8e. Memo

Maritime Industrial Center Electric Equipment Procurement

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.          8e 
ACTION ITEM                            Date of Meeting      March 26, 2024 

DATE:     February 23, 2023 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Kelly Purnell, Capital Project Manager 
Jennifer Maietta, Director, Real Estate Asset Management 
Kenneth Lyles, Director of Maritime Operations and Security 
SUBJECT:  Maritime Industrial Center Electric Equipment Procurement (C801241) 
Amount of this request:               $7,948,000 
Total estimated project cost:         $12,408,000 
Request Commission authorization for the Executive Director to approve construction funding in
the amount of $7,948,000 for a Design-Build construction contract for the Maritime Industrial
Center Electrical Infrastructure Replacement project. 
The Maritime Industrial Center (MIC) Electrical Infrastructure Replacement project has reached
approximately 60% design. Throughout the course of the discovery phase of the design, including
extensive due diligence in surveying, archival research, and field investigation, it has become
apparent that the MIC property has complex and at-risk site conditions, and is severely
operationally constrained. The risk to operational continuity at the site, constrained site access
for industry equipment and large trucks, and aging site infrastructure that must be addressed
and worked around during construction are challenging to overcome without early direct input
from a general contractor that can apply valuable input to the design and construction
methodology for the project. Additionally, an overlapping project to improve storm water
management on the leased eastern portion of the site further complicates and adds risk to the
electrical project due to location and timing. 
Late Q4 2023, the MIC Electrical Infrastructure Replacement project delivery method of Design-
Bid-Build with Owner Furnished Equipment was reevaluated by the project team and leadership
in Waterfront Project Management, Engineering, and the Central Procurement Office. At that
time, the decision was made to transition the project delivery method to a Design-Build contract. 

Template revised January 10, 2019.

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Meeting Date: March 26, 2024 
This action will authorize all remaining design and construction funding for the project as a
Design-Build project delivery. 
The MIC site, located just west of Fishermen’s Terminal, currently has a tenant mix of storage,
warehouse, maintenance and repair shops, boatyard and marine services, and fishing vessel
support operations. A large majority of the electrical infrastructure that serves the tenants is
approximately 25 years old. Though electrical systems generally last 20 to 30 years, their
proximity to water has caused it to deteriorate at an expedited rate. An arc flash study and
condition assessment were performed on the property in 2020 and determined that several
pieces of equipment need replacement for safety reasons as they are not compliant with National
Electrical Code (NEC) standards and are too dangerous to service properly. 
The replacement of the infrastructure is critical to maintaining reliable and resilient operations
for the MIC facilities, ensure that the Port meets its tenant obligations, and continues to leverage
the economic opportunities that result in well managed and maintained assets. Transitioning this
project to a Design-Build project delivery will provide the necessary upgrade to the overall site
to meet these obligations, and reduce risks associated with the constraints of the site during
In October 2022 the Port Commission authorized staff to proceed with the design and permitting
phase of the project, and to proceed on long lead material procurement in March 2023.
Additional funds were authorized in October 2023 to supplement the electrical equipment
procurement for higher than anticipated bids. 
This project supports the following Century Agenda and Maritime Division strategic goals: 
Century Agenda: 
1.  Responsibly Invest in the Economic Growth of the Region and All Its Communities. 
2.  Be a Highly Effective Public Agency. 
Maritime Division: 
1.  Asset Management 
2.  Sustainability 
The project will include necessary upgrades to the electrical system by replacing current
equipment that is dangerous to work on and at risk of failure. This investment will increase the
asset value of the MIC by ensuring that the site facilities are functioning well and efficiently,
removing dangerous water intrusion into electrical areas, and increasing the reliability of power
to the Port’s tenants. Additionally, the upgraded electrical equipment will provide the flexibility

