Schools’ construction costs rise $176,430

October 2, 2012

By Staff

The Issaquah School board approved $176,430 worth of school construction changes Sept. 26 at Maywood Middle and Briarwood and Challenger elementary schools.

The largest change order was for an additional $119,241, including a little more than $10,000 in state taxes, for construction work at Briarwood. The contract was originally set at nearly $18.9 million and has already had five additions. The new total for the reconstruction project is now $21.4 million.

The most recent change includes an additional $37,838 to pay workers overtime to make up for construction delays due to bad weather. Another $1,472 is for weekend overtime; $37,766 is for electrical revisions in multiple locations; and another $17,271 is for data revisions per revised drawings. Other additions include $9,266 for lighting and $1,696 for changes to the staff lounge.

The cost of modernizing Maywood Middle School went up by $38,695, bringing the contract total to $14.2 million, including tax.

Additions include $13,344 for more sidewalks and asphalt, $11,274 to take out and replace old phone cable, and $1,358 to add two occupancy sensors to the girls’ restroom near the girls’ locker room. The change order also calls for $1,067 to change the sinks in science classrooms to ones that are more accessible to those with disabilities, $1,547 to frame and install pipe chase in the gym, and $993 for extra drywall work.

Not everything on the change order had an additional cost. The district received a $991 credit for the deletion of signage from the original contract.

Construction costs also went up for Challenger. The contract to modernize the school started out at nearly $1.2 million and has since had four change orders, including the most recent addition of $16,889. The contract now totals almost $1.68 million, including tax.

Challenger’s change order includes about $20,000 worth of additions, including $3,223 to paint doors, and $8,610 for additions to dimensional lettering and signage. However, $4,000 was knocked off the change order because the district received a $3,680 roller window shades credit and saved another $400 on projection screens.

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