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LEBANON, Ind. — Attorneys for the last remaining firm targeted by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in the botched Central Library project asked a Boone County jury for healthy skepticism today, the opening day of an expected six-week trial.
Thornton Tomasetti, a New York-based engineering firm, and one of its managing principals are accused by the library of fraud by concealing flaws in its designs of a parking garage and lying to library officials about the soundness of the structure. The library is requesting $24 million in damages against the engineering firm.
The case is rooted in the expansion and renovation of the Central Library in Downtown Indianapolis. The then-$103 million project ballooned by nearly $50 million after cracks and gaps were discovered in the concrete of a new parking garage five years ago, causing library officials to halt construction for more than a year.