Kittitas County (hereinafter the “County”), has hereby issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from interested and qualified engineering firms to develop preliminary site selection and engineering plans for a new solid waste and recycling facility.  The proposed facility will provide adequate transfer and recycling capacity for waste and recycling material generated within Kittitas County.

The Ellensburg transfer station was constructed in 2000 and processed approximately 25,000 tons of solid waste in 2014.   In addition, the facility handled approximately 60,000 customers in 2014 (garbage trucks and self-haulers).

The County has a contract with Waste Management Inc. to operate, transfer, and dispose of material dropped off at the facility.

The objective of this RFP is to retain the services of a qualified engineering team to perform preliminary engineering services to locate a suitable site and develop a new transfer station. The site selection is to include both land already owned by the County and other suitable locations within the Ellensburg area.  The facility must meet requirements detailed in WAC 173-350-310 and any other applicable federal, state, or local requirements.

Submit statements of qualifications and performance data to Kittitas County Commissioners office at 205 W 5th Ave., Suite 108, Ellensburg, WA  98926.

For more information, contact Solid Waste

Firms are encouraged to submit annually a statement of qualifications and performance data.

Kittitas County shall evaluate current statements of qualifications and performance data on file with the agency, together with those that may be submitted by other firms regarding proposed projects. Following the evaluation, the county invites one or more firms to meet with county officials to discuss the project and the relative benefits of various methods of providing the desired services. The county then selects from among those firms the one “most highly qualified” to provide the required services. County procedures and guidelines are to include a plan to ensure that women, minority and veteran-owned firms and minority (WMBE) firms have the maximum opportunity to compete for the contract. The level of WMBE firm participation should be consistent with their availability within the relevant professional community. Counties are not to consider cost when determining which firm is the most highly qualified.

After choosing the most qualified firm, the county then negotiates with that firm for a contract at a price the county determines is fair and reasonable, considering the estimated value of the services to be rendered, as well as the scope and complexity of the project. If a satisfactory contract cannot be negotiated, the county formally terminates the negotiations with that firm and attempts to negotiate a contract with the next most qualified firm. The process continues until an agreement is reached or the search is terminated.

In emergency situations, the process outlined above for procuring architectural or engineering services maybe dispensed with upon a finding by the county that an emergency requires the immediate execution of the work involved.

All submittals shall become the property of Kittitas County.

Kittitas County reserves the right to reject all submittals and re-advertise if necessary.