James Talcott Construction, Inc. v. United States, No. 14-427 C, 2019 BL 72711, at *1 (Fed. Cl. Mar. 4, 2019)
In May of 2010, the United States, acting through the Department of Defense (the “Government”) awarded a contract to James Talcott Construction, Inc. (“Talcott”) to replace existing housing for military families at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. Talcott was required to construct thirteen buildings, each comprising seventy housing units. Each building was to be constructed with concrete foundations and wood framing, and the project’ design called for wooden floor joists and subfloor decking to be enclosed in crawlspaces. The contract stated that the “structural drawings and specification represent the finished structure… [but] do not indicate the method of construction. The contractor will provide all measures necessary to protect the structure during construction.” The plans and specifications were silent as to ventilation of the crawlspaces.