Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Two of the three major public expansion and renovation projects underway in Rochester remain on schedule with no real problems encountered so far.

But one is a few weeks behind schedule and has already tapped its contingency account.  Work began last month on the city’s Rec Center/Senior Center project and it was interrupted when some asbestos was discovered, including large amounts in the former landfill at the site. Work was slowed as the asbestos was dealt with. Park Department official Dale McCamish  says the extra cost to deal with the asbestos could be in excess of $100,000. He says a better idea of the extra cost will be known in about two weeks. Renovation of the lower level hockey locker rooms and the 50 meter swimming pool should be finished in September. The overall $22 million project is scheduled to be finished in the fall of next year.

Work on the Mayo Civic Center project is on schedule and the noisy pile-driving at the site is 50 percent complete. The first steel beams are expected to be put in place by the end of July. The expansion portion of the $84 million project is scheduled to be completed by September 2016. The renovation should be completed by August 2017.

Meanwhile, Olmsted County’s Government Center expansion project is ahead of schedule. Work on the $11 million project that will include a new weapons screening program began earlier this year and it was thought it would be completed in 12 - 14 months. The revised schedule indicates it could be finished by the end of the year.

photo by Kim David/Townsquare Media

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