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The unforeseen costs are adding up but haven't put the project over budget. In total, additional costs have cost the city nearly $66,000, which leaves $64,000 remaining in the pool project's contingency fund—money set aside to pay for such expenditures.

The latest among those costs are a $26,000 pair of new diving boards that will need to be purchased, as the current ones are in too poor of condition to be reinstalled.

Unexpected costs can be a common occurrence during remodeling projects such as the $1.8 million one taking place at the pool, but there shouldn't be anymore major surprises, said Mark Bohlman, project manager with EAPC Architects Engineers.

"We've opened everything up to a point where we can see it pretty well," he said. "There may be a few minor changes here and there, but nothing major."

While there were plans to reuse materials such as the diving boards and lockers in the pool's bathhouse, they were deemed unfeasible once the items' conditions were assessed.

"Trying to salvage and reuse some of the materials that were borderline was a good idea," he said. "But once you open things up, you run into unexpected things."

Unexpected costs aside, construction on the project is going well, Bohlman said, adding it is about 50 to 60 percent complete. If construction stays on schedule, the pool is on track to reopen in June.

Cost details

The diving boards were part of a change order to the project that included eight other items—two of which were cost reductions—and totaled nearly $36,000.

Other costs included making additional electrical repairs, replacing 18 staff lockers and pouring additional sections of sidewalks and the pool deck.

About $5,000 in cost reductions included in the change order resulted from a decrease in the amount of new fencing needed and substituting a smaller climbing wall to be installed near the pool.

The cost changes were grouped together in a change order and given preliminary approval at the City Council's Tuesday work session.

The council had little reaction to the newest set of changes, though council member Marc DeMers did say he was surprised at how high the price of the new diving boards was.

"I guess I'm shocked that two diving boards cost as much as a car," he said.

That nine-item change order is the second to come forward since construction on the pool began this summer.

A previous change order to the tune of about $30,000 was approved by the council earlier this summer.

"The majority of it was for the wading pool walls, which were found to be soft and deteriorated—unusable," Bohlman said of the first change order. "So we removed them and repoured them."

The second change order will need final approval from the council at its Tuesday meeting before the changes can be made.

Unexpected costs/reductions since construction started

• Replacement of wading pool walls: $30,092

• Two new diving boards: $25,929

• Electrical repairs: $1,324

• New sloped tops for lockers: $2,649

• New staff lockers: $1,877

• Two fish-shaped spray fountains: $4,300

• Concrete added to pool deck: $1,726

• Removal and replacement of sidewalks near pumphouse: $2,941

• Amount of fence needed decreased: -$3,129

• Switch to smaller climbing wall fixture: -$1,745

By the numbers

• Total project cost: $1.8 million

• Contingency funds: $130,080

• Change order 1: -$30,092

• Change order 2: -$35,873

• Remaining contingency funds: $64,115

Source : http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3863577-unexpected-costs-stacking-east-grand-forks-swimming-pool-renovation

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