Airport Basin: Project jets along with council approval

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By Carol A. Clark

Council's 60-percent design phase approval for the Airport Basin project at its meeting May 15 allows the county to take advantage of the current building season to accomplish critical infrastructure work.


Trenching for utilities, earthwork tasks, drainage, and general site preparation can now be accomplished. The remaining portion or portions of the contract including building the facilities and related infrastructure needs such as parking have been awarded to in one or more packages, starting in September, which could allow for project construction to begin in October.

Hensel Phelps is the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) on the project. Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman explained one advantage of the CMAR project delivery method is the ability for the construction contractor to guide the team toward the best means to attain early or on-time project completion milestones.

"The goal is to complete construction by the end of 2009 and move the county and school facilities to their new location at the Airport Basin site in early 2010," he said.

Some 280 people related to the county, schools and utilities department will work amongst 60 offices at the site.