Last weekend, we reported that the city has hired a consultant to help recover as much as $27 million in reimbursements from the state for school construction projects, some of which date back to 2003 (and earlier).
Program managers for the 20 projects that the city is still seeking reimbursements on — which include Diggs Construction (it managed 13 of the projects), the board of education (5 projects) and Pinnacle One (2 projects) — submitted incomplete or incorrect paperwork, and didn’t follow up when the state questioned or rejected the change orders.
Turns out that Pinnacle One, which oversaw renovation projects at Breakthrough and Classical Magnet, had at one point changed its name to ARCADIS. ARCADIS merged with O&G to become ARCADIS/O&G — the company that the city is now contracting with for school projects.
Pinnacle One failed to properly seek about $3.8 million in reimbursements ($884,505 from the Breakthrough project and $2.88 million on the Classical Magnet project). City Architect Antonio Matta told me that he and other officials, who’ve been tracking down old paperwork and signatures in order to pursue the reimbursements, are working with ARCADIS employees that were around for the old Hartford school projects.
“We’ve been able to find some of the employees who were with Pinnacle, that are now ARCADIS employees, and they’ve assisted us with the [project] closeouts,” Matta said. “They’ve been very helpful.”
The city is hoping for roughly $10 million (stemming from 5 projects) this year and about $9 million (stemming from 7 projects) next year, Matta has said. The city built $12.2 million into its budget this year from the school reimbursements.