Post exchange construction loses 40 days to winter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:07 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:53 AM
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The $22 million expansion of Fort Gordon’s Post Exchange lost nearly 40 construction days this winter, but the project’s manager said Wednesday the new facility should be ready well ahead of significant job growth expected on post.

A artist rendering showing the expanded Post Exchange.   SPECIAL
A artist rendering showing the expanded Post Exchange.

Though Post Exchange expansion was announced nearly three months before the Army decided to relocate its Cyber Command to Fort Gordon, local military leaders characterize the two projects as “blessings” that overlap nicely.

The Post Exchange is expected to nearly double in size from 98,000 to 177,000 square feet by September 2015, while the fort will grow by 4,000 jobs and 5,620 families over the next five years with the consolidation of the Army Cyber Command, creation of a new Cyber Center of Excellence and growth of cyber mission units.

“Its perfect timing,” said Stefan Marks, general manager of the Fort Gordon Post Exchange.

The only thing not perfect were harsh winter conditions, including an ice storm for the ages.

Carothers Construction, the Mississippi-based contractor hired in September to renovate the nearly 20-year-old Post Exchange, lost at least 38 construction days between December and February, 21 more than its contract allowed, said project manager Jay Dinielli.

“We are a little behind schedule, but we are picking up speed by making the job site available seven days a week to the 70 workers we have spread between nine subcontractors on the project,” Dinielli said. “My door is always open.”

On Wednesday, Dinielli had 20 pieces of earth-moving equipment and mechanical lifts working on Phase 1 of the project, which consists of $15 million in new construction on more than two-thirds of the renovated Post Exchange.

Included in Phase 1, which is expected to be complete in August, are the facility’s warehouse, food court, outdoor living area, toy section and administrative offices.

Once Phase 1 construction is complete, the new food court will be opened to customers and Carothers will begin phases two through six, each of which is expected to last six months.

Phase 2 through 4 consist of retail areas in what is now the food court.

Phase 5 is the exchange’s mall and commodity space. Phase 6 includes concessions and vendors.

Marks said Fort Gordon was always projected to grow, but that the Air Force and Army Exchange Service did not have solid projections to estimate by when it hired Carothers.

He said it is exciting to see it all come together.

“Our old location was an inconvenience for Fort Gordon soldiers,” Marks said. “They had to visit four different registers to make everyday purchases. This will make everything a one-stop shot. It’s long overdue.”

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nocnoc 04/24/14 - 06:01 am
I am happy that Military service personnel and their Families

are still getting the expansion, given the budget cutting and the constant reductions in even basic support mechanisms for their families.

While the Military pay was never meant to be high.
Better pay for military personnel is also needed. income.



corgimom 04/24/14 - 06:28 am
That PX needed to be enlarged

That PX needed to be enlarged 35 years ago, it wasn't much better than a convenience store. Glad to see this happening.

corgimom 04/24/14 - 06:34 am
Hey, if she doesn't like what

Hey, if she doesn't like what the other Commissioners say to her, she'll claw their eyes out. Operative word being, "claw".

She'd put a grizzly bear to shame with those things.

itsanotherday1 04/24/14 - 05:41 pm
Comments from a friend

who is retired military and retired again as a government contract "overseer".

Contract started on November 1, 2013 and by April 23 they had lost 40 days to weather.

November had 30 days, 4 Sunday's, 5 Saturday;s, 2 Holidays, or minus 11 days equal 19 work days.
December had 31 days, 5 Sunday's, 4 Saturday's, 1 Holiday, or minus 10 days equal 21 work days.
January had 31 days, 4 Sunday's, 4 Saturday's, 2 Holiday's, or minus 10 days, equal 21 work days.
February had 28 days, 4 Sunday's, 4 Saturday's, 1 Holiday, or minus 9 days, equal 19 work days.
March had 31 days, 5 Sunday's, 5 Saturday's, no Holiday, or minus 10 days, equal 21 work days.
April had 23 days, 3 Sunday's, 3 Saturday's, no Holiday, or minus 6 days, equal 17 work days.

The above time frame covers 154 day's.
Minus 56 days of Sunday's, Saturday's and Holiday's.
This leaves 98 Work Days working 5 days a week.
If they are working 4 - Ten (10) Hour Days as most contractor's work now a days, this would result in a minus 24 or 25 days. Days 98 -24 equals 74 work days.
The lost work days 40 subtracted from 98 is 58 days worked or 74 is 34 work days if they are working 4 tens.

Either the Contracting Officers Representative/Contracting Officers Technical Representative, or the Construction Manager has problems and should be looked into.

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