Board rejects construction managers
by Alan Reed
Aug 30, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nell Weer, Dolores Smith, Kevin Stroud, Berlin Moore and Pam Perry examine carpet samples  for the proposed justice center as they await Judge Bill Cunningham’s arrival to the PDB meeting.
Nell Weer, Dolores Smith, Kevin Stroud, Berlin Moore and Pam Perry examine carpet samples for the proposed justice center as they await Judge Bill Cunningham’s arrival to the PDB meeting.
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After announcing that the State Justice Center Project in Trigg County was already $2.5 million over budget, the Project Development Board voted against hiring a construction manager last Wednesday.

County Judge Executive Berlin Moore praised both firms submitting bids. “We’ve had two fine companies make a presentation to us. Now, we need to decide if we should hire a construction manager, and if so, which one.”

Circuit Court Judge Bill Cunningham cited a letter circulated among the board by fellow member and attorney C.A. “Woody” Woodall III. “The fourth paragraph of your letter was concerned with additional delays if a C.M. was hired this late in the process.”

Woodall’s letter was not shared with the public. The Cadiz Record issued an open records request for the content of the letter, but was refused by Moore. Woodall said later the letter was not to be made public due to its nature as confidential correspondence, something that is exempt under Kentucky’s Open Records statute, despite references during the meeting.

Architect Dennis Arthur of the firm of CMW, concurred that a construction manager being hired now could lead to delays. “The timing of this vote is later than ideal. Our office likes to get involved with a CM earlier. As it is, we may have missed the window, and are too far down the road to back up now. There is a potential for time loss.”

Arthur added, “An in-depth review and cost analysis could take a couple of weeks.”

The board asked Vance Mitchell, of the Administrative Office of the Courts about the position of his agency.

“I have no desire to push the issue either way,” said Mitchell. “I agree with Dennis (Arthur) that the time to get a CM on board is when the architect is hired, but my concern is that we are well over budget now. I spoke to Garland Vanhook, (of the AOC’s Facilities program) and he said it might be wise to bring in a second party at this point, like seeking a second opinion from a doctor. I do not want to take anything away from CMW, but another opinion could be helpful.”

The board took proposals from a CM almost a year ago, but did not broach the subject of hiring until last week.

Cunningham wondered what incentives a CM would have to provide a quality structure while reducing costs in a project.

Arthur felt that “checks and balances” between himself and a CM should maintain high standards during construction.

Board Member and Circuit Court Clerk Pam Perry said felt that a general contractor could provide the same oversight as a CM, with scrutiny from the board. However, a general contractor will have nothing to do with the budget planning stages as would a CM.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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