“Million Dollar Maybe”: School Redesign Claim Escalates

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By Dave Freneaux

The structural steel redesign of Central's new schools may cost someone in excess of $1 Million to correct.  $1,017,580.37 is the formal request made on February 4th by Arkel Anderson Joint Venture, the contractor building the new Central Community School System schools on Sullivan Road.  This cost estimate has risen from the initial amount of just over $800,000 two weeks ago.
On face value, the design flaws seem to be the responsibility of the architect firm, PBK, the designers of the school buildings.  If that holds true, it would follow that the Central Community School System will bear none of the costs for the redesign.  The party ultimately responsible for the costs resulting from the redesign will have the task of negotiating a settlement with either the school system or the contractor.  In the meantime, construction continues under the Construction Change Directive issued by PBK, which allows the Contractor to continue the job while the extent and responsibility of the redesign costs are determined.


  1. Ray

    February 11, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I find it interesting how the cost of this structural change has increased since it was brought to the attention of the school board construction coordinator on Oct 8, 2010 by Arkel/Anderson. Take a look at the school board minutes for Monday, Oct 25, 2010. Under New Business, Item Q, located at the bottom of page 3 and continues to page 4.

  2. Another Central resident

    February 11, 2011 at 8:12 am


    It is called a change order. Once it was deemed that the design was incorrect then the original pricing goes out the window. If I bid a project with 8″ asphalt but now you want 10″ asphalt there is no way I will do it for the same price. Change orders happen all the time in construction but I can’t believe that a roof design was off this much. Should have used a different architect in my opinion.

  3. Ray

    February 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    ACR, I understand their would probably be a change order, but by reading the comments by Mr Bogan, it seems maybe he was given or under the impression that the cost would be minimal. I also found it interesting that the problem was revealed to Mr Bogan around the time the contractor was given the “Notice to Proceed”, which would start the 365 calendar days required of the contractor to substantially complete the intermediate school, and 487 calendar days for the middle school. The bid contract states that no weather delays or extensions of time of any kind will be allowed. The penalties for unsubstantial completion would be $2000 dollars per day per campus and $500 dollars per day for uncompleted punch lists. I think the contract for the school was awarded around the 20th of August, but saw the complete project was up for rebid on the Dodge reports sometime during Oct. and once again Dec 2.

  4. Captain Obvious

    February 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I have been involved in enough bid project to know the contractors will bid the project knowing of some possible constructibility issues to only show up at the pre-construction (before Notice to Proceed is given) with a change order request in hand.

    Also, I have been involved with enough projects that had restrictions like you state above but in the end the governing agency always caves to avoid being tied up in court with lawsuits. Usually the governing agency give more time or additional funds to help get the projects done.

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