The Ardmore Development Authority approved a change order for the Ardmore Industrial Airpark Warehouse building project Monday during their regularly scheduled meeting. 

While the change order was originally estimated to be around $125,000 it actually came in at $67,387. City Engineer Thomas Mansur said they found some changes that would save some money, resulting in the lower than expected change order.

Most of the money from the change order will go toward paying for perimeter foundation modifications for the building. Monsure estimated the cost to be around $125,000 but after discussing the details with the contractor the final figure agreed upon was $122,910. 

Finding ways to save money, such as modifying the gauge of the roof and wall, as well as reducing the number of doors while still complying with code requirements, helped knock down the expected change order total. Total deductions amounted to $69,201. 

Now that the change order has been approved, the revised total contract price for the warehouse building project has increased to about $1.7 million. The original contract price was about $1.66 million. 

While the price increase wasn’t as much as the ADA expected, they will soon face additional costs for a fire system. What was originally estimated will not meet the codes. 

Monsur said he thought they could use a water service connection from an existing water main, but there’s not enough water pressure in order for the building to be up to code. 

To remedy the problem, they will have to install a fire pump system dedicated to the building, which is expected to cost between $100-150,000. A second option would be a booster system, which would be over $150,000, but would be something to consider for a long-term solution, he said. 

With a change order already approved at around $67,000, the $150,000 would push them over their change order cap and require the ADA to revise their contract. City Attorney Jen O’Steen said it would make more sense to bid the fire system separately rather than revise the contract. 

The board approved putting a separate bid out for the fire system. 

An executive session was also held at the Monday meeting. The agenda shows the session was for “confidential communications between a public body and its attorney concerning a pending investigation, claim, or action, upon the advice of counsel, to discuss ATP Development, LLC and the Colvert Technology Park because disclosure will ‘seriously impair the ability of the public body to process the claim or conduct a pending investigation, litigation, or proceeding, in the public interest.’”

According to a letter addressed to ADA trustees in the meeting packet, they met in executive session because there was an update from legal counsel on the status of negotiations with ATP. 

“We received correspondence this week that requires that we determine the next steps the ADA will need to take,” the letter says. 

After returning to regular session, the board approved an item authorizing the initiation of litigation and/or entering into negotiations, the designation of the Chariman and/or legal counsel for the Ardmore Development Authority to participate in any mediation session or settlement negotiations to represent the interests of the Ardmore Development Authority. 

Chris Bryant, airpark manager, also updated the board on the Ardmore Industrial Airpark regarding the control tower project and runway resurfacing project. 

Braynt said the beams are in place and they’re getting ready to start on an 8-inch cement roof cap. Once the roof cap is in place and it cures, the building should start moving along quickly, he said. 

“They’ve had some weather delays before this weekend and it kind of slowed down some masonry work so hopefully after this gets done and we get past this week, everything will start picking up rather quickly,” Bryant said. 

The project is expected to be done by December. 

The runway resurfacing project is a crack/seal project that was started last week on one of the runways. The rain delayed that project, as well, but it is projected to be done within 90 days, Bryant said. 

One runway is remaining open so they can still maintain traffic in and out of the airport, he said.