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

             COMMISSION AGENDA – Action Item No. 8e                                  Page 3 of 7 
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to utilize electrical capacity for additional future sustainable EV charging capabilities and
potential additional shore power that is not currently possible with the existing equipment. 
Diversity in Contracting 
WMBE goals will be established for the larger general construction contract that will be solicited
when the project is ready to be advertised for the Design-Build contract. 
Maritime Industrial Center – 2700 Commodore Way, Seattle, WA 98199 
Electrical Infrastructure Replacement – C801241 
The project consists of demolishing existing switchboards and structural concrete pads;
decommissioning conduits and wire; and replacing all with new structural infrastructure,
conduits, wires, switchboards, and associated equipment. The switchboards will be upsized from
existing capacity of between 400 and 600 amps to 2000 amps for the smaller switchboards and
from 2500 Amps to 4000 Amps for the main switchboard for future capacity needs (e.g., EV
chargers, shore power). This project will not increase the electrical load at the site at this time. 
Scope of Work 
The following electrical equipment will be replaced: 
1.  Switchboard 4SP and 2SPN (service entry to site) 
2.  Switchboard 4W and 2W (wharf) 
3.  Switchboard 4P and 2P (NE side of Building A-1) 
4.  Switchboard EY4 (east side of Building A-1) 
5.  Switchboard SEY4 (lighting connection for east lot) 
6.  Switchboards EY4 and SEY4 will be consolidated with 4P and 2P in one location that has
better access. Additionally, this will eliminate a stormwater intrusion point at EY4. 
Site work: 
1.  Provide new conduits and conductors from Seattle City Light to new MIC main distribution
2.  Provide new conduits and conductors from new MIC main distribution switchgear to: 
a.  New electrical switchboard at Mooring Pier 
b.  New electrical switchboard at Wharf 
3.  Provide new electrical vaults. 

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

             COMMISSION AGENDA – Action Item No. 8e                                  Page 4 of 7 
Meeting Date: March 26, 2024 
Commission design authorization                                      October 11, 2022 
Design start                                                                October 21, 2022 
Commission authorization for major electrical equipment               March 28, 2023 
Commission authorization for additional electrical equipment           November 14,
procurement funds                                                 2023 
Commission construction authorization for Design-Build contract –      2024 Quarter 1 
this request 
Construction Start                                                       2025 Quarter 2 
In-Use Date                                                            2026 Quarter 1 
*Change in project delivery delays in-use date 4-6 months due to the time needed to prepare the
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) required for the Design-Build
procurement process. The schedule impact is accepted to mitigate key project risks using Design-
Cost Breakdown                                     This Request           Total Project 
Design                                                    $888,000             $1,738,000 
Electric Equipment Procurement – C801241                      $0            $3,610,000 
Construction                                             $7,060,000             $7,060,000 
Total                                                         $7,948,000            $12,408,000 

Previous authorizations included estimated design costs and procurement costs of the major
electrical equipment. This authorization includes all remaining funds for design and construction
as a Design-Build project delivery. Estimated Costs have increased on C801241 – MIC Electrical
Infrastructure Replacement project by 44% since the last authorization request.  Increases over
previous estimate are based on additional design work completed since the last authorization.
Additionally, while Design-Build is more efficient and mitigates construction risk, upfront costs
are often higher due to designer fee allowances, costs to develop the Basis of Design (BOD) and
the RFQ/RFP documents. Additionally, there are sunk costs in developing the current design to
60%. However, site conditions research and verification and design to the 60% level are valuable
tools that will be used as reference documents to inform and streamline a Design-Build
contractor’s development of the final design and construction approach to mitigate the risks
associated with operational impacts. 

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

             COMMISSION AGENDA – Action Item No. 8e                                  Page 5 of 7 
Meeting Date: March 26, 2024 
Alternative 1 – Defer the electrical replacement project: maintain the current state and delay
electrical upgrades and repairs. 
Cost Implications: 
Assuming a 6% escalation is applied to the project over the next four years delaying the project
would cost an additional $250,000 for each year it is delayed. Current maintenance has been
minimal, and the equipment cannot be safely worked on by Port Electricians; therefore, costs to
maintain are not included. 
(1)   Lower initial capital cost. 
(1)   The equipment cannot currently be serviced safely. 
(2)   The equipment is already in a state of advanced disrepair due to the proximity to
maritime environment and areas of stormwater intrusion. 
(3)   If the equipment fails, a long-term diesel generator will be required to provide power
to the tenants. This will impact air quality and cost significantly more over time, in large
part due to high fuel costs. 
(4)   Major electrical equipment is on order and would need to be stored long-term until
project is built. 
(5)   Does not allow for streamlining of design and construction of the of the project. Creates
more risk for change orders during construction. 
This is not the recommended alternative. 
Alternative 2 – Continue with electrical replacement project as a Design-Bid-Build project. 
Cost Implications: $1M 
(1)   Avoids delays to the project for 4 months necessary to transition the project to Design-
(2)   Advances Century Agenda goals of investing in maritime industries. 
(3)   Is initially less expensive. 
(1)   This alternative will be difficult to implement the needed conduit and vault system
replacement resulting in complex logistics and planning due to overlapping location of
with other projects, and operational constraints. 
(2)   Adds risk of expensive change orders during construction due to significant risks of
complex site conditions and severe operational constraints. 
This is not the recommended alternative. 

