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"We're about four weeks behind schedule from where we would like to be," Midwest Construction Consultants Construction Manager John Hansen told the Clay County Board of Supervisors Friday morning. "The contractor asked for an extension, but we are not going to extend the contract at this time. I believe the schedule can be caught up quite rapidly."
Hansen explained the situation.
"The main delay is, when setting up precast panels, you don't want surface-mounted conduits," Hansen said. "You have to identify concentration in the precast panels. That took the contractors some time to get that information back to us. You have one opportunity to get it right. That process put us about two weeks behind."
The first shipment of precast panels arrived on Monday, a second batch will arrive Sept. 4 and the remaining panels are scheduled to arrive on Sept. 17.
"We will have a building standing by Sept. 30," Hansen told the supervisors. "All the steel, joints and decking materials are on site. If the materials are on site, it can go up."
Plumbers and masons are expected on site next week, with electricians to follow once the rock is in place, Hansen said.
Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow is pleased with the guidance from Hansen's group.
"It was a good decision by the board to hire a consultant," Krukow said. "They're reducing costs where they can and making sure it's a quality building when they're done."
Even with the delay, Krukow is optimistic.
"I think they're doing a good job. It's full speed ahead."