8i. Memo

Interim Westside Fire Station Budget Request

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.          8i 
ACTION ITEM                            Date of Meeting    September 27, 2022 
DATE:     September 19, 2022 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Randy Krause, Fire Chief 
Eileen Francisco, Director, Aviation Project Management 
SUBJECT:  Interim Westside Fire Station Budget Request (CIP #C800876) (Short Form) 
Amount of this request:                 $300,000 
Total estimated project cost:         $10,388,000 
Request Commission authorization for the Executive Director to increase funding for the Interim
Westside Fire Station project, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, by $300,000, for a new
total of $10,388,000, to complete improvements to the building prior to occupancy. 
This request is for additional budget for the Interim Westside Fire Station. This will allow Port
Construction Services (PCS) to complete improvements to the building’s living quarters that
would be best finished prior to the station’s occupancy and use. These improvements would
provide soffits to conceal exposed conduits and pipework connected to the heating and cooling
system in the building’s bunk rooms and living quarters. The project team has forecasted
$300,000 will be required to complete these improvements. This amount does include
contingency for further risks. The work is anticipated to be complete in October. 
The Interim Westside Fire Station project establishes a stand-alone, fully functional fire station
on the west side of the airfield to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated airfield
firefighting requirements. In April, this project reached substantial completion for construction
of the design-build contract 18 months later than planned. While overall, the building meets the
goals of the project, one feature that needs further work is the state of exposed conduits and
pipework feeding the bunk room Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and cooling system
components. VRF systems typically appear to the end user as wall mounted units with grilled
openings to circulate room air for cooling or heating. Refrigerant lines and electrical connections
are typically hidden within the supporting walls. In this case, the surface mounted conduit and
pipework installed by the design-builder does not meet the workmanship requirements of the
Port, nor do they meet Port standard. Because the design-builder has refused to correct their
deficient installation, the Port will pursue back charging for these costs undertaken by PCS to
address this condition. To conceal these utility lines, PCS will construct soffits on which the VRF

Template revised April 12, 2018.

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units will be mounted. This request would allow the Port to retain funds originally due the
contractor though offset by liquidated damages owed due to the 18-month late completion of
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Template revised September 22, 2016; format updates October 19, 2016.


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