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The timetable for the Kaw Lake water pipeline project has been moved back at least six months following a decision by the city to seek a construction manager at risk to design the project.

Work on the design is expected to begin 6 to 9 months from now, according to the city of Enid.

Head of engineering, Chris Gdanski, said that it’s easier to keep track of project cost by working with a construction manager than alternative means of developing design.

The city has estimated total cost of the Kaw Lake project at $315 million. Gdanski said that estimate likely will prove accurate moving forward, but the construction manager will offer updates at intervals throughout the design process.

“It gives us an opportunity to know what that cost is going to be early, because under normal circumstances you don’t truly know what the bid is going to be until you’ve got 100% design,” he said.

By the time the manager reaches 60% design completion, they are required to provide a set-in-stone price tag, “where he guarantees he can build this project for that dollar,” Gdanski said.

Despite the delay, city officials said the move will save money in the long term.

A construction manager at risk has not been selected yet, but Garver, the engineering and architecture firm tasked with carrying out the Kaw Lake project, is expected to find one soon.

The manager’s total cost estimate for the project is expected sometime in January 2020.

During a 5 p.m. study session, commissioners heard an update on the “Under Her Wing Was The Universe” art project from artist Romy Owens.

More than $250,000 has been raised for the project, with the vast majority coming from private donations. The art installation is expected to be fully complete by spring 2020, according to Owens.

Ward 4 Commissioner Jonathan Waddell expressed concern over the length of time the project has…

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