Issaquah School Board approves school construction changes

January 1, 2013

By Staff

The Issaquah School Board approved more than $300,000 worth of changes Dec. 12 for construction at Briarwood Elementary, Liberty High and Maywood Middle schools.

Briarwood’s costs went up by $116,230.69. Of the 25 items included on the change order, 18 are $2,000 or more and nine of those have price tags more than $5,000.

The largest addition, by far, is $29,055 for modifications to the school’s ductwork.

Other larger ticket items include $6,193 for more fire sprinklers; $6,230 for revisions to condensate drains and $6,070 to pump the old septic tank before removing it. Adding corner guards in the kitchen costs $2,559, and $2,437 will be spent to add crushed rock edging between the school and the fence instead of landscape bark.

There are also several additions that should help speed up construction. The cost for summer overtime to get Phase 2 site work ready for the start of school was $5,548. Another $5,085 was spent to speed up the Phase 2 site work from July 23 to Aug. 3 and $1,552 was spent on the same thing for the week of Aug. 20-28.

Briarwood’s original construction contract was for $18.87 million. After seven change orders, including this one, the new total is $19.82 million.

Additional costs of $116,014 were approved for Liberty’s construction project.

The change order includes several items, like $23,087 for temporary electrical main panel switches to make sure the school still gets power while the new permanent panels are installed, $30,142 to add generator conduits to Phase 1 instead of Phase 2 to avoid cutting into the future new asphalt and $3,103 to add three light fixtures to Room 1212.

This is the project’s 11th change order and brings the total cost from the original estimate of $14.16 million to $16.34 million.

The school board also approved the 11th change order for Maywood, which added $78,527 worth of additions to the school’s construction. Changes included $17,862 to install tapered insulation where the existing roof was framed flat; $23,653 for final sewer work; and $2,621 to relocate fire alarms that conflicted with construction of the new library and corridors.

The original contract for Liberty started at $12.19 million and now totals $13.26 million.

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