Authority rescinds agreement with contractor for hospital site prep
by David Atchison
Mar 24, 2011 | 1678 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Work continues at the construction site of the new St. Clair County hospital. On Tuesday, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority rescinded a construction agreement with Goodgame Company.
Work continues at the construction site of the new St. Clair County hospital. On Tuesday, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority rescinded a construction agreement with Goodgame Company.
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PELL CITY — Only two weeks after it hired a local contractor to do site work at the new hospital, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority rescinded its construction agreement.

After meeting behind closed doors Tuesday night for more than 20 minutes, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority re-opened its meeting to the public and passed a resolution rescinding its contract with Goodgame Company, Inc.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the St. Clair County Health Care Authority as follows,” the resolution passed by the St. Clair County Health Care Authority states. “That the Construction Agreement previously authorized and heretofore entered into on March 9, 2011, by and between the Authority and Goodgame Company, Inc…is hereby rescinded.”

Authority member Lance Bell was the lone board member to vote against the resolution, saying he did not have adequate time to review the new Construction Management Agreement resolution.

In accordance with the original hospital agreement between the Health Care Authority, the St. Clair County Commission, Pell City, St. Vincent’s Health System and St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, Pell City and the St. Clair County Commission were initially responsible for the hospital site work. Two weeks ago, the Health Care Authority passed a resolution to hire Goodgame Company to perform site work.

“Whereas, County and City have determined that neither entity can adequately perform certain items of site preparation and site improvements necessary for the development of the new hospital facility and the medical office building through in-kind services, equipment or labor, and have requested that the St. Clair County Health Care Authority perform those items in accordance with the terms of the Development Agreement, as amended…” the March 9, 2011, resolution states. “Whereas, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority desires to contract with Goodgame Company, Inc., to perform those items of site preparation and site improvement as requested by County and City.”

In accordance with the agreement, Goodgame Company was to complete certain hospital site work at a cost of $706,130. Now, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority is considering hiring Hoar Construction to complete all the hospital site work at a cost of $2.3 million.

Authority member Terry Capps said the cost increase was because Goodgame’s contract only had 10 work items. Hoar Construction’s scope of work consists of 19 work items.

“The Authority has determined that it would be in the Authority’s best interest to enter into a Construction Management Agreement with Hoar or such other duly qualified company as the Construction Committee may determine is necessary to coordinate the timely completion of the site preparation items and site improvement items assigned to the Authority so as to avoid any potential claims for additional project costs for delays in the completion of such site work…” the resolution the Authority passed Tuesday states.

Authority attorney John Rea told Authority members that a letter from Hoar Construction poses possible “serious legal claims.”

The Authority meeting was temporarily closed to the public because of discussion of possible litigation. The St. Clair County Health Care Authority is not subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act.

Authority member Alan Furr made a motion to have a private session because of possible litigation, and Terry Capps seconded the motion.

Hoar Construction’s March 10, 201, letter signed by Joey Gechijian, the senior project manager, said the deadline for providing water and sewer to the site was Feb. 10, while the deadline for providing electrical service and natural gas is less than two weeks away, April 4.

“The anticipated completion date for the electrical service has now been postponed until April 21, 2011, and the water service is undetermined,” the letter states. “Assuming the water and sewer work will be released no later than March 14, 2011, the anticipated completion date for the domestic water tap has now moved to March 18, 2011.

“Once this work is completed, we will evaluate the project schedule and advise the team of any schedule impacts,” the March 10 letter states. “It is important that this work be completed so that construction activities that require both conditioned air and electrical service will proceed on schedule and major project delays and additional project costs can be avoided.”

Goodgame has partnered with Hoar in building the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, but Jason Goodgame with Goodgame Company, said Wednesday that his company would not participate in the hospital site work.

He said someone needs to have single control of the site work project, and Hoar Construction already has the staff there to move the site work forward quickly.

Goodgame said his company was asked to step away from the site work project and has agreed to do so.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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