Bergholm acknowledged that the Bresnahan construction was impacting surrounding neighbors (the committee raised the issue of groundwater complaints from area residents) but that “we’re working with those people to troubleshoot and get these things worked out.”
According to Prunier, the construction’s total cost has been reduced from its original sum of $38.8 million to a current figure of $35.6 million. A $555,000 portion of the subsequent $3 million savings will be used for change-order flooring and tile work.
“We’re about four or five months into both projects,” said Prunier, when asked about staying on schedule. “So far, we haven’t run into any unanticipated obstacles. We still have a year to go to completion (of the Bresnahan construction), but right now we’re basically on budget and on schedule.”
The overall cost of Nock-Molin project includes a 54 percent state reimbursement from the Massachusetts State Building Authority. Likewise, the total price of the Bresnahan construction brings with it a 53 percent reimbursement from the state.