Alleged defects in spandrel glass units on a newly completed mixed-use building in Portland, Ore., have prompted a lawsuit against the project’s contract glazier and glass supplier.

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Building owner 12W RPO LLC is suing general contractor Hoffman Construction Co., contract glazier Benson Industries of Portland and glass fabricator Viracon Inc. for a collective $6 million to replace the units and cover the cost of lost rent at the 22-story building called “The Indigo.”

After completion of construction, according to a complaint filed in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, the owner allegedly “discovered the polyester metallic opacifier film adhered to the spandrel glass units installed in its building was defective in that it was separating and peeling away from the spandrel glass units, damaging the film, the spandrel glass units, and property exposed to sunlight through the damaged spandrel glass units.”

The lawsuit was filed in in Multnomah County on July 8.

Claims for relief in the suit include strict products liability, negligent products liability and breach of warranty against all defendants, as well as a breach of contract against Hoffman.

The complaint alleges that the defendants were negligent in failing to manufacture, inspect and install the film properly and that the three parties are on the hook for cost of remediation of the issues.

According to the property’s website, apartments in the complex rent from $2,295 to $6,200 a month, and the building also rents office space on the lower levels.

Factors considered in the estimated cost of remediation of the alleged damage include diagnosis, mitigation and the repair itself, as well as the loss of profits before and after the repair time frame, which the owner asserts will take “at least four calendar months.”

According to a report by the Oregonian, the glazing at The Indigo isn’t the only thing the plaintiffs have in sight. A day before filing this complaint, the owners filed a lawsuit against a supplier of plumbing parts for the building.