Public Construction

Public Construction

Given the breadth of our municipal practice, we are regularly involved with the pre-design, design, construction, and maintenance of public works projects of many sizes and types. Bob Noe and Rachel Turpin lead our firm in this area. Our experience includes large and small street and sidewalk projects, water and sewer LIDs, waste water treatment plant reconstruction and expansion, acquisition and construction of several city halls, and much more.

A few representative examples of the firm’s experience include:

  • Titan Earthwork, LLC v. City of Federal Way. After a subcontractor struck a PSE powerline while excavating as part of a City of Federal Way intersection improvement project, the City’s general contractor sued the City seeking to recover the money that it paid to PSE as damages. We represented the City and prevailed at summary judgment. We also obtained an award of attorney fees in the City’s favor for having to defend against the lawsuit.
     
  • Town Center Developments. We were instrumental in the multi-million dollar property acquisitions and street improvements on SR 522 along the northern shore of Lake Washington, and assistance with multi-million dollar acquisitions and property assemblages for significant downtown redevelopment projects in Burien, Tukwila, and Kenmore.
     
  • Sound Transit Light Rail. We served as lead attorney for the City of Tacoma and the City of Tukwila on this $80,000,000 project which involved the construction of a 1.6 mile light rail line by Sound Transit in Tacoma, and over one mile of line and a light rail station in Tukwila. The project required development of multiple agreements for the use and occupancy of the public right of way for construction and operation of the light rail line and related relocation of public utilities.
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