Commission considers 7th change order for Beacon

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 2, 2014
An artist's rendering of the Beacon Municipal Center. Photo obtained via

An artist’s rendering of the Beacon Municipal Center. Photo obtained via

When it meets this evening the Decatur City Commission will consider a seventh contract increase for the Beacon Municipal Center, which will bring the total project cost to nearly $33 million.

City Commissioners will consider a $234,750 change order for the building, which now houses the Board of Education and will eventually house Active Living and the Police Department.

The change order, if approved, will raise the total of the contract from $32.6 million to $32.9 million. The total of all seven change orders is $2.5 million.

Here’s a summary of the additional expenses, according to documents attached to tonight’s meeting agenda:

Police and Active Living floor upgrades – $31,000

Active Living Security Upgrade – $27,250

“Unsuitable soils” in the police parking lot, “other site issues” – $36,500

Powder coating perforated metal panels – $20,000

E-911 power and data changes – $21,000

E-911 transaction window – $17,000

Acoustical ceiling and other sound upgrades in the city municipal court – $16,000

Police sally port upgrades – $16,000

Additional dampers for a “dry fire suppression system” – $10,000

Miscellaneous hardware and mechanical changes – $25,000

Miscellaneous electrical upgrades and changes – $15,000

Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 pm and will be held at City Hall located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Catherine Fox

    One of the ways sneaky contractors get a job and still ensure they make the most money is to bid low to win and then follow-up with numerous change orders. Those in charge of the money are supposed to know this game and pick the firm that has the best qualifications and prices, and does not engage in this practice. If a contractor(s) ask for change orders, just say no! Is this poor project planning, poor project management and/or does someone have a favorite contractor who does not mind spending the citizen’s money?!

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