Badenton Beach pier before construction.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH While the city
suffers through another season without its pier, there
was more bad new for the commission regarding the cost
to get the pier renovated.
Commissioners approved six change orders that will add
$183.254 to the $1.805 million project at a work meeting
last week. In addition, Mayor John Chappie has tightened
restrictions on allowing work to begin that has not been
approved by the city commission.
According to the description of the change orders handed
out at the meeting, two of the orders were marked "Approved
during owner (the city) meetings," one was marked
"Permission to proceed while pricing," another
said "Price prior to proceeding" and a fifth
one said, "Proceed with material order while pricing."
Some commissioners had questions regarding the change
orders and Chappie warned that the added expense would
leave the city with a little more than $140,000 in its
line of credit for the project to deal with future cost
Chappie recently replace Commissioner Bill Shearon as
liaison to the project with himself and will attend the
Friday morning meetings between the contractor, the architect
and members of the citys pier team which consists
of city department heads. At the first meeting last Friday,
Chappie added a requirement that the contractor and architect
sign any changes that would add to the projects
expense before the city would approve the added money.
The changes, set forth by contractor Southern Cross Construction,
architect Tom OBrien and consultants Sego and Sego
and Consultech, ranged from changes to accommodate utilities
to enlarging the restaurants floorplan.
The first change order was a mixture of good and bad news.
The good news was that they agreed to use a vinyl sheet
pile retaining wall with a concrete cap instead of a concrete
retaining wall at a savings of $5,325. The bad news was
that they found a concrete slab some and rip rap in the
circle in front of the pier and the retaining wall to
the south of it that had to be removed at a cost of $8,625.
Other items also added to the net cost of $6,772.
The second order was for tilt-down windows in the northern
wall of the restaurant to make them easier to clean and
an aluminum roof instead of a metal one at a cost of $1,655.
The third change was to comply with a Manatee County requirement
for connecting the fire line to the county main. According
to Southern Cross Project Director Tom Edwards, Consultech
specified the tap design and it made it past the county
inspector the first time, but not the second time. The
extra cost is $40,772.
The fourth change was for $33,170 to increase the size
of the restaurant to accommodate the appliances. When
asked why these changes were not foreseen, OBrien
said the bid only asked for a permittable restaurant,
and now that they have measured the size of the appliances,
they found it was too much in too little space.
The fifth change adds $82,534 for plumbing changes that
include double layer pipe for plumbing along the exterior
of the pier, containment cleanouts in different sections
of the pier and a waste system for the kitchen.
The final change was to relocate the grease trap at a
cost of $2,598.
Edwards said it appeared these changes were the most expensive
ones and outlined several changes coming down the pike.
They included changes to the sewer design, relocating
the water meter, upgrading the fire line from PVC to galvanized
steel and mechanical revisions to accommodate the larger