At the May 28/14 Board meeting, ratepayers Jon Scott and Ron McKenzie presented the NSSWD Board with an alternate contracting model, the Design Build Contract. The Board, being well aware of this contract delivery model, considered their input, but still felt that a Fixed Price Contract is the most suitable and cost effective contact model for the District. This model is also a requirement of the Royal Bank, who will be financing this project.
At a special meeting held on July 25/14 at the NSSWD office, Mr. McKenzie, Stantec Engineering Consultants and IDL Projects presented a hastily developed alternative design and suggested that we should terminate our relationship with Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL), who are currently in the midst of preparing the Detailed Design, and allow them control of the project by way of a design build contract. They stated that they felt they could save on the cost of the treatment plant using this contract model although the District would lose direct control of the costs.
The Board would like to reiterate our faith in our Consulting Engineers, KWL, and the current process of a fixed price contract based on a comprehensive Detailed Design, and constructed by a Prime Contractor with all the requisite skills to be the best choice for our ratepayers.
The Board of Trustees feels that the loss of control of the project, by way of a design build contract, for only the possibility of savings is not worth the risk. These apparent cost savings, can only be based on this team’s very limited knowledge of the site constraints, existing facilities and, in particular, the operational considerations of the District. We believe that if this team were to be privy to all the pertinent information that KWL and NSSWD have regarding this project, there is a strong likelihood that they would come to the same design conclusions that we have.
Therefore the Board feels that their current course of action is the responsible choice and the one that meets the approval of the majority of ratepayers.