Tech contractor sues apartments near WSU

A Washington technology contractor has filed suit to foreclose on an apartment complex near Wichita State University.

Five K Technologies of Yakima, Wash., contends in the lawsuit filed late last week in Sedgwick County District Court that it is owed $82,472 for installing wiring and cable at the Grove Wichita apartments at 29th Street North and Oliver.

The complex was built in 2008 by the construction arm of Campus Crest, a Charlotte, N.C., company that is building a string of apartment complexes aimed at college students.

Five K was one of a number of contractors on the project who filed liens over the past year, although most have since been settled.

The local attorney for Five K, Joseph Weber, said the filing is a way to increase the pressure.

"We want to use that leverage to get paid," he said. "We don't want to own the property."

Shannon King, chief marketing officer for Campus Crest, wouldn't comment on the case but said the company is in the midst of rapid growth and that some problems are inevitable.

"With the volume of construction, there will always be a percentage that is in dispute," she said.

The company has 27 complexes nationwide and is building three more.

The Wichita complex has 192 units but is divided into space for 489 people. Each bedroom within a two- or three-bedroom unit has its own bathroom and its own lease.