Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Recently, the health department official in western Kansas inspected my hospital in Wheatlands and cited them for noncompliance on a few things. The design team (us and the engineers) put together an extensive and coherent rebuttal to the health code inspector's comments, and then he sent us a a rebuttal to our rebuttal, which basically said "you're gonna change these items and you're gonna like it, punks." Hence, they're having to move some medical gas lines and install some extra exhaust ductwork and fans and additional concrete walkways that we all agree are unnecessary but must be done. The design team drew up some drawings and narratives to show the contractor and their subcontractors to price and use for the required changes.
Howie got back the pricing for the changes, and they. were. ridiculous. They were way high, even for having to go out into the middle of western Kansas to do the work (we call that extra markup on construction costs "the Wheatlands Factor"). Howie called the project manager at the construction company (the ones who originally built Wheatlands) and asked him to explain WTF was going on. The PM just got the calculations from his subcontractors and emailed them to Howie, and Howie was still confused, incredulous, and annoyed. I heard him on the phone with the PM, and I could actually hear Howie giving this guy hell, which is unusual.
"Why are these prices so high?" I heard him ask. "I cannot defend these prices to the CEO of Wheatlands. This is not teamwork. Have you really looked at your subs' pricing? $6,200 for "finishes"? All they're doing is moving a med gas panel. That's about four square feet of drywall. How does four square feet of drywall and paint equal $6,200? You have GOT to be KIDDING me."
Howie then called our consultants (the ones who did the drawings for pricing and also worked on Wheatlands originally) and asked them for names of some subcontractors that might want some work. We got pricing from a medical gas sub in eastern Colorado who was willing to do the project for a third of what the first sub quoted, and the second sub's quote included independent third-party certification. Hm. Sounds like someone actually wants a job.
Posted by Mile High Pixie at 7:31 PM