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JOVA/DANIELS/BUSBY, INC. v. B & W MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS, INC.
66324.
MCMURRAY, Presiding Judge.
Action on contract. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Jenrette.
This is another appeal arising out of the claimed defective plumbing in the construction of a housing project for the elderly located in Atlanta, Georgia, otherwise known as the Piedmont Road Housing Project for the Elderly. In Barge & Co. v. Employers Mut. Liab. Ins. Co., 163 Ga. App. 573 (295 SE2d 851), many of the facts with reference to this housing project were discussed, although that case involved insurance in a declaratory judgment proceeding. We refer to that case on account of the facts set forth as to the contentions of the parties. The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta sued the architectural concern which had contracted with it for certain professional services and after it was discovered there were certain defective conditions in the horizontal plumbing drain lines resulting from the plumbing installation work at the project. The action was brought in two counts contending that the housing authority had relied on the contract with the architect in the purchase and acceptance of the project after completion. In Count 2 it sought damages resulting from the negligence of the architect in failing to properly inspect the plumbing installation work, the failure of which was a direct and contributing cause of all damages suffered by the housing authority.
After answering the complaint the defendant architect brought a third party action against Barge & Company, Inc. (Barge) (not involved in this appeal) as general contractor, and against Barge's sub-contractor that installed the plumbing (B & W Mechanical Contractors, Inc.) and the engineering firm on which defendant architect had relied for inspections of the plumbing work (not involved in this appeal). The third party complaint was in three counts, the first being against Barge and B & W Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (B & W), jointly and severally, seeking indemnity and/or contribution with respect to any and all damages which might be awarded against the defendant architect contending therein that the "liability of this defendant could only arise and result from alleged passive negligence of this defendant in failing to discover active negligence of [the third party defendants] in supervising and installing the plumbing work on the project," contending it was entitled to full indemnity. In Count 2 it sought judgment for full indemnity against Barge based upon the general conditions applicable to the work in connection with the contract whereby Barge as contractor assumed an obligation "to save the Owner and Architect harmless and to indemnify the Owner and Architect from every expense, liability or payment . . . arising out of or suffered through any act or omission of the contractor or any subcontractor . . ." As to Count 3, we will not set it forth here as it was against the other third party defendant (engineering firm) which had assumed responsibility for the performance of the services with reference to inspection of the plumbing.
Lenwood A. Jackson, Willie E. Robinson, Alfred J. Turk III, H. Andrew Owen, Jr., John W. Greenfield, Moreton Rolleston, Jr., for appellee.
David A. Handley, James C. Huckaby, Jr., for appellant.
DECIDED JULY 15, 1983 -- REHEARING DENIED JULY 25, 1983 -- CERT. APPLIED FOR.
Thursday May 21 19:51 EDT


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