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Capital Projects Advisory Review Board

Location Information

Contact Staff

Nancy Deakins, P.E.
Assistant Program Director
Dept. of Enterprise Services
(360) 407-9333
Talia Baker
Administrative Assistant
Dept. of Enterprise Services
(360) 407-8260

The 2005 Legislature created the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) under ESHB 1830 (RCW 39.10) to review alternative public works contracting procedures and provide guidance to state policymakers on ways to further enhance the quality, efficiency and accountability of public works contracting methods. CPARB and many stakeholders contributed to significant changes to RCW 39.10 that the 2007 Legislature enacted.

Information Sheet

Governor's Boards & Commissions - CPARB Info

Legislation of Interest

  • SB 5464 - Establishing the WA Investment Trust (CPARB supports the intent of this bill) - No further activity this session
  • HB 2726 - Public-Private Partnership for Alt Public Works Contracts - No further activity this session

Current Meeting Information

Next Meeting - May 10, 2018
Location: Presentation Room @ 1500 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia
Agenda - Pending
Minutes: February 8, 2018 - Pending
Legislation of Interest:  Please email submissions to
CPARB Bylaws - Pending Final Approval

2018 Meeting Schedule

All 2018 CPARB meetings will be in the Presentation Room at 1500 Jefferson
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • December 13

CPARB Recruitment

PRC Recruitment

Current Committees

Training Opportunity

Member Information

Bylaws, Guidelines & Reports

Through extensive stakeholder involvement with committees, CPARB has:

  • Recommended 18 public works bills to the Legislature that address quality, efficiency, and accountability of traditional and alternative public works contracting, of which 12 passed into new law:
  • Major and minor improvements to alternative public works contracting, RCW 39.10:
    • Design-Build (DB), including allowing “progressive design-build” selection with price factors without designs submitted
    • General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM), including allowing an alternative selection process for mechanical and electrical subcontractors, adding heavy civil project procedures, and addressing protests
    • Job Order Contracting (JOC), including increasing work order limit to $350k, increasing annual limits to $6M for King Co. and DES, and adding public bodies that can use the process
  • Responsible bidder criteria (added mandatory criteria into law and provided guidelines for using Supplemental bidder responsibility criteria) RCW 39.04.350
  • Timely processing & payment of undisputed claims (change orders) RCW 39.04.360
  • Increasing Small Works Roster project dollar limits & added provisions for small business
  • Performed studies and publish reports for the Legislature and Other's Use.
  • Discussed various improvements including: Small Business Opportunities, Responsibility/Eligibility, Job Order Contracting, Reauthorization, Heavy Civil GC/CM, and Life Cycle Cost Analysis & Energy Efficiency, Integrated project delivery and Best Value methods, ECCM/MCCM Best Practices
Sunset Reviews by JLARC: 2013 & 2021 (expiration years, so sunset review typically takes place ~ 1 year before this.)

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