Defining Public Works
Public works is defined as all work, construction, alterations, repairs or improvements other than ordinary maintenance executed at the cost of the Port. All public works, including maintenance when performed by contract, shall comply with the prevailing wage laws.
The public works laws cannot be waived and are liberally construed to provide security for all parties intended to be protected by its provisions.
Public Works $300,000 or more
All contracts for work meeting the definition of “public work” in RCW 39.04.010, the estimated cost of which exceeds three hundred thousand dollars, shall be awarded using a competitive bid process. The contract must be awarded at public bidding upon notice published in a newspaper of general circulation in the district at least thirteen days before the last date upon which bids will be received, calling for bids upon the work, plans and specifications for which shall then be on file in the office of the commission for public inspection. The same notice may call for bids on such work or material based upon plans and specifications submitted by the bidder.
Public Works under $300,000
For all contracts related to work meeting the definition of “public work” in RCW 39.04.010 that are estimated at three hundred thousand dollars or less, a port district may let contracts using the small works roster process under RCW 39.04.155 in lieu of advertising for bids.