For everyone following the heavy rail debacle, here’s a project management term you’re hearing way too often: “change order.” When you hear “change order” think “more money.”
One of the latest change orders is Kiewit construction company’s request for an additional $15.9 million, as reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/148148805.html
Kiewit won a $195 million contract to build a maintenance and storage facility where train cars would be serviced and stored. But because the price of steel and other materials has risen – and the project is about two years behind schedule due to the city’s unrealistic construction timetable – Kiewet wants more taxpayer money.
Compared to the railway’s $5.3 billion overall price tag, $15.9 million might not sound like a lot. But it is a lot.
How many police officers could the city hire for $15.9 million? How many firefighters? And how much taxpayer money will the city squander before the rail project is finally stopped?