Hancock commissioners approve cost increase for county garage project

The price tag for Hancock County’s new engineer garage, 1900 Lima Ave., just got a little higher.

Today, the commissioners approved a $75,740 change order from general contractor Studer-Obringer, of New Washington. It is the final change order on the project, the company has said.

Early last year, Studer-Obringer was awarded a contract of $2.7 million to build the garage, and has submitted a total of $128,257 in change orders.

The recent change order addressed problems with water pressure in the new building. The building failed a flow test conducted about two weeks ago. Weak water pressure must be fixed before building inspectors will allow the county to occupy the building.

Also included in the change order was a request for $19,871 to modify electrical service to the fire pump and the electrical connection to the sprinkler system’s air compressor.

Another $45,325 was needed to pay for the purchase and installation of a natural gas booster pump.

Added gas pressure is needed to service the building’s built-in, backup generator on a 24-hour basis, if necessary. A reliable backup is needed at the garage to ensure road crews can continue to work in the event of a disaster. The garage would also serve as a public shelter.

The change order also includes relocation of air compressor connections, $340; credit allowance for natural gas service bid, $5,000; replacement of bridge crane hoist, $12,254; and additional exterior concrete work, $2,950.

The change orders total about 2 percent of the overall project’s cost.

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