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Cost for Capitol Work More Than Expected

Published On: Oct 31 2013 06:18:25 AM AKDT
JUNEAU, Alaska -

State lawmakers have approved about $43,000 in cost overruns for the first phase of work to reinforce and renovate the Alaska Capitol.

Alaska Commercial Contractors Inc. won the contract, which had a budget of $1.7 million.

But architect Wayne Jensen told the Legislative Council Wednesday in Anchorage that built-in contingencies didn't cover all the costs for work needed to complete the phase.

Sen. Dennis Egan of Juneau called the overrun "minuscule." He said crews did a good job, considering they didn't know what they would find when they began.

Rep. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak questioned why lawmakers learned of the overrun once the project was done.

Committee chair Mike Hawker said he was regularly briefed on the project and Wednesday's meeting constituted the request for change order coming before legislators.