Contractor has to credit college for $80,000. Total pojoet cost cut by $155,000

Taft College saved some money on its courtyard project – nearly $155,000.
They cut corners by deleting four architectural masonry walls and some other niceties to save nearly $61,000, and had $14,000 in unused funds.
But the biggest chunk ($80,000) was a result of the contractor being late getting the project done – nine months late.
C.S. Legacy Construction of Chino had that amount credited back to the project as a result of a contract clause that holds the company responsible for delays it caused.
After approving a change order encompassing the deleted items, unused funds and delay penalty, the college’s Board of Trustees approved a notice of completion that reduced the total project cost to just over $1.4 million.
The complete makeover, however, is still not finished.
A fountain and shade structures will complete the project, but that was not included in Legacy’s contract.
Supt./Pres. Willy Duncan said work on the fountain, which will be located at the east end of the courtyard, will begin soon.
“We have a bronze Cougar that will be a feature of the fountain,” he told the citizens oversight committee that oversees the expenditure of nearly $40 million in voter-approved bonds.
The shade structures, Duncan said, will be built next summer.
The courtyard is part of the college’s $100 million campus makeover.
Most of the upgrades so far have been major remodeling projects, but one new building was constructed – a library – and swing space was created to accommodate students and staff displaced by construction.
Work has begun on a $6 million makeover of the technical arts building and a bid will be awarded at the board’s September meeting on construction of a new home for the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) center.