Safety issues, inconsistencies hike construction fees
August 16, 2013 6:54 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • Modifications from a state fire inspection and other alterations have added another $1 million to the cost of the Adelanto Detention Center Expansion Project, a venture that was already more than $25 million over its original construction budget.

The latest extra construction funds were approved at a recent meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. According to the staff report by county Architecture and Engineering Department Director Carl Alban, about $710,000 of that money will go to Washington-based contractor Lydig Construction for labor and materials to address various fire safety issues arising from a state fire marshal inspection.

Reasons for the additional costs included inconsistent firefighting water supply pressure from the city of Adelanto, improvements to staff and inmate security, and the normal “change order” process on major public works projects.

“There are a number of reasons the cost of the project is increasing,” Alban wrote in an email to the Daily Press. “Clearly some are related to the smoke control systems, but also to issues related to water quality from the new well.”

The construction portion of the project budget was originally set at about $91 million. That figure has ballooned to about $118.3 million — with additional costs on the way.

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