Fry Creek Pump Station project gets help

The Aberdeen City Council voted Wednesday night to authorize Mayor Pete Schave to sign an amendment to the work HDR Engineering Inc. is doing for the Fry Creek Pump Station project.

The Fry Creek Pump Station, part of the North Shore Levee Project, is essential to helping local residents with flooding. On Friday, rain poured from a sky-wide spigot above Grays Harbor. The wind and the rain caused power outages across the county and flooded streets, according to The Daily World. It was Western Washington’s first potent storm of the season.

The pump station, once it’s built, will be able to pump 130,000 gallons per minute out of the west end of Aberdeen, The Daily World reported in July.

“(It will) help alleviate chronic flooding for our homeowners in both Aberdeen and Hoquiam,” Public Works Committee Chair Dee Anne Shaw said in July. “This capacity would fill an Olympic pool in five minutes. It could fill 51 bathtubs in one second. It would fill a 2,100 square-foot home — floor to ceiling — in a minute.”

The work associated with the amendment, which is the fifth one for the project, is “defined in the attached scope of work and has a not to exceed budget of $922,781,” according to the city council’s agenda. The funds are also in the city’s budget.

The city council voted to pass the request for Task Order No. 4 — Amendment No. 5 unanimously. There was no discussion beyond the reading of the report before the vote.

While the construction contract for $18 million was awarded in July to Quigg Bros. Inc., “Aberdeen’s Public Works Department entered into an agreement with HDR on Jan. 18, 2021 for plans, specifications and estimate development of the Fry Creek Pump Station,” according to the city council’s agenda.

“To date, this agreement has been amended four times to incorporate work not in the original scope,” the agenda states. Most recently, amendment No. 4, authorized in June, was executed to incorporate engineer of record support during construction.”

The source of funding is through grants secured with the Department of Commerce, Office of Chehalis Basin, Grays Harbor County and local matching funds if necessary.

The additional services HDR will provide, according to the amendment, include “project construction administration, construction field observation by providing a full time resident engineer, materials testing, and geotechnical assistance.

The scope of services includes five task areas with costs that total the $922,781 figure, according to HDR’s estimated fee for professional services in this amendment:

• Task 1400 — Residential engineering and materials — $526,657

• Task 1100 — Services during construction — $319,747

• Task 1500 — Geotechnical CM Services — $36,993

• Task 1000 — Project Management — $21,069

• Task 1300 — Construction field observation — $18,315

The figures shown are “provided only to show the city an approximate breakdown of estimated costs,” according to the agenda. “Expenses and sub-consultants will be billed at a 5% markup.”