Grand Prairie ISD Petitions to Further Investigate PBK Architects, Inc. | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Grand Prairie ISD Petitions to Further Investigate PBK Architects, Inc.



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    Some of the many cracks can be seen in this photo at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas on May 19, 2013. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

    Grand Prairie ISD wants to know if PBK Architects, Inc., who designed the now closed Allen football stadium, is also responsible for causing millions of dollars in damages at its properties.

    The nearly $60 million Eagle Stadium in Allen recently closed two years after opening. Engineering experts said the stadiums' cracks were caused by problems in the structural design.

    That structural design was made by PBK Architects, Inc., the same company that designed two of Grand Prairie Independent School District's campuses- Juan M. Seguin Elementary School and Ronald W. Reagan Middle School.

    Both schools sit on top of a type of soil that could be difficult to build on.

    In documents filed for a deposition, the Grand Prairie ISD stated they shared that information with PBK Architects. In the filing, the school district also stated that shifting soil caused foundation problems that lead to leaks in both schools, costing the district about $4 million to fix.

    Grand Prairie ISD issued a statement saying that the two problems were detected and resolved back in 2009 and 2012. They said the petition comes after a lengthy review in an effort to hold the responsible contractors accountable.

    The school district wants a bigger review from those people who worked directly on the project. A hearing on this petition is expected to take place in July.

    NBC 5 contacted representatives of PBK Architects and are still waiting for a comment.