It Costs How Much?
A high school. A simple high school. A couple of floors, a roof, divided into class rooms. Maybe a lab or two, wired for computers. A gym. Pretty much a large functional square building. Opening bid? $63 million.
- The cost of building a new Westinghouse High School has skyrocketed, to nearly $103 million, far beyond the $63 million for Little Village High, according to plans approved Wednesday by Chicago School Board members.
- In 2004, the board agreed to pay $63 million for site preparation, environmental work, construction and various fees for the new Westinghouse. Later, Daley said he wanted to put a 600-student college prep school and a 600-student vocational education school in the building, forcing design changes.
- The original estimate left out some demolition, land acquisition and remediation costs, said CPS spokesman Michael Vaughn. Also, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, construction costs have spiked, adding about $20 million to the cost, he said.
Funny how the price just kept climbing after the contract was already awarded. And just how much are the Olympics slated to cost? We can only hope the recent scandals have shifted the games to LA, otherwise this entire city will be bankrupt (more than usual we mean).
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