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

             COMMISSION AGENDA – Action Item No. 8e                                  Page 6 of 7 
Meeting Date: March 26, 2024 
Alternative 3 – Transition electrical replacement project to Design-Build project delivery. 
Cost Implications: $3.6M 
(1)   Advances Century Agenda goals and Maritime Division strategic goals. 
(2)   Upgrades and replaces degraded electrical infrastructure that is not safe to maintain
and does not meet current National Electrical Code (NEC) standards. 
(3)   Reduces potential construction escalation costs. 
(4)   Will provide for a stronger tenant experience by increasing power reliability and
(5)   Will provide for additional electrical capacity for additional future EV charging and
possible increased shore power. 
(6)   Streamlines construction logistics between for the electrical replacement and provides
construction risk mitigation due to complex site conditions and operational constraints. 
(7)   Minimizes operational impacts by having a Design-Build contractor engage earlier in the
project to plan the best construction methodology prior to construction. 
(1)   This alternative will have an initial higher upfront cost. 
(2)   Delays electrical project 4-6 months to transition the project to Design-Build. 
This is the recommended alternative. 
Cost Estimate/Authorization Summary 
COST ESTIMATE           Capital          Expense         Total 
Original estimate                        $1,500,000                  $0           $1,500,000 
Previous Changes - Net                 $7,090,000                  $0                  $7,090,000 
Current Change                       $3,818,000                $0                 $3,818,000 
Revised estimate                      $12,408,000                 $0         $12,408,000 
Previous authorizations                $4,460,000                 $0          $4,460,000 
• Design                       $850,000              $0          $850,000 
• Electrical Equipment
$3,610,000                  $0           $3,610,000 
Current request for
authorization                            $7,948,000                  $0          $7,948,000 
Total authorizations, including
this request                             $12,408,000                  $0          $12,408,000 
Remaining amount to be
authorized                                   $0                $0                 $0

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

             COMMISSION AGENDA – Action Item No. 8e                                  Page 7 of 7 
Meeting Date: March 26, 2024 
Annual Budget Status and Source of Funds 
This project was included in the 2024 Capital Plan under Maritime Industrial Center Electrical
Infrastructure Replacement (C801241) at an estimated total project cost of $7,179,000. The
additional cost of the project will be covered by the Maritime Management Reserve (C800002). 
This project will be funded by the General Fund. 
Financial Analysis and Summary 
Project cost for analysis       $12,408,000 
Business Unit (BU)            Maritime Portfolio Management, and 
Ship Canal Fishing & Commercial 
Effect on business            Annual depreciation will increase by approximately $414K
performance (NOI after      based on estimated 30-year service life, thereby reducing the
depreciation)                 NOI by the same amount. 
IRR/NPV (if relevant)          NA 
CPE Impact                  NA 
Future Revenues and Expenses (Total cost of ownership) 
This project will provide for reliable and resilient electrical power to the MIC facilities for the next
25-30 years. These upgrades will provide protection of Port assets and extend their useful life,
provide for additional future electrical capacity to support Port sustainability goals, and increase
economic development potential. Maintaining existing assets will preserve the economic vitality
of our operations and serve the Port, tenants, and their customers well by providing a safe and
sustainable working environment. 
(1)   Presentation slides 
October 11, 2022 – The Commission authorized design for design-bid-build. 
March 28, 2023 – The Commission authorized procurement of the electrical equipment for
November 14, 2023 – The Commission authorized additional funds for the electrical equipment
procurement in the amount of $1,810,000. 

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


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