Microsoft sues 27-year partner over work quality

The old adage is that you do a job right, or you don't do it at all. Microsoft probably feels this way as they've taken out a breach of contract lawsuit against a building contractor due to shoddy work on a data center they relied upon.

Seattle's Callison Architecture has been the target of the lawsuit due to a dodgy roofing system at Microsoft's Central Washington center. That could have caused damage to thousands of servers through general water leaks and other nasties that rainwater can bring, such as mold and condensation.

The suit, taken out at King County Superior Court, states the company had to pay to replace the roof for themselves at a cost of around $6 million. Callison Architecture figured the center didn't need a vapor barrier in the roof and Microsoft disagreed. The customer is always right, especially when he has almost 30 years of history with you.

It is interesting that Callison and Microsoft have come to blows, with the two having been friends since 1985. Indeed, Callison's webpage has a specific section relating to their Microsoft business relationship.

The Central Washington data center lies in the city of Quincy, alongside centers operated by Yahoo and Dell. The area's low electricity pricing is a bonus for companies running thousands of high-end servers at once, for obvious reasons. The center has been running in Quincy since 2006.

Source: Bizjournal

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M_Lyons10 said,
They didn't see a need in a vapor barrier in Seattle of all places?? Wow, this roofer deserves to be sued...

I don't think you get it. This is all on the design team for not including a vapor barrier in the design. The contractor is not responsible for the design of the roofing system and cannot be accountable for the performance of the roof if installed correctly. Obviously the GC/roofer should do their due diligence and point out any identified or perceived issues, but ultimately it is the design team that provides the final decision on whether to incorporate these changes or not. (Disclaimer: I work for a commercial GC, but had nothing to do with this project)

Some big bank or collection of banks or corporations should sue Microsoft for shoddy workmanship in Windows. Through easily preventable holes they allowed viruses and hackers to steal many millions over the years and have only recently started taking security seriously.

I bet there are many emails in Microsoft where engineers are advising against some 'feature' only for management or marketing to demand its added no matter the concerns.

You fail at easily preventable.
It's not like they leave holes in there on purpose, this company quite obviously cut corners hoping no one would notice.

Mikeffer said,
You fail at easily preventable.
It's not like they leave holes in there on purpose, this company quite obviously cut corners hoping no one would notice.

Especially if they didn't see a need for a vapor barrier...

Konstantine said,
>The center has been running in Quincy since 2006.

Don't tell me I was the only one that thought of Bleach... Come on!

If you want to spread the mold, go ahead...

MorganX said,
I'm proud of the Anti-Windows 8 factions here on Neowin for letting this one pass on by. lol.

Lolwut

MorganX said,
I'm proud of the Anti-Windows 8 factions here on Neowin for letting this one pass on by.

Let's also thank the moon-landing conspiracy theorists as well. They have just as much to add to this article as the anti-windows 8 guys, so good on them for keeping away...

On the subject of the article, isn't 6 years a bit of time to wait before turning around and saying, "you didn't do the job correctly"?

I have wanted to tell you I like the Avatar you use. I have been to Columbus Ohio twice and other parts of Ohio and I liked it. Lets call Calvin and fix that damn roof!

remixedcat said,
Get my mom's friend's hubby Calvin to do it he's the roofing pro of central ohio!!!!

Ha ha! Thank you ! ;-) I'll give him a call! ;-)

flynempire said,
I have wanted to tell you I like the Avatar you use. I have been to Columbus Ohio twice and other parts of Ohio and I liked it. Lets call Calvin and fix that damn roof!

Kalint said,

$6 mil lawsuit is slow news?

You can probably collect $6 million dollars worth of bills and coins that are scattered on the floors of a Microsoft data center.

VerletzerCR said,

You can probably collect $6 million dollars worth of bills and coins that are scattered on the floors of a Microsoft data center.

Yeah, except it isn't Microsoft that are being sued!

VerletzerCR said,

You can probably collect $6 million dollars worth of bills and coins that are scattered on the floors of a Microsoft data center.

Why should anyone BUT the contractor be responsible for shoddy workmanship?