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Council to vote on $27M extension for WTP 4 consultant
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 by Austin Monitor
The Austin City Council this week will vote on an amendment to the contract with the firm handling the design of Water Treatment Plant 4. The $27 million addition for Carollo Engineers is going to the Council without a recommendation from the Water and Wastewater Commission, which reviewed the proposal last week but split over whether to endorse it.
“Carollo has been on this project a long time…they’ve already made a lot of money on this project,” said
However, city staffers said that changing consulting firms in the middle of the project would be inefficient. Such measures had been tried in the past, said
The current contract with Carollo dates back to 2002, and the company has worked with the city on the design for the new treatment plant and on the search for an alternate site after the Council rejected the land purchased for the project by the Austin Water Utility in the 1980’s. “We put a lot of design into the Bull Creek site, and when the community and the Council directed us to abandon Bull Creek, we lost that,” said
Of the previous $14.4 million appropriation for Carollo, staffers said about $8 million related to work specifically on the Bull Creek site, while about $6 million was for work that could potentially be used at the new site. The contract amendment on this Thursday’s agenda is for approximately $25 million for the final design phase, bidding assistance services, and some construction services at the new site. The item also includes another $1.9 million in contingency allowances.
The total cost for engineering services, while large, was not out of line with the utility’s expectations, according to
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