High School construction requests additional funding
May 9, 2008
After spending an estimated $23.9 million on construction at Park City High School (PCHS), the Park City School District will likely provide an extra $1.2 million to finish the project which began in 2005. These additional funds are mostly tied to improvements to PCHS and are not all necessitated by the primary construction.
Of the $1.2 million requested to complete the project, about $781,500 will go toward owner-initiated plans. Specifically, contractors will make improvements to PCHS that include: new footpaths, landscaping, heating units, sports facilities, re-roofing and sustainable building certification. As this work will be done at the request of PCHS, the costs for these tasks did not appear in the original estimate. Stephen Oliver, Director of Support Services for the Park City School District compares the work most closely with asking a contractor to stay and complete augmentations to a home after he or she has completed their primary work order.
The district also approved expenditures on five alternate projects around the school. These alternates include the resurfacing of Dozier Field and an improved scene shop attached to the Eccles Center, among other things. None of this work came with the original estimate, but will still cost around $2.5 million. An additional $2.5 million for support costs including portables and other infrastructures could be added to the grand total as well.
This request for $1.2 million, however, is the first made to the school board asking for additional funds outside of the initial hard bid made in November of 2005. Earlier, the district included $1.2 million in contingency funds for construction in that initial estimate. Nearly a quarter of that money went to owner-initiated improvements as well. Oliver points out that their preliminary contingency estimate of $1.2 million would be roughly accurate were it not for the work requested by PCHS.
Contingencies are typical to most construction projects and despite the major setback caused by severe winter weather and an electrical error, the PCHS work thus far has roughly fit into the contingency plans. Although engineers were able to approximate the condition of the preexisting PCHS building, certain intricacies did not become apparent until the building was partly demolished. When the actual condition did not meet the expected one, additional costs were incurred, consequently demanding contingency monies.
One of the largest demands not in the contract will be meeting UDOT requirements necessary to bring the parking lots adjacent to Kearns Boulevard up to UDOT codes. Although this construction carries a $175,000 price tag, most of the demands are tied to UDOT’s stringent safety and longevity concerns.
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These additional costs and projects included, Oliver is still optimistic that the project will be completed by mid-September even though an opportunity may exist for counselors and administrators to move into their new spaces sooner. Either way, the continued construction work looks to be significantly less intrusive for students and faculty next year.