when the Kodiak City Council finally awarded the contract to build a new police
station, it also approved a contract with the designer of the building to
oversee the project. The construction contract with Roger Hickel Contracting of
Anchorage was over 15-million dollars, while the construction supervision
contract with U-S-K-H was just over 1-million dollars.
for a separate construction manager on city projects is something Councilman
Tom Walters has long railed against, and he did again with the jail contract:
-- (Project 1 23 sec "We're
paying $1.1 million ... it's done properly.")
said that since professionals are involved, it makes him question the practice:
-- (Project 2 42 sec "I
guess what I have ... how to fly the helicopter.")
Jack Maker said he saw Walters' point of view, but because of the size and
scope of the project, he thought a project manager was needed:
-- (Project 3 41 sec "As
it states in the ... that they're in right now.")
management contract ultimately passed on a 6-to-nothing vote.
went through numerous design exercises and revisions on the project over the
past several years. They were forced to start and stop several times as the
site of the project moved from downtown to Near Island to Mill Bay Road, and
the scope went from the so-called "Taj Mahal," with a fire station and city
offices at over 30-million-dollars, to now, just a police station with room
available to install a jail at a later date.