August 16, 2013
Port of Pasco Selects General Contractor/Construction Manager
Pasco, WA – On August 14, the Port of Pasco named Bouten Construction Company the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) for the nearly $36 million expansion of the Tri-Cities Airport. The Port will begin immediate contract negotiations with Bouten to provide design assistance on the project. A separate construction contract will be negotiated when the project is ready for bidding, expected in early 2014.
Bouten was one of three finalists for the position.
“We’re excited to begin work with Bouten,” said Port of Pasco Commission president Jean Ryckman. “The input they can provide on costs and construction issues will provide a huge benefit to the project team as we move into full design of the terminal expansion.”
“Bouten is an established major contractor in the Tri-Cities area having provided construction services on local medical, education and commercial building projects. The Port of Pasco is very happy to have Bouten on board for the Tri-Cities Airport Expansion Project,” she said.
Local subcontractors will be actively solicited by Bouten in the April timeframe when the project moves into construction early next year.
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the GC/CM team for this project,” said Bill Bouten, President of Bouten Construction. “We have proven construction experience remodeling public facilities that must remain open throughout the construction process. We are confident that our team will bring value to this project, and we look forward to participating with Mead & Hunt and the Port to create a more efficient facility to serve our region.”
Because of the complex nature of the project, including keeping the airport operational during construction, Commissioners chose to utilize the GC/CM delivery method, as opposed to the more traditional contracting methods of design-bid-build or design-build. What differentiates the GC/CM delivery method is the point in the project when the general contractor is hired; in this case, by selecting the general contractor early on, it allows Bouten to participate as an advisor during the design process and build communication with the architect.
Benefits to the Port by implementing the GC/CM method include lower risk, better budget control, and a firmer schedule.
As a public agency, the Port was required to get special permission from the state of Washington to implement the GC/CM method of delivery. The state legislature established an oversight board for Alternative Public Works, called the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) in 2005. The 2007 Legislative Session created the Project Review Committee (PRC) to work under CPARB. The PRC reviews and approves public body certification and project approval applications for the utilization of GC/CM and Design/Build delivery methods. The Port was granted permission to use the GC/CM method – the first such FAA public works project of its kind in the northwest to implement the GC/CM approach.
Bouten will begin providing pre-construction assistance to Mead & Hunt Architects for the project in mid-September. Construction, which is scheduled to take two years, is set to begin next summer.