Case Studies

$35.5M Scioto Greenways Redevelopment

Kegler Brown served as construction counsel to the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation when it was charged with redeveloping the Scioto River Greenways and the face of Columbus’ downtown riverfront. This involved removing a dam and conducting substantial river restoration, which brought about the creation of 33 acres of new parkland and 1.5 miles of multi-use trails that connected the Scioto Mile network of parks. This project, noteworthy for both its size and local significance, was completed in late 2015 and won “Public Project of the Year” in the U.S.A. from the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year Awards.

Columbus Commons Downtown Development

This challenging demolition project in the heart of downtown Columbus yielded a gem of a park in an important urban setting. The high visibility project was concluded timely and on budget, with no legal disputes, and has encouraged further revitalization of the city core.

The Penta Career Center

Taxpayers generously funded a cutting-edge 400,000 square foot joint vocational school (JVS) - larger than any in the state and perhaps even the country. Employing creative contracting techniques, including Quick Pay, allowed the school to open an entire school year early, on budget and with no construction claims or disputes.

Ohio Stadium Renovation

The challenge was to complete a $200 million renovation of this legendary stadium between several football seasons where delay was not an option. Even when faced with a secondary labor boycott, prompt legal action allowed the project to complete on time, so that Buckeye fans could witness a national championship season.

Butler Regional Highway

This was the largest highway contract ever issued in Ohio - to connect I-75 to downtown Hamilton. The project was completed under budget and open to the public 18 months early with no disputes. This highway project was named “federal highway of the year” and yielded a substantial early completion incentive bonus for the contractor.

Won Landmark Competitive Bidding Cases

We successfully tried the two landmark cases on competitive bidding in Ohio. In the first, we upheld a major university's rejection of a well-known national contractor as non-responsible. In the second, we prevailed on appeal in overturning a trial court's decision finding $4 billion in school construction contracts void.

Termination + Bid Shopping

Our attorneys played a critical role in an important case in Maryland with national ramifications. The case concerned terminations for convenience and bid shopping and required an amicus brief drafted by our firm that established a "good faith" requirement for such terminations.

Drafted ConsensusDOCS

We were asked to review and draft the ConsensusDOCS family of contract documents and played an active role in drafting many of them, including the Green Building Addendum, which was the first green building contract document adopted on a national basis.

Creation of Unique Rail and Truck Intermodal Facility

Our firm acted as counsel to the owner of a large industrial park in a series of unique transactions that created one of the first-ever non-railroad-owned intermodal facilities in the country, bringing together a mainline railroad, a national trucking carrier and the owner of the intermodal park. In a further attempt to increase rail traffic to the intermodal facility, our client entered into an agreement with the railroad to help finance the construction of a railroad turn-out 60 miles from the facility, which would allow unit trains that normally move north-south to move east-west to the client’s facility. Both projects involved the negotiation of novel agreements between the parties, as well as the attainment of state grants and low-interest loans to fund the projects. Kegler Brown was integral to the creation of the business strategy, as well as the many transactional documents required to complete the project.

Exchange of Real Property Between U.S. Army and Private Industrial Park

Kegler Brown acted as counsel to a privately owned industrial park to acquire adjoining land from the U.S. Army through a federal exchange program in which the private party obligates itself to construct a facility at another government-owned facility and then exchanges the new facility for the property it actually desired to acquire, namely the adjoining U.S. Army-owned land. Our firm was integral to the negotiations, including navigating through the maze of government requirements for the exchange that included approval of Congress.

$50M Redevelopment in Downtown Columbus

Kegler Brown’s construction lawyers provided counsel to the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation in its effort to create the country’s first museum dedicated entirely to the American veteran’s experience. This substantial redevelopment project on the Scioto Peninsula in downtown Columbus involved the demolition of an existing 4,000-seat auditorium, followed by reconstructing a new National Veterans Memorial & Museum, which broke ground in December 2015. Construction is underway on this project, and with its location near COSI and the Scioto Greenways, it will be a significant addition to the west bank of the riverfront in downtown Columbus.