McCOOK, Nebraska -- Reports received last week indicated that contractors who began work on the East Ward Village project had been called off of the job site and were speculating the Senior Housing project had been canceled. The McCook Housing Agency, manager for the senior housing construction project, announced Thursday that they have been working with a new contractor to negotiate a guaranteed maximum price for the project and completion is still anticipated before the end of the year.
If an acceptable price is agreed to with the new contractor, EAD Constructors, construction could start in early May. Hampton Construction was the original contractor for preconstruction services, but an acceptable guaranteed maximum price agreement could not be reached, prompting East Ward Village directors to pursue other avenues to bring the project to within the expected budget, according to the McCook Housing Agency.
"The need to bring in a General Contractor who had experience in the rehabilitation of old buildings was key in selecting a general construction partner for the project. "We have had some challenges in site plans and designs but have worked our way through those temporary setbacks and believe that the project will come in under budget and can still be completed in 2012. We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with EAD as they did a wonderful job on the Keystone building," the housing agency announced in Thursday's release.