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Change orders boost cost of Marquette Park project

Updated: December 19, 2012 12:06PM



GARY — Gary-based Gariup Construction was the big winner in Wednesday’s change-order derby for the $28 million Marquette Park Lakefront East at the Board of Public Works and Safety, tacking another $140,000 onto its contract.

Another long-established Gary company, Powers and Sons, came in a close second, with change orders totaling $77,389.

The board also deeded a handful of properties to a local church and approved using federal money to hire five code enforcement officers with salaries of $28,500 each.

The Marquette Park project, a complex project made of several phases and multiple bid packages, has been the subject of frequent change orders, some of them crediting money back to the project and most adding to their costs.

For example, Mechanical Concepts on Wednesday credited $10,000 for two parts of the project, bringing its contracted amounts for two different portions of work down from $35,450 to $30,450, respectively, but the company also upped its costs.

It charged an additional $2,148 for new floor registers and thermostats for the Marquette Park Pavilion, its second approved change order, boosting its contract from $939,000 to $1,306,222.

Rieth-Riley Construction, a frequent winner of bids on Gary projects, returned $25,000 in a credit that lowered its contracted amount for work down in the park from $461,375 to $436,375.

Gariup and Powers and Sons were different stories, however.

Gariup’s additional work on the Aquatorium’s flooring, doors and fire system modifications cost the project an extra $39,930 on top of the original contracted amount of $650,000. Gariup also charged an additional $99,776 for tree removal and water proofing work, bumping that contract up from $2,447,000 to $2,927,919.

The Powers and Sons increase came from charging the project $5,065 for “pavilion accessories” like buying and installing a mailbox ($315), a George Kovacs floor lamp ($1,623) and a $500 wall mirror. The change order — for a contract that started at less than $2.4 million and is now up to $2.6 million — also included $19,394 for miscellaneous items, $16,937 for plaster patching inside the pavilion and more than $12,200 for “premium portion of work associated with working 10-hour days,” according to paperwork.

In other business, the board approved the sale of several parcels of land to Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1920 Broadway. In a bidding process, the church paid $112.50 for 1941 Broadway, $450 for 1961 Broadway through 1965 Broadway, $400 for 1909 Washington St. and $400 for 1917 Washington St.

Church officials could not be reached for comment on their plans for the property Wednesday, but an Internet search turned up a not-for-profit, faith-based social service agency, Metropolitan Oasis Community Development Corp., with a different address, that is linked to the church.

Finally, the board approved the five code enforcement officers under the Community Development department. All of them will be paid with federal Housing and Urban Development funds.



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