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September 15, 1997

Local News

City chooses NSD to oversee construction of police station

  by Andrew Walgamott
   BOTHELL--Last week, the city council chose the Northshore School District to oversee project management of Bothell's new downtown public safety facility. "We think we have a team that will be sensitive to the community and bring in the project on budget, on or under schedule," Rick Kirkwood, city manager said.
   Northshore's capital facilities team, headed by Dan Vaught, will act as manager and city representative while the police station, 911 call center, Emergency Operations Center and municipal court undergoes construction. The district will act as the day-to-day contact with architectural and engineering teams during the design phase, and with the building contractor during construction.
   The city interviewed five candidates for management services. Qualifications sought included "experience in the construction of governmental projects." The council made the decision to go with Northshore with "enthusiasm," Kirkwood said. He termed the capital facilities group an "excellent team."
   The facility is expected to be finished in 1999.
   Northshore will be recompensed $150,000 for their services, though the council added an extra $15,000 in case of unforeseen expenses raised costs to the district. Northshore's Board of Directors still must approve the district's participation in the project.