Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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August 21, 2007

Jail addition costs will be higher than anticipated

County commissioners learned Monday the value of a dollar isn't going as far these days — especially when it comes to expanding the Cumberland County Justice Center.

The Cumberland County Commission received an update from Steve Hewlett of Hewlett-Spencer and architect Kim Chamberlin of Upland Design regarding the upcoming Justice Center expansion project.

After totaling the bids on the project, Hewlett told commissioners all bids were opened and that there were significant increases over his earlier estimates.

Hewlett revealed new pricing options of building just the housing pod portion of the expansion at a cost no greater than $9,094,629.

Building the Justice Center expansion and incorporating the old high school would come at a cost no greater than $13,656,126.

Building the housing pod, Justice Center expansion and incorporating the old high school would come a cost no greater than $20,314,832.

Hewlett originally estimated the cost of incorporating the old Cumberland High School into the plans of expanding the Justice Center around $16 million. Building the jail house pod alone was originally estimated at around $6 million.

Hewlett explained the current new figures to commissioners.

"Now these prices are not the guaranteed maximum price. I'm hoping the guaranteed maximum will be lower than these. The guaranteed maximum won't exceed these figures, though," said Steve Hewlett of Hewlett Spencer, LLC.

Building the housing pod, Justice Center expansion and incorporating the old high school would with valued engineering would come at a cost no greater than $19,576514.

"The (original) estimated prices were given to you in November and December and those figures were based on market prices at that time. There have been increases since then, but they're not as high as they could have been," Hewlett said.

These figures do not include repair work on the outside gate near the parking area at the rear of the Justice Center or the parking area in the compound area.

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