Monday, March 30, 2015
Electrical contractor hits Joplin R-8 with $7 million dollar bill for work on JHS
With the $7 million, the total that Superintendent C. J. Huff's decision to accelerate construction over the spring and summer months of 2014 to get JHS open by the beginning of the school year now tops $10 million, without guarantee there are no more bills to come.
The bill, dated March 18, and addressed to Huff, Archie Smith of Universal Construction Company, the project manager, and architect Chad Greer of Corner, Greer and Associates, puts the blame for the extra costs squarely on the acceleration of the project.
In the bill, the P1 Group asks for $7,078,464, including $2,379,986 for "acceleration inefficiencies," $1,439,215 for "overtime inefficiencies," and $711,952 for "added supervision,"
The extra supervision was required when Universal, at Huff's request, gave the go-ahead to push the project to try to meet Huff's self-imposed deadline of having the school ready by opening day. P1 was forced to increase its staffing from 30 to 100, according to the bill.
"P1 was forced to work additional man hours due to the accelerated, disrupted, bi-furcated, out-of-sequence and delayed work method experienced throughout the project.
"In addition, P1 was not able to achieve its planned rate of efficiency due, in part, to the fact that when the work was accelerated and P1 was required to staff the project with up to 100 men working 8,200 man hours per week rather than the planned average crew size consisting of 30 men working 1,200 man hours per week and with a projected maximum crew size of 42 men working 1,680 man hours, the quality of the laborers diminished."
Interestingly enough, P1 notes in the letter accompanying its bill that it was not the low bidder for the project.
The $7 million is not covered by any of the $74 million in loans the district has taken since last August.
The documentation was included in a lawsuit filed by the school district today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The school district claims it does not owe P1 anything because "despite demand, P1 Group has failed to remedy its defective work and says that all of the costs claimed by P1 "were not included into an approved change order."
The two-count action claims breach of contract and asks for a declaratory judgment..
The district has hired the high-powered Polsinelli Law Firm of Kansas City to handle the lawsuit and is asking for a jury trial.