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LEC still on schedule

Webster County sups approve change orders

July 20, 2011
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Even with two additional change orders, the Law Enforcement Center project is still within budget and on schedule.

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved two additional change orders for the first and third phases of the project during its Tuesday meeting.

The first change order submitted by Jensen Builders of Fort Dodge was $14,635, which was needed to make repairs to concrete block work before applying the building's facade.

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"They found shortfalls on the interior wall that needs to be repaired," Supervisor Clark Fletcher said. He added that the second change order of $1,168.44 related to work on the third-floor jail, which is being done by Kolacia Construction of Fort Dodge, and involved modifications to electrical requirements.

The supervisors said the three-phase construction project was still within the $7.4 million bond the county took out for the project, and if all goes well, is expected to be completed by the end of December.

The three projects were bid separately with two contracts going to Jensen and the last to Kolacia. All came in under bid for a total of $6.3 million.

Chad West, with Haila Architecture - which is the firm overseeing the project, said change orders have totaled $51,686 for the first phase and $1,920 for the second phase.

"The original bid came in under budget, so there was some room for changes," West said. "Plus, we had a contingency, which we often have for projects, which allow for unforeseen conditions. Going into this project we were aware there would be some changes, so we had some measures in place."

During the supervisors' meeting, Webster County Engineer Randy Will asked if there was oversight for the project.

"I know they've got a very competent contractor on the project," Will said. "Are we taking measures to monitor and inspect so we don't have a repeat of work in years to come?"

Fletcher said Haila has been overseeing all the work and providing the board with its reports and observations.

"I feel they're doing their due diligence to ensure it's a quality project," Fletcher said.

Supervisor Bob Singer added that a board member attends the bimonthly construction meetings where the contractors and workers discuss how the project is progressing and address any problems or challenges.

"We are able to give them our input," Singer said. "They know we want it done right, but we're not going to tolerate a bunch of change orders for the sake of generating income."

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