In support of his view that the City of Kingman should use a design-build approach to deliver the Kingman Crossing project, City Council member Travis Lingenfelter had retired Mohave County officials Nic Hont and John Timko lead what ended up being a 75 minute presentation at the July 18 Kingman City Council meeting.

Timko, who headed up the county Finance Department for more than a decade, said he, Hont and Lingenfelter were recommending use of a new quarter-cent sales tax levy to pay off bonds that could be used to finance the Kingman Crossing Interstate 40 interchange, estimated at about $30-million. Timko took it a step further, inviting consideration of doubling the proposed levy to a half-cent to generate revenue sufficient for simultaneous development of the Crossing as well as the Rancho Santa Fe I-40 interchange to the east.

Timko noted pursuit of both projects at the same time could net the benefit of efficiency and economies of scale and draw support, and possibly a bigger funding commitment from the State Transportation Board. Timko said the community desperately needs both projects and that it’s time to “bite the bullet”, fund the initiative and move forward.

Hont, who headed up Development Services for the county, provided a comprehensive report on the advantages of employment of the design-build alternative approach, as opposed to the staff recommended traditional design-bid-build method. He explained design-build creates synergy and reduces conflict because the designer and builder are together from the start, rather than separated by a number of months or more as would occur in a traditional approach.

Hont also noted design-build brings effective and guaranteed cost control while a traditional approach almost always leads to change orders and cost escalation. Hont drew some rebuttal, however, when he said that design-build is also less expensive and faster than the design-bid-build option.

“My experience here is that if we go design-build it’s going to take additional time and cost additional money,” countered City Engineer Greg Henry.

Hont respectfully disagreed while noting area design-build success stories such as ADOT’s widening of Highway 68 more than 15 years ago, as well as Mohave County’s still relatively new Administration Complex and Adult Detention Facility.

It appears the Council could make a decision as to design-build or design-bid-build later this summer, possibly next month. Meantime, during its July 18 meeting, the Council also passed another Kingman Crossing related resolution endorsed by staff and Mayor Monica Gates.

The non-binding resolution essentially authorizes City Manager John Dougherty and City Attorney Carl Cooper to take basic, initial steps in moving forward with the Kingman Crossing project. Those steps could involve discussions with developers, Kingman Regional Medical Center, ADOT and others. Dougherty, Cooper, Mayor Gates and council members David Wayt and Stuart Yocum would lead a subcommittee whose members might also include Hont, Timko and others.