The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center project has a new construction manager, provided for free by Lockheed Martin MSA.
The Richland Public Facilities District board agreed Monday at a special meeting to have John Koberg work directly with Reach staff on all aspects of construction for the project.
Koberg, who will remain a paid employee of Lockheed Martin, is being provided as a loaned executive, said John Herrig, attorney for the Richland facilities district.
Koberg, who attended Monday's meeting, said he has already started reviewing plans drawn up by Jones & Jones Architects of Seattle. He said he also visited the site of the proposed interpretive center in Columbia Park West on Monday.
Lisa Toomey, executive director for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, said Koberg's first assignment will be to help prepare for rebidding the first phase.
The first round of bids produced just one proposal, which was more than $1 million higher than the engineer's estimate.
Phase 1 involves building a road and extending utilities to the site where the center's main building would be constructed.
The facilities district board is meeting weekly on Mondays in August and will continue into September to help fast-track decisions to get the interpretive center project under construction.
What began five years ago as a concept for a $40.5 million center has been forced to trim the project down to about $12 million.
Rick Jansons told fellow facilities district board members Monday that he still wants to be assured that the project can be built and operated within its budget.
"My two goals are to build it in the black and operate it in the black. I don't want to move (ahead) until those questions are addressed," Jansons said.
The board's next meeting is 4 p.m. Monday in the Richland City Hall council chambers.
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