OLYMPIA - Construction on the Port of Olympia’s East Bay development is behind schedule and likely won’t meet a “substantial completion” deadline of Nov. 8, port and city officials said Monday.
The port commission and Executive Director Ed Galligan met in executive session before Monday’s regularly scheduled commission meeting to discuss the delay, although Galligan said they made no decision regarding the contractor on the project. He did acknowledge that some of the work failed to pass muster with city inspectors. Galligan also said they will give the contractor “a week or two” before the port decides how it is going to proceed.
The contractor on the job is Stan Palmer Construction of Port Orchard, one of about nine construction companies that bid on the $4 million job to install utilities, roads, curbs, sidewalks, bike lanes and lighting for more than 13 acres, said Kevin Dragon, project manager for the port.
Stan Palmer Construction project manager John Zaratian could not be reached Monday.
At issue are some sections of sewer and stormwater pipe that did not meet city standards and need to be corrected, said Keith Stahley, the city’s community and planning development director.
As part of the city’s pipe inspection process, inspectors conduct a “TV test” by running a camera through pipe that is in the ground, looking for “valleys” that could prevent water from flowing, he said. “There were some areas that need to be revised,” he said, without being specific.
Dragon, too, acknowledged Monday that the contractor has fallen behind schedule and that the port has requested a “recovery” schedule about how they are going to get back on track, he said.
The port’s director of engineering, Rick Anderson, added that the port has requested updated construction schedules on “numerous occasions.”
“I don’t know how long the delay is going to be,” he said.
It wasn’t clear Monday how a delay in the infrastructure construction could affect other East Bay projects.
Other proposed projects include a three-story Hands-On Children’s Museum set for construction to begin next year and be complete by fall 2011. The building itself will cost about $10 million, and the city is buying the land for it from the port, a purchase expected to close this fall.
The LOTT Alliance also is building a new headquarters/education building nearby, which is expected to be finished in late spring or summer, and the port is working with private developer Tarragon of Seattle to develop some of the remaining property into residential units, office and retail space, a restaurant, retail or convention space and a hotel.
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