Pasco aquatics facility may use design-build process

The regional board proposing an aquatics facility and water park in west Pasco likely will use a design-build process if the project moves forward.

That process -- also used for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and Wine Science Center, both planned in Richland -- involves seeking architect-contractor teams to create proposals based on a set of project features and requirements. The Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District Board on Wednesday approved advertising for a project manager to coordinate the first phase, which would include seeking approval from the state Capital Projects Advisory Review Board.

The request for qualifications is expected to go out at the end of the week.

If the aquatics center proposal fails in the Aug. 6 primary, the board will be able to rescind the request before the responses are due.

If it passes, the board will have gained some extra time for the development and construction process, officials said.

"We want to be ready to move quickly once the vote is taken," said Kennewick Mayor Steve Young, vice president of the regional board, during Wednesday's meeting. "We're trying to get ahead of the game."

The aquatics project is dependent on voters approving a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick.

Ballots go out next week.

If the public signs off, the aquatics attraction will be built on 13 acres off Sandifur Parkway. The indoor section would be open year-round, with features including a 25-meter-by-25-yard competition pool, a multipurpose training pool, diving boards, slides, activity and leisure pools, a surf simulator and a river channel.

The outdoor section, open seasonally, would have features such as slides, a wave/leisure pool, river channel and volleyball and sand play area.

The facility also would have parking, changing rooms, viewing areas and concessions.

Details: www.tcpfd.org.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald