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Berkeley Co. senior center under budget

August 21, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After many changes during construction, Berkeley Senior Services is in the unusual position of being under budget on the $1.1 million senior center expansion and renovation project, Executive Director Eileen Dooley said Thursday.

Dooley went before the Berkeley County Commission to help explain more change order requests on the project, which the commission helped fund by requesting grant money and pitching in $40,000 from its coffers, she said.

Because each change in plans has to go before the commission, it may seem like more than normal, but it's been about average for such a project, Dooley said.

Overall, the change orders have resulted in savings, thanks to the help of local companies working on the project to keep costs down, she said.

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It's going to allow things previously put on hold to be added back into the project, Dooley said.

Savings from change orders, unused allowances in the project contract and new funding sources have amounted to $64,123 that can be used for those items, said Charles Friedinger, chairman of the Berkeley Senior Services board.

The top priority is putting ceramic tile instead of carpet in the entranceway and gallery, which will cost $13,500, Friedinger told the commissioners.

Next on the list are a new telephone system, a security system and a custom-built reception desk, he said.

Commissioners, shocked by a bid of $7,500 for the wooden, "L"-shaped desk, asked Dooley to get several more bids before the next commission meeting.

The project - which entails building an L-shaped addition around the current senior center on High Street - will nearly double the size of the senior center and allow it to offer a greater variety of programs, Dooley said.

The center is expected to be completed by December, she said.

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