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Hre, Inc. v. United States

April 29, 1998

HRE, INCORPORATED, APPELLANT,
v.
THE UNITED STATES, APPELLEE.



Appealed from: Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Before: Rich, Circuit Judge, Friedman, Senior Circuit Judge, and Lourie, Circuit Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Friedman, Senior Circuit Judge.

The question is whether the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals ("Board") correctly interpreted a government contract for renovation of a building as requiring the contractor to insulate certain piping. We agree with the Board's interpretation of the contract and we affirm its decision.

I.

The Department of Health and Human Services ("government") awarded a contract to HRE, Inc., for renovation of a federal office building. The contract's instructions for insulating piping and air handling and distribution equipment provide in relevant part:

3.3 INSULATION FOR LOW-TEMPERATURE PIPING

A. General: Unless otherwise specified, insulate low-temperature piping.

B. Locations Insulated: Install insulation in the following locations and as indicated:

1. Chilled water piping.

2. Dual-temperature piping (with alternate heating and cooling).

3.4 INSULATION FOR AIR HANDLING AND AIR DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT AND DUCTS

A. General: Unless otherwise specified insulate air handling and air distribution equipment.

B. Ventilation System Locations Insulated [if leaving temperatures less ...


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