Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Contractor wants, but doesn’t get, more money
Renovation at the King George County Courthouse is finished, but the Richmond builders who did the work weren’t satisfied with the pay.
Brooks & Co. General Contractors sought almost $43,000 more to cover what they deemed necessary changes to the project, said Patrick Henry of Marrs Law Firm in Richmond.
Henry told the King George Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that Brooks had to “assume a lot more cost and labor to complete this project.”
The changes consisted of 21 percent of the cost of the total project, which amounted to $200,000.
Supervisors didn’t agree with the contractor.
After a closed session to discuss the matter, the board denied most of the appeal, saying the contractor was told to use existing materials, not purchase new ones, for hardware that controls access into the courthouse.
County Attorney Eric Gregory prepared a four-page response to the Richmond contractor and read it after the closed session.
He cited the recommendation from Corey Clayborne, project manager with the architectural firm of Wiley/Wilson, also in Richmond.
Clayborne worked closely with the contractor and stressed that existing materials were to be used—as spelled out in the contract. The project manager also said the county shouldn’t pay any additional money to the builder.
The contractor submitted the claim for more funds in July. County Administrator Travis Quesenberry, who’s also an engineer, denied it in September, and the builder appealed the decision to the supervisors this month.
King George officials did agree there was one item on the list that wasn’t included in the original contract—electrical connections to certain door openings.
Quesenberry had approved Brooks’ claim for $2,749 for that item, and supervisors agreed with him.
Henry, the lawyer for the builder, told the supervisors during the public-comment portion of the meeting that the contractor may take the county to court if the matter wasn’t resolved.
He had no comment after the supervisors made their decision.
King George renovated the courthouse after the Sheriff’s Office moved to new headquarters in the Government Complex off State Route 3. One of the main goals of the project was to eliminate the four doors people used to access the building and have one entrance, monitored by security equipment and deputies.