Cost overruns trim plans for Fairbanks vocational school

Posted: Friday, June 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks vocational school expansion project will be smaller than planned.

The Tanana Valley Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has canceled a plan to add an eight-bay auto shop to the Hutchison Career Center after preliminary project estimates for the UA portion of the renovation came in at $1.6 million over the $8 million budgeted.

''About $900,000 of that was due to over three years of inflation,'' said Jake Poole, director of the Tanana Valley Campus.

He also cited code issues for the shortfall.

The only place to cut $1.6 million out of an $8 million budget was new construction, Poole said.

The total budget for the renovation is $19.6 million. The Fairbanks school district and the university are working together on the renovation.

A year ago, the Fairbanks school board voted to cut about 3,500 square feet from the building to make up a shortfall of $2.3 million.

When complete, Hutchison will be a standalone vocational and technical high school that will house several UA programs.



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