New report looks into construction issues with La Jolla lifeguard station

Posted at 6:23 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 21:27:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new report issued by the Office of the San Diego City Auditor says the La Jolla Children's Pool Lifeguard Station was overbudget and delayed multiple times. 

According to the report, the city budgeted $3.6 million, but when all was said and done it cost $4.3 million and took three years to complete. 
After it opened in Summer of 2016, there were issues with the bathrooms, which had to be closed and re-opened again later in the year. 

The report says the extra costs were due to not factoring in design requests and upgrades well into the construction phase. 

And as for the delays, that was attributed in part to wildlife issues with birds and the seal pupping season. 

In summary the the audit recommended the Public Works Department do the following: 

1. Public Works, in conjunction with the assetowning departments, should

conduct scoping/partnering meetings early in the process to discuss

lifeguard station program needs, special scope requests, and the impacts of

codes and regulations on the project’s overall cost and schedule. (Priority 2)

2. Public Works should implement strict considerations for product and material

applications applicable to Lifeguard Station environmental and occupant

requirements. (Priority 3)

3. For facilities located in harsh environments such as a marine environment,

Public Works should have a supplemental maintenance plan in place for high

risk materials and components. (Priority 3)

The Public Works Department has agreed to implement the recommendations