Fair Board of Directors meets to approve changes to Expo upgrade project


The Kansas State Fair Board on Thursday approved the additional spending of $ 60,000 and more for repairs to the exhibit center, a more than 5% increase in the cost of the project.

The board met in a special session via Zoom to approve change orders, which exceeded a cap of $ 30,000 that it agreed in November to authorize without requiring further approval.

Project contractor, Burwell Construction LLC of Goddard, submitted an estimate of $ 13,437 to spray two inches of new closed-cell foam insulation that will go under the pre-fabricated wall panels that are being replaced on the east and west sides of the building. .

The company also proposed an additional amount of $ 47,264 to consolidate and repair the base of certain exterior steel columns not included in the initial offer.

This work will include the replacement of steel base plates and nut and anchor bolts and the replacement of rusted ground rail as required, as per the estimate provided to the Board of Directors.

Burwell won the contract in July for $ 1,186,801.

The work includes sanding and repainting the large cattle showcase the building’s two-story tall steel support columns and roof beams with an epoxy-based paint.

The contractor will also remove and replace the metal roofing and insulation as well as all the prefabricated vertical wall panels of the building. Additions to the base package included further improvements to lighting and heating.

However, the original price left only $ 13,000 for bond financing contingencies, so officials will dip into the fair’s Capital Improvement Fund reserve fund. Fair director Bryan Schulz said there was nearly $ 745,000 in that fund, of which, according to fair staff, only $ 100,000 is set aside to seal the concrete in the stands.

Fair officials previously said about $ 500,000 in additional work still needs to be done in the aging arena, including replacing overhead doors, upgrading toilets, replacing rusty arena fences and the addition of new filling dirt.

“We got an email” from the contractor on Thursday, Schulz said, “as soon as they got the approval they have a welder ready to start shoring up the columns to meet the schedule. They still plan to do this. complete in March They hope to be completed by January to mid-February.

The board was also told that its January 10 meeting in Topeka has been moved to 6 p.m., so members don’t have to stay longer than one night. The next day, they’ll hand out rosette ribbons to lawmakers in the area and then attend a meeting of the State Fair Foundation.

Tim Hermann, center, director of the Kansas State Fair's physical plant, points to a spot where the railing of the Expo I building at the fairgrounds rusts as members of the board of directors of the state fair visited buildings in need of work in early May.

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