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EDITORIAL SAVING GRACE PIERCE COLLEGE GETS MORE BUILDINGS FOR LESS.

IN this era of rising costs for everything from fuel to steel, it's rare to find a construction project that's coming in on budget, especially when it comes to public agencies.

Rarer still are ones that will cost less than initially thought. That the case for some of Pierce College's Proposition A/AA projects.

Soaring costs for steel and other materials a couple of years ago forced the college to revise its budget and put off some of the buildings until prices went down. As a result, the college saved millions of dollars and can now build more for less.

It's not rocket science, but it is uncommon for big institutions to be so flexible. Just consider the Los Angeles Unified School District, which won't alter its behemoth building plan even in the face of changing demographics and costs.

If only the LAUSD could take a page from Pierce's campus-construction playbook and learn to achieve more with less.
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Date:Dec 11, 2007
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