At issue is
Plans show artfully stacked roofs sweeping out to shade sheets of plate-glass windows and a wraparound balcony off a large staff area featuring 26-foot ceilings.
At first glance the artifice seems a bit much for a taxpayer-funded building designed by a county architect to house banks of computer servers and the workstations of the tech wizards who manage them.
But county property management officials say the design is functional, with design elements aimed at cutting the power costs for air conditioning and lighting.
The problem, they say, is that the county gambled that construction bids would come in low. They didn't
PROJECT SENT BACK
The IT Services division is currently housed in the basement of a building on
Moving the building to
County General Services officials knew the cost could be more like
"The hope was it was going to come in at the lower end of the range," said Assistant County Administrative Officer for General Services Jeff Frapwell.
The lowest bid, from
But it wasn't low enough.
"They pulled the triggers and put it out to bid without telling us," Supervisor
The board approves all projects before they go out to bid, Frapwell said, and this was no different.
But General Services didn't alert the board that there was a wide range of bid estimates and that the high end of that range was sharply higher than budget.
Frapwell now says that should have happened.
With contingency reserves and other ancillary costs added in, the project was actually
Frapwell said that, despite the fact that the county had already invested
Supervisors didn't go for that.
They told him just to strip the project down and bring them something they could approve.
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