East entrance

East entrance of the convention center.

Delivery of a metal soffit panels will delay exterior work 30 days at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, the center’s general manager Russ Vandenberg told members of the Seaside City Council Aug. 26.

“This is a zero-sum changeover,” Vandenberg said.

Work on the convention center’s $15 million expansion and renovation project began early last summer.

Vandenberg said he anticipates one additional change order of about $36,000 for a new sidewalk on the east side of the building and bollard lighting fixtures to illuminate the river path. Vandenberg expects a contingency balance of $115,000 at the project’s conclusion.

That does not include an additional art budget of $150,000 that will be used to hire an art curator and artwork, which will happen in about a six-month period after construction is completed.

The schedule delay will not change plans for the open house scheduled Sept. 5.

Mayor Jay Barber and city councilors unanimously approved the change orders.

“There were some doubts on this panel that you can’t hold to that budget — but you did,” Barber said. “That is an amazing accomplishment for you and the construction company, O’Brien, and all the people that worked on this project.”

“We’re on budget, with a little delay of time,” Vandenberg said. “I think we’re moving along very nicely.”

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