The Technical Services Building establishes momentum for the use of the progressive design-build project delivery method for multi-year redevelopment on BPA campus
VANCOUVER – Mortenson, a leading developer and design-builder in Oregon, along with Portland-based Opsis Architecture and California-based DGA Architects, celebrated the opening today of the Bonneville Power Administration Ross Complex Technical Services Building in Vancouver, commemorated by a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by BPA.
A critical component of BPA’s operations, the Technical Services Building supports maintenance, testing and repairs to maintain modern electronic transmission communications and controls. According to Thane Miller, architect and manager of the Ross Complex Redevelopment Program at BPA, the new facility will help avoid $85 million in upgrades to the 80-year-old building it is replacing, and it will contribute to savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in avoided lease costs.
Miller further credits the TSB project with establishing the momentum for BPA’s use of the progressive design-build project delivery method for its Ross Complex Redevelopment Program over the next several years.
“The TSB project is a significant pilot project, carving BPA’s path into the progressive design-build project delivery method,” said Miller. “This project is helping change the status quo within BPA’s procurement methods giving us additional tools for more collaborative contractual partnerships, and allowing us to realize improvements in the management of project resources and processes.”
“Through this program, we hope to bring a campus-like experience to BPA’s operations and staff, focusing on building and redevelopment of new and existing buildings,” added Miller.
The progressive design-build project delivery led by Mortenson for the TSB building integrated the use of prefabrication, which reduced two months from the construction timeline and gleaned a savings of more than $1 million on the overall budget.
“Prefabrication is one of the fastest growing practices in construction today, most notably for the shorter construction schedules and cost savings, both of which proved beneficial in this critical BPA facility,” said Mike Clifford, Mortenson vice president and general manager. “The decision to use prefabrication for the TSB project was the result of a collaborative and intentional process between BPA and all members of the progressive design-build project delivery team.”
Mortenson is a U.S.-based, top-20 builder, developer, and engineering services provider serving the commercial, institutional, and energy sectors. Mortenson’s expanding portfolio of integrated services helps its customers move their strategies forward, ensuring their investments result in high-performing assets. The result is a turnkey partner, fully invested in the business success of its customers. Founded in 1954, Mortenson has operations across the U.S. with offices in Chicago, Denver, Fargo, Iowa City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. For additional information, visit www.mortenson.com.
About Opsis Architecture
Based in Portland, Oregon, Opsis Architecture serves public and private clients through designs that elevate, sustain, and inspire. The firm is focused on honing the craft of architecture to find innovative design solutions that create positive change for clients, occupants, communities, and the planet.
Learn more at opsisarch.com.
About DGA Architects
DGA is one of California’s leading advanced firms specializing in the design of technical facilities for the advancement of the life sciences, technology, mission critical, healthcare and education.
Learn more at: https://www.dgaonline.com/
About Bonneville Power Administration
The Bonneville Power Administration is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale, carbon-free hydropower from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. BPA delivers this power to more than 140 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses within its service area. BPA also owns and operates more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to more than 300 customers. In all, BPA provides nearly a third of the power generated in the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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