WCCC board approves $800K in change orders
Westmoreland County Community College trustees approved more than $800,000 in change orders on Wednesday for two college building projects.
Trustees ratified the change orders, which had been approved by college officials, without discussion.
The changes, totaling $800,897, account for unforeseen costs that arose during the renovation of the Advanced Technology Center in East Huntingdon and the new Latrobe Education Center, said President Tuesday Stanley.
Stanley did not know the breakdown of how much was spent at each site, but said the majority went to issues at the Advanced Technology Center, located in 73,500 square feet the college was renovating in the former Sony plant.
“When you go into an existing structure like the Sony plant, there (are) usually more change orders associated than when you’re building something from scratch like Latrobe,” Stanley said.
Two projects accounted for the bulk of the change orders — replacing the fire sprinkler system and removing chemicals from flooring at the Advanced Technology Center — but Stanley did not provide exact figures.
She said the sprinkler system was old and, when portions got knocked during construction, the college couldn’t go out and buy replacements because the equipment is no longer on the market. That led to replacing the entire system.
“The architectural firm doesn’t have that in the initial drawing,” Stanley said. “Once you change it, it has to meet (building) code, so you have to get the design elements and have to go purchase the fire sprinkler system, get it installed and that sort of thing, so it becomes a significant project at that point.”
Trustees also approved a $13,400 contract with Parkview Interiors to design and develop a furniture package for the Latrobe Center.
Stanley said the Latrobe Center is coming in under budget and is slated to open in January for the spring 2015 semester.
In other business, trustees hired John E. Fibbi of Monongahela for the position of director of the Western Hub ShaleNET US grant at a salary of $63,000. Fibbi, who most recently worked as a testing and training specialist with GenOn Energy Inc., replaces Byron Kohut, who took another position within the college.
Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or [email protected].