Recreation Center Design/Build Application Approved
City Receives Approval to Utilize Design Build
Our efforts to develop the Recreation Center continue to move forward. In January the City presented the Recreation Center Project before the Project Review Committee (PRC) requesting approval to utilize Design Build as an alternative project delivery for the new facility. Our presentation focused on why this project was a good fit to utilize Design Build for project delivery. The three major points listed in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) required to utilize design build are listed below:
- RCW 39.10.300(1)(b) “Greater Innovation or efficiencies between the designer and the builder”
- RCW 39.10.300 (1)(c) “Significant savings in project delivery time”
- RCW 39.10.280(2)(a) “Substantial Fiscal Benefit”
This is the first project that the City has elected to use Design Build as an alternative delivery method for and this lack of experience was a point of concern for the committee. Ultimately the committee felt that this project was an excellent fit to utilize design build and commended the City on the team of consultants that were enlisted to assist with this project. The committee unanimously approved our application.
The next step in the process is the issuance of the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) that will be published in early February. Proposers shall submit a Statement of Qualifications “SOQ” pursuant to the RFQ. The City shall initially determine whether Design Build Teams are "Responsive and Responsible" with respect to the submission of the SOQ.
Projects of Similar Scope and Complexity. The definition of “Projects of Similar Scope and Complexity” are projects that had completion dates within the last five (5) years and that have many or all of the following characteristics:
- Projects of a similar size and budget that include design and construction of Recreation Centers;
- Projects that utilize an integrated delivery method that required strong coordination and integration of the design and construction team and early involvement of the contractor during design;
Short List. The City will establish a selection committee and evaluate each Project Team responding to this RFQ solely upon the factors, weighting and process identified in this RFQ. Based on the selection committee’s findings, the City will select two responsive and responsible finalists to submit proposals.
RFP Phase. The City will provide the short-listed firms a Request for Proposal ("RFP"), that will contain a description of the Project generally as described in this RFQ, including the City’s criteria requirements, including a detailed description of the project including programmatic, performance, and technical requirements and specifications; functional and operational elements; and minimum net and gross areas of buildings; and the target budget for the design-build portion of the project, the form of the design-build agreement and matters listed in RCW 39.10.330(3).
In essence the two short listed teams will be competing for the project. Their proposals will be due in early May. The public will be provided an opportunity to review and comment the proposals submitted by the short listed teams. The selection committee will score the proposals and select the preferred design and make the recommendation to the City Council to approve moving to the contract phase.
The City is also beginning the capital fundraising effort to supplement the bond approved by the residents. We have entered into a contract with Westby & Associates to undertake a feasibility study and develop the strategy to develop the capital campaign.