Contractors help save money on stadium project

Ronna LawlessStaff Writer

“Change order” can be two of the most dreaded words for anyone footing the bill for a construction project. But three change orders approved by the school board April 25 had a net result of more than $40,000 in savings.

The district received a $20,000 credit from Con-Struct for having district staff move the visitors’ bleachers to the Gates Hall practice field. Dave Kroese, Nevada’s director of buildings and grounds, was in charge of that project.

An additional credit of nearly $29,000 from Jensen Builders came from a slight change in the cut of wood on cedar soffit of the canopy for the concession stand.

Clint Jensen of Story Construction, the construction manager on the project, explained there had been an error in the specifications at the time of the bid. The change order calls for the project to use the same species of wood in a readily available size.

“Because of a good relationship with the contractors, we got very fair numbers back from them,” Jensen said.

The savings were offset slightly by a $7,500 change order to delete existing water service to the water main on the south side of the street.

The preliminary plan was to “not over-excavate under the buildings as a potential savings.” Jensen said that work was not as significant as originally thought. “So that should be a potential savings,” he said. “We’re working with Con-Struct on that.”

The intent is for the precast concrete to be delivered the first of June. “We’ll start going vertical the first of June,” he said.