Saturday, July 31, 2010

City of Everett Denied Request to Use Design-Build

The State of Washington's Project Review Committee (PRC) on July 22, 2010, denied the application of the City of Everett to use Design-Build as a project delivery method for a new Municipal Court building.

The City of Everett had been seeking approval to use Design-Build for one of the ten projects permitted under state law [RCW 39.10.300 (5)] for projects between $2 million and $10 million.  To read a copy of Everett's application to the PRC, click here

What Does the PRC Look For?:  The PRC is charged under state law (chapter 39.10 RCW) with reviewing applications from public agencies wanting to use either Design-Build or General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) as a project delivery method.  The PRC looks carefully at both the project and whether it is appropriate for the particular delivery method, and whether the public agency has the appropriate staff with knowledge of the delivery method as used in Washington State.  Staff may be through in house staff or through consultants. 

Everett Pursues Project with Design-Bid-Build Process:  After the City of Everett was denied permission to use the Design-Build process, the City announced its intention to pursue the project using the traditional Design-Bid-Build contracting process.  On July 30, 2010, the City advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce newspaper seeking qualifications from architectural/engineering firms for the design of the facility. Qualifications are due to the City on August 24, 2010.

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