WSR 08-11-050



[ Filed May 15, 2008, 2:14 p.m. , effective May 24, 2008 ]

Effective Date of Rule: May 24, 2008.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: As required by RCW 34.05.350(2) when filing a second emergency rule-making order, the University of Washington is actively continuing the permanent rule-making process; filing a preproposal statement of inquiry (WSR 08-05-101) on February 15, 2008, and a proposed rule making (WSR 08-09-059) on April 15, 2008, for these rules.

Purpose: Establish a new chapter that provides for a fair, open, and efficient development agreement 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.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.20.130 and 28B.20.140.

Other Authority: University of Washington Board of Regent's Standing Orders, Chapter 1, Section 2.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The proposed alternative contracting process for the University of Washington is necessary because it will provide the university with a process that is sufficiently flexible to (1) allow the pending Husky Stadium project to proceed expeditiously; and (2) provide a cost-effective construction process that is equipped to deal with schedule conflicts that are likely to arise with construction of the Husky Stadium Sound Transit light rail station project being built adjacent to Husky Stadium.

Conflicts between construction schedules for these two large projects can increase costs to both projects. Failure to manage these conflicts will not only increase costs but will also increase traffic congestion including potential negative impacts to ingress and egress to the University of Washington Medical Center for patients, staff, and visitors.

Expediting the schedule for construction of Husky Stadium will also reduce the time frame required to restore, renovate, and bring up to code older areas of the stadium. Emergency adoption of the WAC is in the public interest because it will save costs, expedite necessary repairs, and ensure safe usage of the stadium.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 5, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 5, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: May 14, 2008.

Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff

Director of Rules Coordination


Chapter 478-350 WAC


WAC 478-350-010   Authority.   The University of Washington adopts these rules pursuant to RCW 28B.20.140.


WAC 478-350-020   Purpose.   The purpose of this chapter is to establish a fair, open, and efficient method by which the university may, under certain circumstances, contract for the erection and construction of university buildings or improvements thereto, in lieu of other statutorily authorized contracting methods. These rules are intended to protect the best interests of the university and assure the delivery of quality work and products at a reasonable price under the most advantageous terms.


WAC 478-350-030   Applicability.   The contracting method set forth in this chapter may be used only when the president of the university finds that all of the following criteria are met:

(1) The building or improvement involved has a total project cost in excess of twenty-five million dollars;

(2) The design or construction of the building or improvement or its construction schedule may be directly impacted by large construction projects being planned or constructed by other agencies or private developers;

(3) Postponing the building or improvement or delaying it through the use of other contracting methods is likely to have a significant adverse effect on the operation, mission, or financial interests of the university; and

(4) The building or improvement may benefit from a contracting method that integrates services including but not limited to a developer, designer, construction manager and contractor being on the same team and working collaboratively.

A finding by the university president that a project meets all of the above criteria shall be subject to review by the University of Washington board of regents at their discretion.


WAC 478-350-040   Contracting method.   Upon an approved finding that a project meets the criteria set forth above, the president or the president's designee may proceed to conduct a competitive process that is open, fair, and unbiased and results in one or more contracts with a qualified entity or team on the most advantageous terms. The process must include at least the following elements:

(1) RFQ/RFP. Contracts will be awarded through either a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or a Request for Proposals (RFP) process or a combination thereof. The RFQ/RFP will include a clear description of what the university believes to be most important about the project as well as the weight of selection criteria.

(2) Public notice. The university shall publish at least once in a legal newspaper of general circulation published in, or as near as possible to, that part of the county in which the project will be constructed, a notice of its RFQ/RFP, and information regarding the availability and location of the RFQ/RFP documents.

(3) Selection criteria. Selection criteria shall include, but are not limited to, qualifications of the project team, technical excellence and competence, experience, capacity to accomplish the work, ability to deliver a quality project, past performance of the team or its constituent members, and price or fee, taking into consideration the estimated cost of construction as well as the long-term performance, operation and maintenance of the building or improvement.

(4) Negotiations. The university shall first attempt to negotiate a contract with the entity deemed to have submitted the best overall response. If such negotiations are not successful, the university may proceed to negotiate with the entity deemed to have submitted the next best response.


WAC 478-350-050   Prevailing wages, bonds and retainage.   Any contract awarded pursuant to these rules shall require full compliance with applicable sections of chapters 39.08, 39.12, and 60.28 RCW. The selected entity shall also be encouraged to work closely with the university's business diversity program.


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