The final payment has been approved for the oft-delayed expansion at Dibrell School, minus $12,000 in penalties.
By unanimous vote, the Warren County Board of Education has voted to pay the remainder of the $50,000 owed to Midstate Construction for its contracting work on the major addition.
“This will be minus $12,000 in liquidated damages,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox of fines owed for failure to meet certain time requirements in the project.
The final payment comes as Midstate finishes lawn work outside the school which it must contractually complete even after its final check is issued by the school system.
The entire project, which added 16 new classroom along with a new gym, cafeteria and library to the existing K-8 school, cost around $6.3 million. However, construction was fraught with delays, many caused by inclement weather.
According to the contract, the school was able to deduct the $12,000 from its final payment because of delays, which took construction past the promised completion date. The school system had hoped for completion by the opening of the 2011-12 school year, but substantial completion did not occur until near Christmas break 2011. Work continued on campus this school year.
Among issues even after the completion of the main part of the school was a subcontractor’s work with the school’s freezer. This issue prompted the school system to direct its legal department to call the company every day until it was fixed, something Cox said has finally happened.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Cox said of the repair of the new freezer system, noting the vendor, Thermo Cool, did the replacement at no extra cost to the school even though it was not at fault for the subcontractor’s improper installation.