No Bones About It, Law School Construction Back on Track
Officials with the Thomas Jefferson School of Law said they have reaped cost savings and remain on schedule for building a new law school in the East Village even after prehistoric findings stalled construction crews this summer.
Success in negotiating trade contracts and declining commodity prices has trimmed $600,000 off previous cost estimates, putting the new price tag at $67.7 million, according to Dean Rudy Hasl.
Among other savings, general contractor Bovis Lend Lease used a new environmentally friendly concrete mixture that shortened its construction timeline by four weeks and saved $187,000 in material costs. The Hycrete technology, along with other elements such as a rooftop solar panel, could help the law school achieve its goal of becoming Gold LEED-certified, according to spokesman Chris Saunders.