Oakland diocese sues cathedral builders, architects for design flaws

Oakland diocese sues cathedral builders, architects for design flaws


Catholic World News – July 17, 2017
The Diocese of Oakland, California, has brought suit against architects and contractors involved in the building of the city’s new cathedral, pointing to “design and/or construction defects and damages.”

In the suit, the diocese reveals that water damage has led to sagging floors, cracked walls, and warped doorways in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The cathedral, built at a cost of $175 million, was completed in 2018.

Reference: Oakland cathedral construction flaws at center of diocese lawsuit (Mercury News)

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4 comments on “Oakland diocese sues cathedral builders, architects for design flaws

  1. According to the referenced article (Oakland cathedral construction flaws at center of diocese lawsuit), suits and counter-suits are flying all over the place:


    Several involved entities, including Webcor, filed cross-complaints, according to court documents. Webcor’s cross complaint alleges that its subcontractors should be responsible for fixing the damage if the court finds the diocese’s claim is valid. Some of those subcontractors subsequently filed cross-complaints invoking clauses in their contracts that they say indemnify them against claims like the lawsuit.

  2. Flaw 1: It be UGLY!
    Flaw 2: It be REALLY ugly!

  3. Personally, I think the building is beautiful, at least on the outside, but NOT as a church. Anyway, it’s a huge improvement over San Fran’s Maytag Cathedral.
    However, I do wonder where they got the money to pay for it. The photo shows a liturgical event going on, and this is not exactly a vibrant “faith community”, judging by the number of people who showed up.
    Of course, ‘vibrant faith community’ and ‘Novus Ordo parish’ are mutually exclusive terms…but that’s another story.

    • The referenced article mentions the cathedral’s cost, the ongoing fundraiser, and the outstanding debt:

      The construction of the cathedral complex itself cost a hefty sum — a total of $175 million by the time it was completed in 2008. At the start of the diocese’s “Reclaiming Christ’s Mission Together” capital campaign in 2015, the diocese had amassed $114.7 million in bond debt, in part from the construction of the cathedral and other costs.

      The photo is of a 2011 Christmas Mass when churches are usually full and overflowing.

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