CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 12, 1975
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(Studio) Govt. recently reported 269 nonmil. federal construction projects had amassed cost overruns amting. to $57 billion. 1 construction project supervised by General Services Administration reported on.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 5 years ago before courthouse and office building constructed, General Services Administration was warned that building might sink, but General Services Administration didn't listen, so now it's spending enormous amts. of money to keep building from sinking. Foundation put up by McCloskey and Company; problem began then. [GSA admin. Arthur SAMPSON - says accepted method used in constructing foundation.] While building still under construction, 5 General Services Administration officers wrote superiors warning that foundation faultily laid. [SAMPSON - says investigation into building revealed construction methods correct.] [Architect Val JOHNSON - says Americans try to build building 1st then put foundation underneath, and it won't work.] Cracks have appeared on walls; may be caused by sinking columns. Architect Roy Carroll says General Services Administration told him not to communicate with CBS News. General Services Administration employees in Philadelphia instructed not to talk with CBS either. [SAMPSON - says manner in which construction managed would present opportunity for cutting corners on job.]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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