Hawaii lawsuit claims Zuckerberg owes money for treehouses
Two years ago, Hawaiian construction company Williams Construction was hired to build a jungle paradise on Mark Zuckerberg’s property in Kauai, including custom treehouses with rope bridges. But after completing the work, Williams Construction says Zuckerberg still owes $133,726.47.
According to the lawsuit the company filed against the tech billionaire, the construction projects took place on a 383-acre parcel of Zuckerberg’s sprawling complex, which encompasses more than 1,400 acres of the island’s north coast, including ocean and beachfront land around Pilaa beach. More recently, in 2021, the family added 110 acres to the Ka Loko Reservoir.
Williams Construction, known for its work in high-end residential construction and luxury renovation projects, agreed to the project with ORBT LLC, a San Francisco company affiliated with Zuckerberg Landholdings.
According to court documents, the construction company attempted to contact ORBT about the unpaid bills, but “failed and/or refused to make payment as requested by Williams.”
The contractor claims he was ‘not paid for all of his labour, materials and equipment as agreed’. If a person provides labor on a home improvement or renovation project, the state of Hawaii allows them to file a lien in court, so that’s where they head next.
In the original contract, Williams Construction agreed to build a jungle house, cabin, and treehouses. The ‘Jungle House (Main)’ was estimated to be worth $2.9 million and would require the construction of a temporary bridge to access the location and the creation of custom rope bridges, according to an email filed in the lawsuit . The “Jungle House (Cabin)” was estimated at $500,000 to complete demolishing and building a new cabin in its place. The treehouses were estimated at $1,000 to $1,500 per square foot and would be very time consuming due to “building scaffolding around the treehouse, complex rope bridges,” the e -mail.
Although not part of the lawsuit, the email also contained an estimate of a $1.2 million “Waterfall House, excluding pool and fire pit for now” proposal.
Zuckerberg’s representatives believe that Williams Construction was rightly compensated.
“To our knowledge, we have paid all invoices submitted by Williams Construction in full,” a spokesperson for the Chan Zuckerberg family told KITV4.
The matter goes to court in Kauai on Wednesday, September 28.