The Cost of Cutting Corners:
October 25, 2010

It has been well documented that Kier Property Management and Kier Construction performed the rehab of this building in 1987.
For those who require more proof... These are pictures from the National Parks Service, that Kier submitted with their application to have the building recognized as an Historic Landmark. (also known as site 9).
In 1987, Kier performed a substantial rehabilitation of this building, in which they all but gutted it, including the relocation and re-plumbing of 14 bathrooms and the re-piping of the entire building, with defective, "Poly Tubing"

Kier claims that they have no knowledge that the Poly Tubing had been found to be defective, as a result of several,  large class action lawsuits.

In Utah, for Kier to claim that they have no knowledge of this class action against the manufacturers of Poly Tubing, or that Poly Tubing itself had been found to be defective, is a lot like someone claiming to have no knowledge of the events of 9/11.         UNBELIEVABLE.

Kier had absolutely no interest in the historical significance of the building.  They had it declared an Historic Landmark and performed the rehab on it, in order to obtain a government subsidized, housing contract with HUD and to secure housing tax credits from the U.S. Government.

Due to company founder, Jim Kier's reputation and standing in the community and with HUD, Kier Construction was able to cut every possible corner during the reconstruction process of the rehabilitation and likely relied upon that reputation to get Ogden City building inspectors to either look the other way, or sign off on improperly and/or illegally done work. (if they even told them about the work at all).

Because Kier went on to manage and maintain the building continuously, for the next 23 years, Kier was able to maintain the corners they cut during the rehab, and continued cutting corners with regard to repairs and maintenance of the building ever since, without detection.

These corner cutting, improper or illegally made repairs include:
Below are the building permits that were issued to Kier in 1987 for the remodel and rehab of this building.
Most were either not signed off as completed, or were rolled over onto another, blanket permit and forgotten.

Today, I received this report from my plumber, detailing the illegal installation of 14 out of 14 toilet flanges at the building.

According to the International Plumbing Code, the one and ONLY, legal method of installing and securing an ABS toilet flange to the sub floor (a sub floor that Kier built and installed) is by cutting the appropriate size hole in the sub floor and then securing the flange to the sub floor, using coarsely threaded brass screws.

The plumbing code requires the use of these more expensive, brass screws, because they don't rust and therefore ensure that the flange will stay securely attached to the sub floor.

The screws that Kier used to attach every toilet flange in the building to the sub floor were steel, screwed into plastic wall anchors. These steel screws eventually rusted through, causing the toilets and flanges to break free from the sub floors, resulting in the leakage of raw sewage into almost every unit and exposing tenants to yet another health hazard.

Due to the report from my plumber, regarding the illegal mounting of all 14 of the building's toilet flanges, I posed some questions to him in this email, in order to get a better understanding of the situation.

His answers (in red) were rather enlightening...and a little disturbing also.

In light of the fact that Kier performed the original installation of these ABS toilet flanges, during their rehab of the building in 1987 and the fact that they would have also been responsible for performing any subsequent replacements of these flanges since that time, all evidence point towards only 2 explanations.

  1. Kier, inappropriately cut corners and illegally installed 14 out of 14 toilet flanges during their rehab of the building in 1987, yet were somehow able to get this work signed off by Ogden City Building Inspectors, as being properly done.
  2. Kier, inappropriately cut corners and illegally repaired or reinstalled 14 out of 14 toilet flanges over the 23 years that they continuously managed and maintained the building, since the 1987 rehab.

Not that ANYONE has ever accused Ogden City inspectors of being,
Overly on the ball.... or honest... or full of integrity, but...

This is a complaint, received by Ogden City Building inspectors on January 08, 2008
indicating that, "waste was leaking from the ceiling"...

Know what else this complaint indicates?
That Ogden City Building inspectors received a complaint of waste leaking
from the ceiling in one of the units on January 8, 2008...

This is what was left of the sub-floor in one of the unit's bathrooms due to the illegal toilet installations

    Aside from the obvious implications associated with these explanations, are the implications that:
    1. Kier routinely and negligently employed unqualified and/or inexperienced personnel to perform the construction, maintenance and repair of the properties they built, managed or maintained.  or
    2. A large and prominent construction company like Kier, that has been responsible for the design and construction of countless condominium complexes, apartment buildings and homes across 3 states, routinely cut corners on their projects and used inappropriate and/or substandard materials in the construction and repair of those properties.
    3. Kier used their standing and reputation in the community, to sway or otherwise influence building inspectors, to sign off on sub-standard or shoddy work.
    4. Ogden City Building Inspectors are either, "On the take", or "Total Idiots" that are completely unqualified to do the work that your tax dollars pay for.  (Even an unqualified idiot wouldn't miss the same thing, 14 separate times)

    The majority of illegal or improperly done work
    that Kier did on my building, was done

    Imagine the corners they wouldn't mind cutting on a building that they didn't own

    In either case, Kier has established a total disregard for even the simplest of building codes for at least the last 23 years 


    Below are 2 pictures of an apartment building that is managed by Kier Property Management
    • The first picture is how the building is marketed all across the internet.  Nice enough looking....
    • The second picture (right) is of how Kier ACTUALLY maintains this building for out of state owners in ME
    What happened to those lush green lawns, the neatly maintained landscape and 
    the crisply painted trim???
      WOW!... What a slum!

      You can see Kier's trademark sign right out front

      It would likely be a wise choice for anyone who is:

      • Currently living in a Kier built or managed property;  or-
      • A director of an HOA at a Kier Built or maintained property;  or-
      • The owner of a property that was built or is managed or maintained by Kier...

          to call for an audit of Kier's construction and maintenance practices and have your property examined by an experienced and qualified building inspector, to ensure that your property was properly constructed and/or maintained by Kier. 

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