Friday, March 24, 2000
Gleason Library costs 'ahead of the curve'
Despite the approval of approximately $95,000 in change orders, construction costs for the Gleason Public Library renovation and expansion are under control. "We're ahead of the curve," said library trustee Mary Cheever, who pointed out that the project is more than 50 percent complete while 75 percent of the contingency fund remains.
The largest of the change orders, approved by the selectmen on March 14, amounted to approximately $50,000. This sum represented the additional cost of substituting one of the electrical subcontractors. This cost, while a change order to the original contract, was anticipated before the contract was finalized and was incorporated into the contract price.
The remaining $45,000 in change orders was taken from the contingency fund. The amount of $200,000, or approximately ten percent of the total contract price, had been set aside for this fund.
Speaking on behalf of all the library representatives, Cheever said they were thrilled with the design of the building as it is taking shape. She estimated that the construction will be substantially complete in mid-May.
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