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                          HOUSE BILL 1680



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives Fisher, Mitchell and Poulsen; by request of The Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation


Read first time 01/31/2001.  Referred to Committee on Transportation.

Extending design-build for public works.

    AN ACT Relating to design-build procedures for public works; amending RCW 47.20.750, 47.20.755, and 47.20.765; repealing RCW 47.20.775; repealing 1998 c 195 s 7 (uncodified); and declaring an emergency.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 47.20.750 and 1998 c 195 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    The legislature finds and declares that a contracting procedure that facilitates construction of transportation facilities in a more timely manner may occasionally be needed to ensure that construction can proceed simultaneously with the design of the facility.  The legislature further finds that the design-build process and other alternative project delivery concepts achieve the goals of time savings and avoidance of costly change orders.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 47.20.755 and 1998 c 195 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

    The department of transportation shall develop((, by January 1, 1999,)) a process for awarding competitively bid highway construction contracts for projects over ten million dollars that may be constructed using a design-build procedure.  As used in this section, "design-build procedure" means a method of contracting under which the department of transportation contracts with another party for such party to both design and build the structures, facilities, and other items specified in the contract.

    The process developed by the department ((shall)) must, at a minimum, include the scope of services required under the design-build procedure, contractor prequalification requirements, criteria for evaluating technical information and project costs, contractor selection criteria, and an issue resolution procedure.  If a request for proposal will be used, the requirements of RCW 39.10.050 (4), (5), and (6) apply.


    Sec. 3.  RCW 47.20.765 and 1998 c 195 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

    The department of transportation, the department of licensing, and the Washington state patrol may use the design-build procedure for public works projects over ten million dollars where:

    (1) The construction activities are highly specialized and a design-build approach, as defined in RCW 47.20.755, is critical in developing the construction methodology; or

    (2) The projects selected provide opportunity for greater innovation and efficiencies between the designer and the builder; or

    (3) Significant savings in project delivery time would be realized.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:

    (1) RCW 47.20.775 (Design-build--Demonstration projects) and 1998 c 195 s 6; and

    (2) 1998 c 195 s 7 (uncodified).


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.


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