Won't change use of building, just the looks
AURELIA - The building committee for the proposed new Aurelia Community Center met Wednesday morning with representatives from H and H Construction and Cannon, Moss, and Brygger and Associates to discuss ways of trimming the cost of the building. Mayor Jeff Bowen, Roger Redig, Dee Keith, Dar Evans, and Bill Smith were the other persons present at the meeting.
All of the general contracting bids were much higher than the figure the City Council had set for the budget for the project, apparently due to some misinformation they were given concerning the costs of materials.
H & H Construction, from Kingsley, was awarded the General Contracting contract, because they were the lowest bidder. At the Wednesday meeting, H & H assured the committee members and architect that they will provide services at whatever the amount of the revised costs turns out to be.
The changes recommended involve "taking out things that are not going to change the use of the building, just change the looks a little bit," said Rick Dean of Cannon, Moss and Brygger.
Recommended changes include issues with restroom features; changing the front entrance glass to a straight, rather than an arched appearance; changing some decorative lighting to a less expensive standard lighting; making some changes to some exterior windows, including using painted aluminum rather than wood, using oak rather than maple on interior doors, removing the acoustical tile ceilings from three of the storage rooms, and making floors cement with a good sealer, rather than the polished concrete called for in the original plan.
The members of the group planned to meet as soon as possible with sub-contractors to go over their revised plans, seeking their input or suggestions, and discuss the Council's new expectations.
It appears that making the recommended changes should allow the job to be done for the budgeted figure, which is what was "advertised" to the community prior to the recent fund-raising effort.
This amount is available now for the project, with approximately one-third of the funds coming from the city, one-third from Aurelia Municipal Utilities, and one-third from community donations.
Once the final costs are determined and contracts signed, the project will proceed to the next step - demolition of the 1927 Community Center.