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Government complex work is back on schedule

Construction is right on schedule for the new multi-million dollar Thomson-McDuffie County Government and Judicial Center being built near the intersection of Railroad and Greenway streets in downtown Thomson.

The project had been behind by three weeks, but because of good weather, crews have made up for the lost time due to bad weather and soils, Project Manager Jud Bryant said.

"The Construction at Risk has recovered approximately three weeks lost to bad weather and bad sub soils," he said.

Mr. Bryant provided members of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners with an update concerning the government and judicial center during a commission meeting held at the county courthouse last Wednesday morning.

At a recent meeting architects, according to Mr. Bryant, submitted the latest application for payment in the amount of $1,305,393.30. It included a sum of $115,530.14 which commissioners earlier had approved in change orders.

He explained that as of last week, $1,176,313.20 had been paid to the Construction at Risk firm, while the board of commissioners had retained $464,034.80 per contract.

A total of 33.4 percent of construction work on the buildings had been completed as of May 28, Mr. Bryant said.

During May, all of the structural steel was delivered and installed to the construction site.

Metal stud framing on exterior walls and roofing work began on the administrative wing, he added.

In addition, curb and gutter work was completed, as was the repaving of Railroad Street.

"While all subgrade and at grade erosion control devices are in place, the retention pond is holding about four inches of water," Mr. Bryant said. "Outfall from the pond is completed per contract documents, but the easterly flow of the existing ditch is restricted resulting in the four-inch backup at the pond."

Another matter on the financial side of things included a change order in the amount of $115,530.14 for the following projects:

Gas Pre-Heat in the amount of $63,859; and

Northeast Parking Lot in the amount of $51,671.

Mr. Bryant pointed out that additional funds will have to be transferred from the CM at Risk Contingency to accommodate certain conditions.

Those transfers will total $829,952.76.

They include:

A kiosk roof enlargement -- $931;

Water cooler electrical circuit - $1,049;

Structural directive - $627;

Time capsule removal -- (-$2,000); and

Sprinkler contractor replacement - $33,367.

Web posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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