Big Projects Require Big Software


Maggie Wall/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough has a number of big construction projects in the works – the high school renovation and the landfill expansion are just two.

Given the price and scope the projects the borough assembly last week approved the purchase of new project management software to help keep track of everything.

KMXT’s Maggie Wall has more.

(Project Software 4:06 SOC)

If you’ve ever built a house or even had an addition you know that construction projects have countless loose ends that need tied up and reams of paperwork to keep tabs on.

Multiply that by about a hundred gajillion and you can imagine what a nightmare it must be to keep tabs on all the odds and ends and pieces of paper and deadlines and nuts and bolts and everything else associated with a major construction project such as the high school renovation.

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly last week approved the $85-thousand purchase of specialized project management software from a Florida firm. The software could be used to any number of borough projects, but was the school renovation that was mentioned repeatedly during discussion at last week’s assembly meeting.

Assembly woman Louise Stutes was firmly against purchasing the software. She said her research showed that the borough could build into the contract that the builder provide and leave software with the borough:

-((Louise Stutes 1:00 Can use contractor’s software))

Assembly woman Chris Lynch, herself an engineer, argued that the software is not a redundant item and that it’s important for the borough to have its own copy:

-((Chris Lynch 1:00 Software handles projects and paperwork))

Assembly woman Judy Fulp said the high school project is the biggest the borough has ever taken on and the purchase of the software is money well spent.

-((Judy Fulp Biggest project :46 "It’s $80 million…to the project."))

The assembly approved the software purchase on a vote of 7 to 1, with Stutes casting the lone opposing vote.

I’m Maggie Wall


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