WSR 08-05-101

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON


[ Filed February 15, 2008, 3:55 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: A new chapter on an alternative contracting process previously filed under RCW 34.05.350, as chapter 478-350 WAC, Alternative contracting process for the University of Washington.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28B.20.130 and 28B.20.140.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed alternative contracting process for the University of Washington is necessary in order to provide the university with a contracting and construction process that is consistent with the university's statutory authority and is sufficiently flexible to allow university construction projects to move forward in a cost-effective manner when projects undertaken by other agencies or private developers create conflicts that could increase the time for completion of the university project and [as] well as the cost of the university project. This new chapter will establish rules for a fair, open, and efficient design and construction method by which the University of Washington may, under limited circumstances, move expeditiously and efficiently to contract for capital projects in a way that protects the best interests of the university and assures the delivery of quality work and products at a reasonable price under the most advantageous terms.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: This rule may be of interest to the department of general administration and the department of labor and industries. In an effort to coordinate with these agencies the University of Washington will provide them with copies of the proposed rule.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments or inquiries may be directed to Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff, director of rules coordination by one of the following routes: Mail: University of Washington, Rules Coordination Office, Box 355509, Seattle, WA 981955509; e-mail rules@u.washington.edu; or fax (206) 2216917.

February 15, 2008

Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff

Director of Rules Coordination

Washington State Code Reviser's Office