The Washington State Convention Center expansion group announced Friday it has discontinued its relationship with Skanska-Hunt, the joint venture team made up of Skanska USA Building Incorporated and Hunt Construction Group, that was hired last year to build the $1.4 billion project in Seattle.
Matt Griffin, managing partner at Pine Street Group, the Seattle company that's managing the development, said in a statement that after six months of working with Skanska-Hunt, the team determined "they are not the right fit for this project."
"We were never able to get the swing, with the contractor, the architect and us, we were never able to get the swing,” Griffin said. “It was on a recommendation from us, because we’re the ones on the front lines of things.”
According to a news release, all existing construction subcontractor agreements will be honored. Griffin added Skanska-Hunt was under a preconstruction contract, which allowed the convention center to sever its partnership without penalty.
Griffin said he believes the $1.4 billion development cost for the WSCC Addition will hold.
Skanska and Hunt Construction Group were selected to build the expansion located between Pine and Howell streets and Ninth and Boren avenues. Skanska officials in a statement said the decision of the WSCC board to sever ties is "shocking and tremendously disappointing."
"We have operated in a professional manner consistent with our corporate values and in the best interest of the Washington State Taxpayers who will ultimately fund this $1.4B project," the statement said. "The services, which we have provided WSCC, are consistent with the manner in which we have delivered similar projects for the cities of San Francisco, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Jose, Seattle and others over the past decade."
A request for qualifications is expected to be submitted in about a month, he said, and then likely take another month to six weeks to settle on a new contractor.
Source: Capitol Hill Times