Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station project is currently on track
June 9, 2015
The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, located in south Bellevue, is one of five existing stations in King County’s solid waste handling system. This project will replace and expand the existing station on the same site. Design on this project began in 2010 for this approximately $90 million project. Oversight of this project is important to ensure that the new station can be constructed while the existing station remains operational and that the new station provides improved service levels, such as shorter wait times for self-haul customers. Building on recommendations from a related performance audit in 2011, the transfer station should be appropriately sized to meet forecast growth in the waste stream while keeping project costs from adding to projected rate increases.
The most recent oversight report, in June 2015, found the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station project on track. Construction of the station is on schedule and that the Solid Waste Division forecasts finishing it within the $93.6 million appropriated for the project. The division could enhance visibility into project spending by adding information on contingency and contract allowance usage to the quarterly construction reports provided to the County Council.
Prior reports on this project are found below.
Of the 4 recommendations:
|DONE||3||Recommendations have been fully implemented. Auditor will no longer monitor.
|PROGRESS||0||Recommendations are in progress or partially implemented. Auditor will continue to monitor.
|OPEN||0||Recommendations remain unresolved. Auditor will continue to monitor.
|CLOSED||1||Recommendation is no longer applicable. Auditor will no longer monitor.|
Current project summary
The Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station (Factoria RTS) project to build an 80,000 square foot solid waste facility replacing the existing station is proceeding well, and risks are currently under control. Presently under construction, Factoria RTS was selected to be a mandatory phased appropriation project in 2010. The Solid Waste Division (SWD) is using it to pilot baseline and earned value management procedures for its capital program.
Construction began two months later than the baseline target date, but SWD is forecasting the facility will open on schedule. They expect to open the new transfer station building to the public by March 2016 and the household hazardous waste building by November 2017.
There have been no additional scope changes since the four revisions approved by the County Council in 2014 by Ordinance 17832.
There have been no changes in the estimated cost of Factoria RTS since Ordinance 17832 increased the appropriations to $93.6 million to cover the forecast total. The estimated cost at completion is approximately $4.8 million higher than the baseline cost estimate, including the scope revisions approved in 2014.
SWD is following best practices in risk management and all identified risks are currently under control. We are continuing to monitor risks relating to water handling and earthwork during construction and the potential for scope changes resulting from an upcoming transfer station system update.
We make a new recommendation to improve the information available on Factoria RTS project costs in the quarterly construction reporting provided to the County Council.
Prior oversight reports
Tina Rogers and Tom Wood conducted this work. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the King County Auditor's Office at 206-477-1033 or contact us by email KCAO@kingcounty.gov.