FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City council has approved several construction contracts for the new RCMP detachment.
The thirteen contracts approved on Monday will cost the city a combined $2.3 million. The work includes woodwork, panelling, flooring, painting, toilet partitions and staff lockers.
Despite some tenders being listed “significantly above the original estimated budget for those particular items”, the city said the project is still in an “excellent position”. The project has 4.9 million in contingencies and a $3.7 million budget remaining for furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
“An increase and escalation in the cost of materials is definitely a factor. Millwork is significantly over budget but the epoxy requirements from the RCMP, along with acoustic wall panel requirements have also added to the costs,” said the June 14th report to council.
“We will be reducing millwork scope by post-tender addenda to tone it down and to also reuse some of the recent millwork that was done in the existing detachment.”
A tender package remains for landscaping, currently budgeted at $1.05 million, says the report.
The city says of the $31.4 million of contracts awarded, $21.2 million or 67% have been awarded to local contractors.
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