State construction officials will
try to recoup $10 million to $15 million in excess
charges they said were run up by contractors building
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The Capital Development Board, which oversees
non-road state construction projects, will negotiate
with the architect, primary contractor and display
designer in an attempt to recover the money.
The amount of the added costs was contained in a
preliminary report given to CDB members this week. A
Chicago law firm prepared the report.
"The board members studied the analyst's report and
advised staff to begin negotiations with the three
parties," Jan Grimes, acting executive director of the
CDB, said Thursday. "We are sorting the added costs to
determine their cause and assign responsibility."
Three firms are involved in the dispute: BRC
Imagination Arts of California, which designed the
museum displays; Hellmuth, Obata (plus) Kassabaum Inc.,
the project architect; and Siciliano Inc. of
Springfield, the general contractor.
Siciliano president Rick Lawrence said his company
"doesn't have a clue about what the issues are."
"We are extremely proud to have been involved in the
library project," Lawrence said. "I'm discouraged that
it has developed into this situation. We will work with
them any way we can to bring it to an amicable
In a written statement, the architect said, "HOK has
been honored to plan an active role in the creation of
this landmark project and we will continue to work
closely with the Capital Development Board to resolve
any outstanding issues."sues."
BRC Imagination Arts did not return a phone call
The excess costs were blamed on alleged design and
construction defects and delivery delays. A major
problem involved the temperature and humidity levels in
the library that houses fragile documents. Some
components of the system were found to be improperly
designed and installed and had to be replaced.
Siciliano previously said some delays were caused by
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that disrupted
shipments of exterior stones.
The $10 million to $15 million in questioned expenses
could increase as officials continue to analyze the
library and museum construction expenses. There is no
timetable for completing the analysis.
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