April 17, 2012 — A Smyrna construction firm whose top executives served time in connection with an illegal campaign donation in Mississippi settled a related $3.9 million damage claim Monday. The Facility Group paid the damages for defective construction of a Mississippi beef processing plant.
Parsons, the engineering and construction firm, will oversee DeKalb County schools’ $466 million construction program for the next six weeks. After that, who knows? Parsons and Jacobs Project Management Co. will be paid $644,150 for their trouble. The firms in June won a contract for “supplemental” management, but Superintendent Crawford Lewis gave Parsons “full responsibility” for the program in an Oct. 22 letter. The company takes the reins from chief operations officer Patricia Pope, whose office is under investigation by DeKalb prosecutors.