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Inuvik sues architect over Midnight Sun Rec Complex problems

The town of Inuvik, N.W.T., is suing a Yellowknife architect for what it says are major flaws in the design of an addition to the town's recreation complex.

Inuvik sues architect over Midnight Sun Rec Complex problems

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The town of Inuvik, N.W.T., is suing a Yellowknife architect for what it says are major flaws in the design of an addition to the town's recreation complex.

Guy Architects says it's the town's fault there are flaws and has launched a countersuit for payment it says it never received.

The town of Inuvik hired architect Wayne Guy to design an addition to the Midnight Sun Recreation Centre in 2002. It wanted to add an indoor pool and family centre.

The town says the drawings Guy gave them didn't give correct measurements for the addition's roof. Construction was already underway when the contractor realized the roof was too high and didn't match up with the existing building. The town says it had to spend almost $2 million to fix the problem.

A view of the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex in Inuvik, N.W.T. (David Thurton/CBC)

It also says the materials Guy told it to use for the addition don't properly repel snow or rain, so moisture has gotten inside the building and caused damage to the walls and insulation.

In court documents, the town says it expected Guy to "use such reasonable skill and care in providing the services, as might be expected of a reasonably competent professional."

Guy denies making any errors in measurements. He says even if he did, it's the construction contractor's job to make sure all measurements are correct.

Guy says he advised against using the materials the town is having problems with, but the town chose to use them anyway. He's now counter-suing the town, saying it still owes him money for the work. With interest, those fees now total more than $100,000.

If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement on who should pay for what, they'll go to court early next year.

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