Office of Mental Health
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Manhattan Psychiatric Center: Dunlap Building Rehabilitation Project

In 1985, as part of its $1 billion capital improvement plan to modernize patient living areas, OMH was authorized to renovate the Dunlap Building at Manhattan Psychiatric Center. At the time of our audit in May 1998, the renovation project was still in process. We examined the management of this project and attempted to identify reasons for the delays in project completion. We identified a number of factors that contributed to the delays, including significant changes in the scope of the project, several bankruptcies among the contractors, and unanticipated field conditions such as the discovery of asbestos. As a result of the delays and other factors, the expected cost of the project increased from $40.9 million to $133.6 million, or about $530,000 per bed. As of May 1998, the project was about 80 percent complete with an anticipated completion date of January 1999.

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