East Bay Regional Park District Honored with Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting

Greenville, S.C. – May 1, 2019 – Gordian, the leading provider of facility and construction cost data, software and expertise, announced today that East Bay Regional Park District received the 2018 Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting for the Las Trampas Water Tank Replacement project. The honor for exemplary use of Job Order Contracting (JOC) included recognition of both East Bay Regional Park District and local contractor Mark Scott Construction due to collaboration throughout the complex $750K project.

Located in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, the Las Trampas Water Tank is the main water supply and fire suppression source for nearby properties and residential neighborhoods. The 60,000-gallon redwood tank was leaking, costing the District money and posing a safety issue for the surrounding areas.

Due to the logistical challenges of this project, the District turned to their Gordian Job Order Contracting program and awarded JOC contractor, Mark Scott Construction. The collaboration of the District and Mark Scott Construction allowed the demolition and rebuild of the new 60,000-gallon steel bolted tank to be completed in seven months, despite difficult terrain and fire and rainy seasons.

In addition to awarding East Bay Regional Park District the Award of Excellence, judges, comprised primarily of former award winners, named the following five Award of Merit Winners for demonstration of Job Order Contracting best practices:

Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility – Cell Blocks TI

Agency: San Diego County

Contractor: Harborside Construction

The Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility was faced with a large influx of inmates from another detention facility. The County needed to refresh the dilapidated Kearny Mesa Facility to be able to transfer and house up to 150 occupants within six months. Improvements included asbestos abatement, new flooring installation, new furniture and doors, restroom renovations and security cameras for the dormitories and common areas. Because of the compressed schedule and large scope of work, Job Order Contracting was chosen as the optimal project delivery method. The project was completed 30 days ahead of schedule and $31,124 under the approved budget.

Ocean Beach Sandbags Placement

Agency: San Francisco Public Works

Contractor: Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc.

The Great Highway in San Francisco was faced with an erosion issue due to the combination of winter storms and “king tides.” The waves ate away at the bluff next to the highway until an exposed manhole toppled over, destroying a catch basin and stormwater pipe. The collaborative nature of the Joint Scope Meeting allowed San Francisco Public Works and their awarded JOC contractor, Yerba Buena Engineering, to determine the best way to mitigate the erosion in the bluff. The flexibility, pricing transparency and the collaborative nature of JOC contributed to the project’s success.

Apache Village Heating and Cooling Failure

Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)

Contractors: Clark Contractors Inc., IB Abel, Lobar Associates

The DMVA was looking for a permanent solution to stabilize and repair the deteriorated hot/cold closed-loop system that fed water for cooling and heating in multiple building systems. Job Order Contracting was chosen because of the program’s flexibility and rapid response. The JOC team was able to ensure that base operations and readiness was maintained, while quickly identifying and recommending an alternative solution to the agency’s initial emergency reaction plan.

Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) Renovations     

Agency: Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs

Contractor: IMCOR

The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs needed to quickly update an existing, outdated two-pipe heating and cooling system with a modern four-pipe system. The new system would increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption, facilitate individual room temperature controls and ultimately result in operational cost savings. The upgrades needed to comply with stringent on-site security protocols, and the flexibility of Job Order Contracting allowed IMCOR to complete this project within the aggressive timeline.

Tucson International Airport C Gates Addition

Agency: Tucson Airport Authority

Contractor: SD Crane Builders, Inc.

City of Tucson leaders partnered with Allegiant Airlines to provide the city with a new, low-cost airport terminal addition. The Tucson Airport Authority chose to use the Arizona State Job Order Contracting program because it provided quick and accurate procurement of the project. The terminal was completed on time and on budget, allowing Allegiant Airlines to begin providing low-cost flights to and from Tucson. The new terminal has had a major impact on the city’s economic growth and tourism.

About the Awards

The Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting is an annual award recognizing innovative uses of Job Order Contracting. Judging was conducted by a panel of Job Order Contracting experts and past award winners from all facets of the industry. Projects submitted were judged on their adherence to Job Order Contracting principles, innovation, complexity, special circumstances and overall time and cost savings. To be eligible, projects had to be completed in 2018. Nominations were submitted by agency owners or contractors. The award program is named for Harry H. Mellon, the creator of Job Order Contracting and co-founder of Gordian. Job Order Contracting is a competitively-bid procurement process used by building and infrastructure owners to save time and money by fast-tracking repair, renovation and alteration projects based on locally priced construction tasks and competitively awarded contracts.