AIRWAY HEIGHTS REC CENTER UPDATE
It is an exciting time right now for the Parks & Recreation Department. As we work hard to continue offering quality programs to our community, we keep our eyes and minds focused on the Recreation Center project and the process to ensuring that the community gets the absolute best facility possible that will benefit us for years to come.
City Council recently approved a contract with Hill International Inc. to provide project management services for the Recreation Center Project. This company has a great deal of experience in project management including working with the Spokane Public Facilities District on the $50 million 90,000 square foot addition to the Spokane Convention Center. The City will work with Hill International to submit an application to the Washington State Project Review Committee (PRC) to utilize a design-build method for the design and construction of the Recreation Center. This delivery method benefits all parties to the construction process. Design-build streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the City and the design-build team. This will save time and money by forming a relationship between the City, the designers, and builders allowing collaboration and teamwork.
The application to the PRC is the first step in requesting authorization to use the design-build project delivery method. In the application the City will need to show that this process will provide a fiscal benefit, or that the use of the traditional method of awarding the contract to the lowest responsive bidder is not practical for meeting desired quality standards or delivery schedules. The City will also need to show that it has a qualified team with the knowledge, experience and personnel to administer the design-build contract. The PRC will usually make its determination at a public meeting during which an application is reviewed unless there is public comment that the PRC must consider before a determination is made.
This facility is the largest project the Parks & Recreation Department has ever undertaken, and it is our duty to do it right for our citizens. The ultimate hope is that we choose and implement a process that brings the best facility possible, on time, on budget, and that meets the needs and interests of our community.
J.C. Kennedy – Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Director