Walt Disney World pool contractors in court disputing payment for services

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Contractors who worked on recent pool renovation at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort are squabbling over payment for their services, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Dallas-based Balfour Beatty, the general contractor for the pool renovation, subcontracted with Eustis-based Lake Mechanical Contractors, which hired many additional subcontractors, the newspaper reported. The project was completed in 2015.

However, Balfour recently filed a federal lawsuit seeking a court order to determine who will receive the $102,590 the company has retained.

The newspaper article says the litigation doesn’t specify the reasons, but subcontractors have claimed they weren’t paid in full. Lake Mechanical has invoiced Balfour for at least $31,469 of the funds.

In its court filing, Balfour states that one of Lake Mechanical’s lenders, New York-based New Era, has demanded that Balfour satisfy a judgment it holds against Lake Mechanical. The New Era judgment is due to a completely separate holdup on another construction job, a medical center in Lake City, according to court filings.

Balfour claims it is at risk of exposing itself to liability if it attempts to distribute the funds, and is asking the court to block any attempts to sue over the money and to determine who gets the money.

The newspaper says the pool area and its fake volcano is just outside the resort’s Great Ceremonial House. The pool deck was expanded to provide more seating. The project also added a new children’s play area called Kiki Tikis Splash, for younger guests with two slides, wading pools, water jets and waterfalls.

Other contractors listed in the Balfour suit include: Auburndale-based Petroleum Compliance Solutions; Charlotte, North Carolina-based Unitherm; Pennsylvania-based Hughes Supply; Deltona-based Higgins Information Technologies; Orlando-based Lapin Sheet Metal Company; Orlando Winnelson, and North Carolina-based Trane U.S. Inc.

Image:  The Walt Disney WorldPolynesian Resort Lava Pool



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