SLO County women’s jail project $3.3 million over budget
August 10, 2016
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.1 million cost overrun on the ongoing expansion of the women’s jail on Tuesday. Builders have also fallen one year behind schedule on the project. [Tribune]
Previously, the supervisors approved cost overruns totaling $2.2 million. Following Tuesday’s budget adjustment, the expansion of the women’s jail is $3.3 million over budget. The project was originally estimated to cost $40.7 million and is now expected to cost $44 million.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the supervisors voted to approve the cost overrun without having any discussion on the matter. No member of the public commented on the item, either.
County officials will allocate $1.1 obtained through savings from previous capital improvement projects in order to cover the latest overrun. State grants have contributed $25.1 million in funding for the project.
The jail expansion consists of a 36,000 square-foot addition to the women’s housing facility. New cells will provide housing for 198 inmates.
Additionally, the project includes a new medical and dental facility, which will serve both male and female inmates, as well as an upgrade to the entire jail’s security electronics.
El Dorado Hills-based contractor Roebbelen Contracting Inc. is tasked with completing the project. Construction began in 2014. Completion is now scheduled for July 2017, but the new jail cells may be ready this September.
Dave Flynn, the county’s deputy director of public works, said Tuesday that recent delays are due to soil conditions and construction changes ordered by the state fire marshal. An unexpected amount of rock and cobble made drilling and building foundation structures more difficult and time-consuming, Flynn said.
The fire marshal ordered builders to change the way they construct hollow metal walls, which are designed to be fire barriers. That change probably caused a delay of several months, Flynn said.