A $20 million contract with the Army Corps of Engineers means a Richland engineering and construction management company may double its work force.
With Hanford layoffs, that is good news for the Tri-City job market, said Colette Steinwert, president of RC Engineering and Construction Management.
The Corps awarded a five-year cost engineering contract of up to $20 million to RC Engineering and Construction Management this week.
Steinwert said the Richland firm already is hiring. She expects to double her 27 employees, depending on how the contract goes.
The Walla Walla District is considered the cost engineering center of expertise for the Corps nationwide, said Tracy Wickham, the Corps' supervisor of contract specialists. The Corps provides cost estimates for the Department of Energy and other government entities.
And while some of that work is done by the Corps' cost engineers, he said they also contract with firms such as RC Engineering and Construction Management. The Corps will award three more contracts to businesses for cost engineering.
The agency whose project the cost estimates are for will pay for the services it uses, Wickham said.
The service helps governments make better decisions on projects, and can mean a quicker turn around because the Corps already has the contract in place, he said.
RC Engineering and Construction Management was one of the top firms in the pool of contractors, Wickham said. The Corps wanted to award the contract specifically to a small business and hopes it will help the company grow.
Steinwert said she has been told to expect a lot of work and hopes that being so close to the Corps will mean she will be able to help with more projects.
RC Engineering and Construction Management, started in 2007, offers construction management in the environmental and civil industries. Cost engineering is part of that, she said.
In the past year and a half, Steinwert said the business has grown from five employees to 27. They have moved into a Richland office at 245 Torbett St., which was a Round Table Pizza before the company remodeled it.
It's a big win for the company because it's work is outside of Hanford, she said. The company does some work for Hanford contractors.
For more information, or to apply for the open positions, go to www.rc-cs.com.