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Prairie City News

Changes to parking lot reconstruction top $87,000 at high school

The PCM School Board discusses the changes proposed to the plan for the high school parking lot reconstruction during a special meeting on July 26.
The PCM School Board discusses the changes proposed to the plan for the high school parking lot reconstruction during a special meeting on July 26.

A change order for the high school parking lot reconstruction will add an extra $87,500 to the project’s bottom line. The PCM School Board approved the order during a special meeting July 26 with funds coming from the contingency built into the project.

“You can’t deny it and slow the project down. We’re going to have to get it going,” board president Mitchell Chipps said.

Nick Bruck, of the DCI Group working on the project, said the discrepancy came in the drawing for the demolition plan on an area covering about 16,000 square feet of the parking lot. Originally, the plan called to have the asphalt milled down and resurfaced with new asphalt. After looking at the final contours of the site, Bruck said they found that plan would not work.

“The existing asphalt parking lot, we have put in a lot of curbs and a curb island, which you didn’t have before, and drop inlets where all of the storm water is going,” Bruck said. “Before it sheet flowed on grade until it eventually left, now it is going in the ground. The new drainage didn’t work with leaving the paving and we saw, when we were stacking curbs, we were going to have it where a top of a curb was lower than the existing parking.”

To remedy the issue, it was decided the existing asphalt would have to be removed, the grade lowered for the area and a new surface put in. When completed, the grade of the land will be slightly lower, which will be beneficial when water is present in the area.

With school set to start in less than a month, time is of the essence to complete the work.

“We don’t have a month, because technically we are suppose to be paving in two weeks,” Bruck said. “We’re suppose to be done paving by Aug. 20. It might be a month until schools starts but we have to be done way before that.”

With the change having a top dollar price attached to it, Chipps asked Bruck how the engineers who worked on the drawings did not catch the error. In short, Bruck said it just happens.

“It is not the first error that has been on a set of drawings. How does it happen? It happens,” Bruck said. “We deal with these kinds of things all of time.”

Bruck said he did ask to price concrete as an option for the project but found it was not economical for the job.

“I don’t really like change orders for a job, they really are just more of a hassle,” Bruck said.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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