The Floyd County Board of Supervisors has filed a petition against the architectural firm building the new law enforcement center in Charles City for breach of contract and professional negligence.
The supervisors filed the motion against Prochaska and Associates in Floyd County District Court this week in an effort for the county to recoup costs for the project that is already at least $3 million over budget. The petition notes the February 2018 pre-design budget was almost $11 million and a bond referendum of $13.5 million passed in May 2018 was anticipated to cover the final construction costs. However, by May 2019, Prochaska submitted corrected budget worksheets showing a “Grand Total Project Estimate” of almost $13.8 million, which exceeded the bond amount.
The county’s complaint states there have been over 30 change orders during the construction process and the final contract sum to date is just over $16 million. In addition to breach of contract and professional negligence, the petition also seeks, “indemnity from the defendant for costs it incurred and paid to third parties to perform work on the Project, including without limitation, the amount due to Plaintiff for costs exceeding the construction budget figure.”