URS faulted in projects elsewhere

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 22, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Controversies involving the firm's work in other states have not gotten the same scrutiny here.

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erikj3Jun. 22, 1210:24 PM

This company shouldn't get one cent from Minnesota taxpayers going forward.

mn2niceJun. 22, 1210:46 PM

I think if they do continue to use them the company should be required to submit a performance bond to cover any miscalculations in the future.

PatitodehuleJun. 22, 1211:40 PM

I wonder how well or how badly URS has performed in comparison with its competitors.

alanam8Jun. 23, 1212:09 AM

I think this is the point in the comment thread when a URS flack signs in and blames the Sabo bridge failure on an ambulance. Then again, it's Friday night - maybe even PR flacks get a night off. Does anybody know if Kathy Tunheim is in town? Either way, these clowns need to be sent out of town on URS-designed defective rail.

stplooklistnJun. 23, 12 5:48 AM

Public Works Director not aware of these cases? That's troubling.

gking2mnJun. 23, 12 6:21 AM

Folks this is the unfortunate way these companies work. QC means alot to the true workers but management says save the cost and approve and demand corners to be cut. You wonder how much revenue they are making to have to keep paying out so many fines and civil suits. The bonding company they use must be mafia owned.

minneg56Jun. 23, 12 7:19 AM

gking- agreed. I can also understand some of the ill sentiment toward the company but I'll offer a couple of thoughts. The construction and engineering business is similar to the computer business in that all the talent, design education/training and parts come from the same places. By the same token, execs, senior engineering talent and labor in this field all is essentially from the same talent pool and the same schools and schools of thought. When an exec in this industry wants a better deal ... they simply go on to the next construction/engineering firm. When a senior engineer wants a change of scenery ... they don't go to a baking mix company or a lawn mower company ... they go to a similar firm. Labor for the projects? Same thing. So, essentially, all the talent comes from the same engineering and tech school 'talent pools'. Although it would be logical to 'pan' the firm, in some respects "the devil you know may be better than the one you don't know." My guess is that based on the retained experience, this firm isn't likely to repeat their mistakes anytime soon. But, I also believe that one shouldn't have to think twice about driving on or under any bridge which is built...

ironguruJun. 23, 12 8:12 AM

I'm somewhat baffled by the fact our state continues to use this company. We have many design and engineering firms right here in our state. Why not use them? Not that many years ago MNDOT staff designed and engineered many bridge projects through out the state. Perhaps we need to design bridges for Minnesota not Florida or Southern California.... the weather here is a little different here, ya know!

overlandJun. 23, 12 9:06 AM

Think they'll check out URS in their job on the CapX 2020 Hampton-Rochester-LaCrosse Environmental Impact Statement for the USDA's Rural Utility Service?

brainerdguyJun. 23, 12 9:09 AM

Privatize EVERYTHING!!!!!

Right republicons?????


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