Bullet-proof glass canceled for Ward County office building as officials work to reduce costs

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MINOT, North Dakota — Ward County commissioners have canceled an order for bullet-proof glass for the Social Services office in a $19.2 million county office building project.

Commissioners didn't approve the order in advance, and they're trying to get a handle on mounting additional costs for the building.

A $700,000 contingency fund created for unexpected project changes is almost depleted, and Commission Chairman Alan Walter says costs have to be reduced so the fund can handle other needed changes.

Another issue is that fire-rated elevator doors were overlooked in the original design. Architect Don Davison says now that they might not be required in a building equipped with a full sprinkler system.

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