Overland Park Arboretum visitors’ center cost overrun grows, total project price now tops $19M

Overland Park Arboretum

City officials say increasing prices of construction materials exacerbated by this past winter's major storms, which caused infrastructure damage in Texas, has pushed the total cost of the long-anticipated Overland Park Arboretum visitors' center to $19.3 million. Above, a rendering of the center's main building next to a pond. Image courtesy Confluence.

A visitors’ center long in the works for the Overland Park Arboretum will overrun its budget by even more than originally anticipated, due in part to fast-rising cost of building materials, a city council committee learned this month.

City officials had been expecting a significant cost overrun since December. But once the materials were bid, it became apparent that the project would be in the red by closer to $2.6 million, rather than by the $1.4 million initially projected.