8d. Memo

Load Dock Employee Screening Project at SEA International Airport

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.          8d 
ACTION ITEM                            Date of Meeting       June 28, 2022 

DATE:     June 21, 2022 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Eileen Francisco, Director Aviation Project Management 
Wendy Reiter, Director Aviation Security 
SUBJECT:  Load Dock Employee Screening Design, Equipment Purchase, and Construction
Authorization (CIP# C801119)
Amount of this request:               $1,645,000 
Total estimated project cost:          $1,700,000 
Request a single Commission authorization for the Executive Director to (1) complete the design 
of the Load Dock Employee Screening project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, (2) execute
contracts to purchase screening equipment, and (3) use Port crews for construction. The total
project estimated cost is $1,700,000. 
This project if constructed will deliver the necessary facilities to establish a higher level of
employee screening in the load dock area of the Airport. This project will also help advance safe
and secure operations by ensuring prohibited items are not brought into the sterile area through
the loading dock. An existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract will be utilized
for design, and Port Construction Services (PCS) will construct the project. To strengthen security
and improve operations surrounding deliveries and the screening of employees, the Load Dock
Employee Screening Project will serve as a vital conduit. The anticipated total project value is
$1.7 million. 
This project is required to meet the Airport’s goal of full employee screening. Currently, travel
through the Loading Dock is managed using the Airport’s Access Control system. However, while
deliveries are visually inspected, employees are not screened. Employee screening on the Load
Dock would be co-located with inspections of deliveries to provide screening for everything
transiting that space into the sterile area of the Airport, including employees, vendors,
contractors, and their personal items.

Template revised January 10, 2019.

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Diversity in Contracting 
The project staff intends to utilize an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ)
contract which has an established 16% WMBE goal associated with the design. In partnership
with the Diversity in Contracting department, this project will be performed by PCS and will utilize
small works contracts that typically utilize women and minority-owned business enterprises
(WMBE) as primes. 
Scope of Work
The project will be designed utilizing an existing IDIQ architectural firm. The capacity for this
design has been reserved in anticipation of approval. The project will utilize PCS resources to
construct and complete the installation of the security equipment. The project will procure an
Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening machine through a sole-sourced contract valued
at approximately $521,000. The AIT is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
will allow screening for all personnel without the need for any additional accommodation, is TSA
certified, and complies with current federal guidelines. The equipment will have a recurring
maintenance contract, which will be budgeted within the Aviation Security department's annual
operating budget. The project will also install an x-ray machine provided by the Port Security
The project will complete upgrades to the existing security cameras, lighting, and signage at the
Load Dock. Chain link fence and bollards will be installed around the perimeter of the Employee
Screening to protect the new security equipment, and a hazardous materials storage cage will be
relocated to accommodate the screening equipment placement.

Design start                                   2022 Quarter 3 
Construction starts                           2023 Quarter 2 
In-use date                                   2023 Quarter 3 
Cost Breakdown                                     This Request           Total Project 
Design                                                    $398,000               $453,000 
Construction                                              $726,000               $726,000 
Owner Furnished Material & Equipment                   $521,000              $521,000 
Total                                                        $1,645,000              $1,700,000 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Alternative 1: Construct an employee screening site at the Load Dock including explosive trace
detection and a large scanner suitable for merchandise and goods materials inspections.
Cost implications: $9,500,000 
(1) Most thorough screening option that provides complete screening for materials and
goods coming through the loading dock. 
(2) Merchandise will be going through a higher level of screening. 
(1) Most expensive option. 
(2) Takes up the most space and may not be able to fit without major infrastructure
(3) Will have the highest processing time. 
This is not the recommended alternative. 
Alternative 2: Provide stadium-style screening, with a walk-through metal detector and a table 
for hand-performed bag searches. 
Cost implications: $700,000 
(1) Takes up less space. 
(2) Less initial capital investment. 
(3) Will provide a basic level of screening that will help achieve the Airport’s goal. 
(4) For employees and personal item screening. 
(5) Reduces the security risk, but not as much as the preferred alternative. 
(1) Not as thorough, more potential for human error. 
(2) Less efficient, subject to longer wait times, and decreased throughput.
(3) Increased number of hand screens/pat-downs.
(4) Does not meet the SEA Aviation Security Standard for Full Employee Screening 
This is not the recommended alternative 
Alternative 3: Construct an employee screening site at the loading dock, including an X-Ray
machine and an AIT (body scanner). 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Cost implications: $1,700,000. 
(1) Employees and vendors along with personal belongings would be screened, mitigating
security risks.
(2) Aligns with the Airport’s security master plan. 
(3) Reduces the threat level of the airport. 
(4) Body scanner is more thorough because it is not restricted to metal objects. 
(5) Meets the SEA Aviation Security Standard for Full Employee Screening 
(1) May add to response time for maintenance staff and others. 
(2) Requires capital investment. 
(3) Reduces throughput of the gate during peak hours of the dock. 
(4) Will require maintenance of equipment. 
This is the recommended alternative. 
Cost Estimate/Authorization Summary              Capital        Expense           Total 
Original estimate                                $1,500,0000               $0     $1,500,0000 
Current change                                   $200,000              $0       $200,000 
Revised estimate                                $1,700,000              $0      $1,700,000 
Previous authorizations                             $55,000               $0         $55,000 
Current request for authorization                $1,645,000               $0      $1,645,000 
Total authorizations, including this request       $1,700,000               $0      $1,700,000 
Remaining amount to be authorized                    $0             $0             $0 
Annual Budget Status and Source of Funds 
This project, CIP C801119, was included in the 2022-2026 capital budget and plan of finance with
a budget of $1,500,000. A budget increase of $200,000 was transferred from the Aeronautical
Allowance CIP (C800753) resulting in zero net change to the Aviation capital budget. The funding
source will include the Airport Development Fund (ADF) and revenue bond. 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Financial Analysis and Summary 
Project cost for analysis              $1,700,000 
Business Unit (BU)                  Terminal Building 
Effect on business performance     NOI after depreciation will increase due to inclusion of
(NOI after depreciation)             capital (and operating) costs in airline rate base. 
IRR/NPV (if relevant)                N/A 
CPE Impact                       Less than $.01 in 2023 

(1)   Presentation slides 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).


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