March 15, 2013
Bassetti Architects and BNBuilders were recently awarded the first design-build project for a K-12 school district in Washington. It will be built on 192nd Street off Canyon Road in Frederickson, near Boeing's operations.
The project for Bethel School District No. 403 consists of a 30,200-square-foot transportation center, 22,500-square-foot central kitchen, and 9,000 square feet of multi-function space that includes a bus drivers' lounge and training room. All of the space will be built within pre-engineered metal buildings.
Jim Hansen, director of construction and planning for the district, said the project's $15 million guaranteed maximum price has jumped to $19.4 million due to an increase in its scope.
Also, Bassetti has tweaked the design so now the complex will have two buildings instead of three connected buildings. The multi-function space was previously to be in a 9,000-square-foot building between the transportation center and central kitchen. Now it is on the second floor of the transportation center. Hansen said going vertical will save money.
The district has a cost-sharing agreement in the contract with BNB that returns most any savings to the district and the rest to BNB. Hansen said BNB would have to cover any costs above $19.4 million.
The team expects to seek permits from Pierce County as soon as the end of next week. Hansen said permitting will take about six to eight weeks, and they plan to start construction in late June and finish a year later.
BNB and Bassetti collaborated on the recently completed third phase of the Denny International Middle School/Chief Sealth International High School. They beat nine other teams seeking the Bethel job.
“We want to show the K-12 community and other educators why the design-build approach can be such a great process,” said Jason Limp, BNB pre-construction manager, in a release. “We know there will be a lot of eyes on this project and we are grateful to Bethel School District for choosing our team.”
Other team members are: AHBL (landscape architect, civil and structural engineer), Veca Electric & Technologies, Auburn Mechanical, Bellevue Mechanical and Fire Sprinklers Inc.
Benjamin Minnick can be reached by email or by phone at (206) 622-8272.