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October 29, 2013

PEGASYS trimming costs after construction estimate

ENID, Okla. — In an effort to come under budget for moving and relocation expenses, the city’s public access channel is eliminating some of its renovation costs.

The most recent bid for services from Henson Construction to renovate the basement offices and commons of The Non-Profit Center totaled more than $245,000. Earlier this year, the city of Enid set aside $240,000 to move PEGASYS from the Kress building.

This is the third construction estimate, said agency Executive Director Wendy Quarles. So far, PEGASYS has had to trim down its original design plans.

“We have eliminated a drop-ceiling. We’ve eliminated the expense of lowering the sprinkler system through the ceiling. So we’ll probably finish up the walls with a little platform across the top,” she told the PEGASYS Board of Directors. “I don’t want to spend any more money than we have to.

Current plans now only has the room containing the studio fully enclosed.

PEGASYS also has reduced the cost of carpeting the office and has canceled plans to put a new floor finishing in the studio, Quarles said.

“We’ve cut doors, we’ve cut walls. We’ve cut just about everything we can think of,” she said.

In addition to cosmetic changes, the new studio will have to go without an additional air conditioner for the playback system. Although the equipment needed for the system does generate heat, it isn’t expected to cause any issues. Quarles said that the agency can decide later to add another air conditioner.

When the construction work is complete, the station may also ask volunteers to help paint the new studio and office space. Once a final design and cost is pinned down, Quarles will present it to the board.

With renovating such a large space, each little cost can contribute to a larger price tag.

“Sometimes you have to get nitpicky,” Quarles said. “Basically, we can function with what we’ve cut with no problem.”

PEGASYS is renting part of the basement from The Non-Profit Center. Because the basement could not accommodate the station’s function, most of the cost was borne by appropriations from the Enid City Commission. The city had PEGASYS move from the Kress building to make way for a planned Hilton Garden Inn.

The latest estimate from Henson was $234,237 for the studio and office space, plus another $11,415 to improve the commons area downstairs. So far, PEGASYS has spent funds on moving and paying architect Ken Corbin for design work.

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