School construction costs rise by $500,000

May 21, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

At its regular meeting April 24, the Issaquah School Board approved nearly a half-million dollars in changes to construction projects at Briarwood Elementary and Liberty High schools.

The cost of Briarwood’s reconstruction rose by $160,726. Among the largest items in Briarwood’s change order was nearly $22,000 for revisions to the fire lane, curbs, fencing and retaining walls. Another $16,878 was added for overtime during phase two of the project. Relocating dimmer panels into the attic space cost $13,361. Other additions included nearly $9,000 to remove trees, a little over $10,000 for sand box drains, $2,603 for painting and $1,108 to install a thermostat in a new office.

This was the eighth change order for Briarwood, which was originally slated to cost $18.87 million. The price tag for the project is now $19.97 million.

Phase 1 of the Liberty High School addition and modernization went up by $92,910. Changing the lobby floor to burnished concrete and modifying a wall in the main entry lobby cost $26,582. Other additions included $6,874 for modifying the ceiling elevations in the main corridors, $6,252 for outlets in the video production green room and $12,757 to change the ticket booth to wood veneer.

Those changes brought the cost of phase 1 construction at Liberty to a total of $15.11 million, up from the original contract sum of $14.16 million after 13 change orders.

Phase 2 at Liberty grew even more. That part of Liberty’s construction was originally contracted for $18.13 million, but after this most recent change order of $214,180, which is the third for phase 2, the cost is now more than $20.48 million.

The largest addition in the change order is $41,858 to change the plans for administration and counselling rooms. Revising doorframe types cost $2,043 and reconnecting fire sprinklers and power for fire alarms cost $9,430. Other changes include $5,694 to switch the kitchen ceiling panels, $4,831 to add seven surveillance camera locations and $391 to supply water to the icemaker.

Read the change orders in full at Click on “agendas and meetings 2013” under the school board tab at the top of the home page. From there, follow the link to the 4-24-2013 meeting agenda. The individual change orders are listed as files under consent agenda topics.

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