Chevy Centre's cost will be known soon

A city board will consider a major cost reduction today to the center.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The final change orders from contractors at the Chevrolet Centre will be considered in two weeks by the city's board of control.
After the March 16 board of control meeting, the city will finally know the center's final cost, said Carmen S. Conglose Jr., deputy director of the city's public works department.
The city-owned center opened in late October and is projected to cost between $44.8 million and $45 million. But because of change orders to the project, an exact figure isn't yet known.
At today's meeting, the board of control was to approve change orders that reduce the center's construction cost by $71,730.
Ups and downs
Although there are 19 change orders from four contractors that add $159,848, there is one change order that cuts $231,578 from the project's cost.
MS Consultants, the Youngstown firm serving as the city's architect on the center project, made modifications to the facility's seating design that reduces that cost by $231,578. The change order reduces the contract the city has with Irwin Telescopic Seating Co. of Altamont, Ill., to $682,990.
"It is among the largest change order reductions for the center," Conglose said.
The board has approved more than $1 million in cost increases to the center since late September.
The most expensive change orders in front of the board today come from Sidley Precast Group, a Youngstown company that supplied and installed precast concrete. The company is seeking two change orders totaling $98,637.
If the change orders are approved, Sidley's bill would jump to $1,338,265. The company's original bid for the work was $1.15 million.
Other increases
The other change order increases are:
$22,033 from Youngstown Tile & amp; Terrazzo Co., a Canfield company that installed the center's flooring. The company's original bid of $176,742 was below the $180,000 engineer's estimate. But with these and other change orders, the city is paying $198,775 to the company for the work.
$20,536 from Cleveland Architectural Hardware, a Cleveland company installing doors, frames and hardware. The increase brings the company's cost for work at the center to $142,305. The company's original cost proposal wasn't available late Wednesday.
$18,642 from VEC Systems, a Liberty company that installed the center's roof. With the change orders, VEC is receiving $698,174 from the city. The company's original bid was $893,723. The project engineer's estimate for this work was $1.4 million.
Mayor's office
Also, the board of control was expected to hire Ronald Faniro, a Youngstown architect, to develop design plans for the office of Mayor Jay Williams at a price not to exceed $11,000. Williams is a board of control member.
"We want to take the decor of the mayor's office out of the 1960s and bring it into an operation state," Conglose said.
The mayor's office hasn't been updated in almost 40 years, and needs improvements to its layout as well as its heating, air conditioning, and electric systems, Conglose said.
"The office uses electric baseboard heating, which obviously is very costly to operate," he said. "Also, the mayor has a power stick with about 13 plugs in it."
Faniro's design work would take up to 60 days to complete. The board would then hire a company to actually redesign the mayor's office, Conglose said.

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