Bow Hill Way Station Project, Stage II

Burlington, Washington

Owner: Washington State Department of Transportation

Client Name: Lakeside Industries

Engagement Scope

The Sutor Group was engaged by Lakeside to evaluate cost impacts incurred on this project by both Lakeside and its dirt subcontractor, R.J. Lampers Construction. Based on our findings, which were complete in June 1989, a total combined impact for both Lakeside and R.J. Lampers of $510,000 was indicated.

Project description

This was the second stage of two stage project for the Department of Transportation. The first stage was performed by Tiger Construction and involved construction of a scale house and inspection building. State II, which was this project, was bid by Lakeside and involved clearing, grubbing, excavation, gravel borrow embankment, drainage, grading, surfacing asphalt, cement concrete, erosion control, guardrail, pavement markings, and illumination. Basically, Lakeside's work entailed all the site work, grading and paving work, that was necessary to bring the structures that were built under Stage I of the improvement project into operation.

Entitlement issues

Differing site conditions were encountered on the project during clearing and grubbing operations. Soils conditions as specified in the soils reports were substantially different than those encountered at the project site. The soils conditions encountered at the site were not well drained soils, but water saturated soils with high clay content. There was also a differing site conditions with respect to the depth of organic materials found on the surface of the project soils. Lakeside and Lampers had extensive difficulties with surveying references which were provided by the Department of Transportation.

Type of impacts

Additional labor and equipment costs resulting from inefficiencies caused by adverse soil conditions. Disruption caused by surveying errors. Additional costs relating to unsuitable foundation material which required removal and placement in embankment with suitable material. Extended contract performance costs for field office overhead, equipment and home office overhead resulting from a 280-calendar delay.