Increased construction activity locally and across the nation is having a ripple effect here in Eugene, including supply chain issues, shortage of skilled labor, and so much available work that fewer contractors are bidding on projects with much higher bid prices.
To make the Lincoln School Park budget go as far as possible, we are looking at options to make our projects more flexible to attract more contractors to submit competitive bids (lower prices). As such, we are planning to delay construction to allow material prices to come back down and align our bid timing to when contractors are apt to be looking for work.
Our current thinking is a construction completion date of late June 2022, which will allow the new park to be usable for much of summer 2022.
We know it is disappointing to experience another delay and we appreciate your patience given these unusual circumstances.