United States : Jail To Cost $10 Million Less Than Anticipated
October 03, 2009
Guilford County commissioners got a surprise Wednesday when they found out the county will likely save nearly $10 million from the estimated cost of the new jail.
Balfour Beatty Construction, the lead contractor, told commissioners Wednesday that the new jail would cost no more than $84.9 million.
The cost was expected to be $94.5 million.
About $23.2 million of the work on the downtown jail will go to local contractors, an effort commissioners applauded.
The commissioners also appreciated hearing that more than 21 percent of the subcontractors are minority or female–owned companies.
The percent of that participation is going to go up, said Jimmy Anderson, Balfour Beatty’s project manager on the jail. As more subcontractors are hired on the project, he said, more of those will be minority–owned.
Local workers can learn about getting a job on the project at a job fair running from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at Hairston Middle School.
Except for some specialty jobs that jail construction needs, most of the project s money will stay nearby.
A majority of it is (subcontractors) in North Carolina, said John Duke, Balfour Beatty’s superintendent for the Guilford County project.
The proposed price the contractor assumes the risk for cost overruns will go to the full Board of Commissioners today for a vote. If approved, construction will begin in early November, Duke said. Guilford County voters approved a $115 million bond referendum for the jail in 2008 to supplement the county’s current, crowded jail.
Complaints of crowding at the jail have been going on for years in Guilford County, and part of the $115 million referendum will go to renovating the existing downtown jail once the new jail is open. That portion will cost about $5 million, said commissioners Chairman Melvin Skip Alston. Ltd.
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