LIBRARY BLUES ... The ongoing re-construction of Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Library and Community Center is dragging on. The project, which is by far the biggest and most expensive component of the $76 million library bond voters approved in 2008, continues to lag behind schedule as city inspectors and the project's construction manager find new mistakes seemingly every month. According to a new report, which the City Council is scheduled to approve next week, the project is about 81 percent done and the library is now scheduled to open in fall of 2013 (the previous estimate was spring 2013). "The number of corrections and re-inspections required is much larger than for a typical project," the reports states. Corrections are needed on mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure, on sliding glass doors and on windows, many of which failed water testing "multiple times." It doesn't help that the project's Oklahoma-based contractor, Flintco, is undergoing its own problems. Its CEO has recently been replaced and a portion of the company has been bought by Saint Louis-based Alberici. Palo Alto staff are striking an optimistic note regarding the company's news, noting that it has created a distraction and also an opportunity for "new leadership approaches," the new report states.
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