Contractors engaged on the nonetheless-unfinished renovation of Anchorage’s Loussac Library say the town owes them an additional $1.6 million for added work and scheduling delays, paperwork present.
Anchorage-based mostly Pinnacle Development filed the declare on Jan. 19. A declare is an intermediate step earlier than a lawsuit.
Deputy Metropolis Lawyer Bob Owens referred to as the declare “vital and really detailed.”
If the town agrees to pay the declare in full, it will quantity to a considerable value overrun for a venture that’s maxed out at $15 million. A relic of the general public facility development growth of the Nineteen Eighties, the Loussac Library had seen little vital work till the beginning of the renovation in 2015. A lot of the cash got here from the state authorities.
Demolishing a a lot-maligned staircase and second-story entrance was probably the most seen a part of the work. The contractors additionally constructed a brand new floor-flooring entrance and plaza, new guide drops and a cloth dealing with system and a number of other new elevators, in addition to new assembly rooms for metropolis executives and elected officers.
[Photos: Loussac Library reopens with a new lobby and a striking sculpture]
Owens stated the town is impressed with the workmanship on the development. However the venture deadline was in April 2017, greater than a yr in the past. Pinnacle Development and the subcontractors on the undertaking could be on the hook for damages if the undertaking is not completed on time.
Based on paperwork submitted to the Anchorage Meeting, Pinnacle Development says the town demanded further work outdoors of what the contract referred to as for.
Inefficient work scheduling led to misplaced productiveness and different delays, the paperwork present.
A consultant of Pinnacle Development declined to remark, citing pending negotiations.
Whereas the library held a grand opening for the brand new entrance months in the past, tile work on the surface of the constructing has but to be accomplished.
The tile was ordered from Italy and processed by means of an organization in New Jersey, stated Alan Czajkowski, the director of the town’s public works division. Delays within the unique schedule of the undertaking prompted Anchorage to be moved to the again of the road, Czajkowski stated.
To assist reply to the declare and determine how a lot is owed, the town plans to rent a Seattle-based mostly declare consulting firm to interview venture employees and designers and look at data. The Meeting was set to vote Tuesday night time on a contract with the corporate, McMillen Jacobs Associates, for as much as…