State Justice Center now $2.5 million over budget
by Alan Reed
Aug 29, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even without the first piece of building material being ordered, Trigg County’s planned Justice Center is already $2.5 million over budget. The financial plight was revealed during a special meeting of the Project Development Board held last Wednesday afternoon.

Architect Dennis Arthur, representing CDW, Inc., told board members much of the cost was involved with expected seismic problems associated with the area the Administrative Office of the Courts did not included in the original budget figures.

Vance Mitchell, representing the Administrative Office of the Courts, said during the discussion on whether to hire a construction manager for the project, “My concern is that during the Phase B review, the project is well over budget. The seismic construction is a major concern of the AOC.”

“With the absence of a geotechnical report, we were budgeted at $225 a square foot, and are now at $247 per square foot for the building,” Arthur told the board

Mitchell told board members that he felt “that the seismic construction was not factored. No (judicial center) project in the state has cost $247 per square foot.” Mitchell also said that he had only learned of the $2.5 million budgetary gaffe the previous evening about 5 p.m.

Arthur told board members of the problem at least two months ago.

Circuit Court Judge Bill Cunningham, a member of the board, believed that additional consideration should be given by the AOC. “If it was not factored before the project began, then they should give us what we need now.”

Arthur said that maps show that Trigg County is in a Class-D seismic zone, the second highest rating gauging the danger of an earthquake. “The AOC needs to expect a tremendous amount of increased cost when seismic construction is not accounted for. I can’t change that. We can conduct tests to determine what type of rock is underneath the site, but I do not think it will go from Class-D to C.”

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