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Contractors file suit over Disney Polynesian pool construction

Balfour Beatty files suit in Orlando over Disney job

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

Dallas-based Balfour Beatty was the general contractor for the pool renovation. It subcontracted with Eustis-based Lake Mechanical Contractors, which hired many additional subcontractors.

Balfour recently filed a federal lawsuit seeking a judge’s order to determine who gets $102,590 the construction firm has been holding onto.

Due to reasons not spelled out in the litigation, the subcontractors have claimed they weren’t paid in full. Lake Mechanical has invoiced Balfour for at least $31,469 of the funds that Balfour holds.

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.

Disney opened the reconstructed Lava Pool area, the main pool at the resort, in May 2015. 

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. That includes 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.

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