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School Superintendent Doesn’t Place Blame On Architect For Differences In School Costs

November 5th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Although largely through the process known as “value engineering” the Allegany County Board of Education has managed to reduce the estimated cost of the new Allegany High School to the $53 million dollar range. In spite of those efforts, the project is still about four million above identified available funding- and still a whopping ten million higher than the estimate that was presented to the board last spring by Scott Eschbach, lead architect for the project from Grimm and Parker Architects of Calverton.  When bid came in for the project in early September, they were some twenty million above the architect’s projection. School Superintendent David Cox says he doesn’t place blame on the architect for the vast differences between the estimate and the bids. Cox notes that school construction costs have risen dramatically in the past year and projects statewide have been coming in significantly over budget…

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