FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Commission members barely winced when they approved a $43,099 change order on Davis County's $22.5 million Memorial Courthouse campus renovation.
After all, the cost increase is relatively small compared to the four other change orders that have been brought before the commission for the renovation -- the largest project in terms of "actual dollars" the county has ever taken on.
The campus renovation, taking place at 28 E. State St. in downtown Farmington, includes the construction of three buildings: a $1.6 million Children's Justice Center, a $4.8 million main branch library, and a $16 million three-story administrative office building.
There have been five change orders on the project, totaling about $800,000 in construction upgrades, including the $43,099 change order approved Feb. 28 by the commission, said county project manager Barry Burton, director of Davis County Planning.
The construction cost increases are being covered by a $1 million contingency that officials built into the project budget in anticipation of construction cost increases because of the scope of the work.
The latest change order is to cover construction upgrades to put the finishing touches on the new CJC. The work covered by the change order ranges from electrical switches to a larger sink for the center, Burton said.
"Those are things we need to take care of," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.
The $800,000 in construction cost increases includes a $285,000 upgrade in the thickness of the steel beams being used to construct the buildings. The commission made the decision to go with thicker steel beams after the Dec. 1, 2011, windstorm destroyed two exterior design mock-ups on the campus that were supported with a thinner grade of steel.
However, because of the scope of the project, officials anticipate more change orders to come.
"It happens. And it's not done happening there," Burton said. "We anticipate there will be changes throughout the construction of the project."
Some of the change orders, excluding the change in the gauge of steel beams being used, are associated with the site conditions surrounding the courthouse, involving both surface and subsurface work and existing utilities, Burton said.
Despite the Feb. 28 change order being a direct result of the construction work that took place on the CJC, Burton said, the "lion's share" of the change orders have been related to the new library and administrative offices building.
Burton said the county at some point may have to revisit what it has budgeted for the campus renovation work. But at this time, he said, the multiphase project is on budget and close to being on schedule.
The new library is scheduled to be completed by September, one month later than was initially projected, Burton said. However, the entire project is expected to meet its October scheduled completion, he said.
The first phase of the project, the new CJC, opened in January.
The bulk of the renovation is being paid for with $19.6 million in recovery zone bonds, made available through the President's federal stimulus package, said Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.