The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Seele “violated the important ‘aesthetic aspect’ of the architect’s design,” and its mockups were “unsightly and wholly unacceptable for use on the project.” As a result, the firm was not able to meet its October 2013 deadline to design, fabricate, and install the facade, delaying the project’s timeline.
The Broad’s lawsuit also names Zurich American Insurance Company and Fidelity and Deposit Company—backers of a bond guaranteeing Seele’s work—as defendants.
“Seele did not possess the necessary skill, experience, resources, commitment, or ability to perform the work at The Broad museum,” states the complaint. Broad Foundation spokesperson Karen Denne told AN, “we’re not commenting—the lawsuit speaks for itself.”
As of now the $130 million museum, located just south of Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, is still set to open in 2015, but the exact date remains up in the air. When completed, the museum will be home to the Broad Collection’s stable of over 2,000 contemporary artworks, as well as offices for the Broad Foundation.