Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 10, 2014

The Right to Stop Work – looking behind the headlines of the Kiewit-Turner decision

By Tim Gordon

On December 9, 2014, a three-member panel of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) ruled that Kiewit-Turner, a Joint Venture (“KT”), could rightfully stop work on the Aurora VA hospital project.  Kiewit-Turner, a Joint Venture v. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, CBCA 3450.  When KT notified the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) that it would indeed stop work, the media picked up the story, but the headlines mostly focused on the contractor’s decision to stop work.  This article explores the CBCA’s ruling and what it says about a contractor’s right to stop work when the projected cost of the work greatly exceeds the contract price.