Commissioners hear update on jail construction project

Although cold weather has thrown a few wrinkles into the mix, construction on the new Gillespie County Jail is progressing according to plan, county officials learned Monday.

“The project looks really good,” Gloria Barrera, of Vanir Construction Management, Inc., told commissioners meeting in regular session Monday, Jan. 27.

She said the new jail’s to-date construction could be judged on a three-fold basis, according to cost, schedule and quality.

As far as expense, the jail (which was bond-approved by voters up to a cost of $15 million) is still proceeding within its budget, Barrera said.

So far, the county has paid $1,266,308 to date, although some of the project’s more expensive items will come into play later in the schedule, she said.

As far as change orders, which Commissioner Curtis Cameron has been authorized to approve within a certain amount, the county has spent $36,780, although she said contractor Sedalco has also saved the county money.

“There’s actually been more changes proposed, but they’ve actually come back to us with cost savings,” Barrera said, noting there were $32,000 in cost production item savings brought to the county’s attention.

“There are still some other things they are working on — to continue to all the way through the project — to make sure the cost is as efficient as possible,” she said, adding that any contingency funds not spent will come back to the county.

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