Costs skyrocket for city’s new public safety building

The new public safety building in Quincy will cost $23 million more than expected due to what officials described as “hyper-escalating” material and labor costs.

If the city council approves the extra money, the total cost of the project would be $143 million, officials said. A council vote is scheduled for Nov. 21.

The board first addressed the cost overrun at its Oct. 17 meeting and referred the matter to its finance committee. The council had approved the four-story, 118,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Southern Artery and Broad Street to be built in 2021.

The building will house the police station, fire department administrative offices, a firearms training range and a 911 dispatch center.

Site work has begun, but the project cannot move forward until additional money is approved, officials said.

Steve Chrusciel of Chrusciel Group – part of the team working on the project – blamed the cost spiral on everything from labor shortages to pandemic-induced supply chain issues and general inflation and the war in Ukraine.

“These things all came together like a perfect storm [like] six hurricanes meeting at once,” Chrusciel told the council.

Some advisers objected to getting the information when it was too late to do anything about it.

“It’s very frustrating,” Councilor Anne Mahoney said. She asked why Mayor Thomas P. Koch didn’t use a portion of the city’s $46 million in COVID relief from the federal government to offset expenses.

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