Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Governor Brewer’s pet project has $5,000,000 projected overrun already
At the Senate hearing on the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum bill (HB 2251), the AHS assured the Senate committee they had good solid cost estimates for the $9,000,000 centennial museum. In fact, as noted in the Aug 13th post on this blog, they had only a half page of rough calculations from their east coast designer.
As described in the Nov 5th and Jan 3rd posts, the AHS has a history for over running cost and missing schedules. Now, history is repeating itself.
The 5C Arizona Centennial Museum has no chance of being open for Arizona’s centennial. None. Nothing has been accomplished in the first year and a half and no one is even pretending that it will open on schedule. A Centennial Commission presentation to the Fountain Hills Town Council a couple of week ago projects an opening date a year or more after the centennial.
At a Senate JLBC hearing last Friday, the AHS lobbyist told the Senators that the new budget is $14,000,000. There are rumors of private conversations with Arizona Centennial Board / Foundation members indicating it is actually $15,000,000,
Construction has not started, and the design has not even started. In fact, a year and a half after planning began fund raising is (supposedly) just starting. No significant funds have been raised to date.
Therefore, the AHS and the Arizona Centennial commission / Foundation team have set a new record for botched program management.
An over fifty percent cost over run before anything even happens.