Skyrocketing Costs and Projects Delayed
The program was designed to decrease the amount of time required for DDC to procure design services but does not focus on actual construction costs or timelines. In October of 2016, DDC announced 26 firms that will have exclusive rights to bid on design RFP’s until 2019.
The program has resulted in project costs skyrocketing and projects being delayed. DNA info wrote a story about the program.
The following are some examples of projects that suffered time delays and cost overruns because the focus of the DDC is on reducing the time it takes to design a project rather than focusing on the time and cost of the total project.
- 121 Precinct station house on Staten Island original price tag of $3 million cost $73 million in 2013.
- The renovation of Central Park police station house went from $26 million to $61 million.
- Queens Hunters Point Library branch in Hunters Point went from $20 million in 2004 to $30 million in 2017.
- Spring Street Salt Shed went from $10 million to $23 million 2016.
- Kew Gardens Hills Library went from $3.1 million to $9.628 million
- Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage, which houses Sanitation Department trucks, went from an original cost of $147 million to $214 million.
- Staten Island Animal Care Center went from $3.1 million in 2013 to $8.2 million. The project is still under
In April, 2017, The Center for an Urban Future released a study called Slow Build that provided ideas to speed up the renovations of Libraries and Cultural Facilities while saving the city money.