On September 9, 2019, a Maryland federal court awarded Skanska USA Building, Inc. (Skanska) compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, and litigation expenses including attorney and expert fees in its suit against subcontractor J.D. Long Masonry, Inc. (Long) for defective masonry work at a Johns Hopkins University research facility.

According to the decision, in 2004 the National Institutes of Health hired New Jersey-based Skanska as the general contractor on a project to build a biomedical research facility on Johns Hopkins’ Maryland campus. In turn, Skanska subcontracted with Long to construct a masonry facade for the research facility. In April 2013, a portion of the facade collapsed as a result of Long’s deficient work prompting Skanska to retain third-party C.A. Lindman, Inc. (Lindman) to remediate the damage. Skanska subsequently brought a one-count complaint against Long seeking monetary damages for breach of the subcontract.