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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 7, 2004

City’s Enterprise Capital Improvement Program kicks off 2004

The City of Kansas City, Mo., opened its new Enterprise Capital Improvement Program office Jan. 5. Joining forces with MWH Americas Inc., and Burns & McDonnell, the City will expedite the completion of more than $200 million in work in the departments of Public Works, Water Services, and Parks and Recreation in the ECIP office.

The office, which is on the first floor of City Hall, is the headquarters for the ECIP team. The team includes employees from the seven firms and the various City departments assigned to the program. The team already has identified 70 high priority projects including street repairs, fire station remodels and sewer upgrades. In addition to MWH and Burns & McDonnell, the firms involved include Coover-Clark & Associates based in Denver; and Community Insights Inc., Hoffman Cortes Contracting Company, Taliaferro & Browne Inc., and Tshibanda & Associates all based in Kansas City, Mo.

City Manager Wayne Cauthen said the ECIP is designed to change the way the City works by streamlining systems and identifying efficiencies during project implementation.

“The ECIP will be a catalyst for future success in economic development, downtown revitalization, and local job growth,” Cauthen said. “Getting these projects into the construction phase will put people to work and let the citizens of our community see the benefits of the investment decisions they’ve already made.”

The contract with MWH was approved Dec. 18, and the ECIP team worked through the holidays to ensure a fast start.

“The staffs from the City and the consulting firms worked very hard over the past three weeks to get our office up and running,” said Michael Musgrave, project executive with MWH. “We expect that the citizens of Kansas City will see results in the very short term.”

In addition to fast-tracking existing projects, the ECIP team will develop a comprehensive management system to assist in the planning and development of all future capital improvement projects. When implemented, the plan will lower project costs and expedite projects which will allow for greater investment in the civic infrastructure. Most of the ECIP projects have been funded and are in various stages of development.

“The processes put in place by our integrated team will allow for lasting improvements for Kansas City after the consulting firms leave the project,” said Greg Graves, president and CEO of Burns & McDonnell.

For more information about the City’s Enterprise Capital Improvement Program, visit the program’s temporary Web page at www.kcmo.org/ecip, or send questions via e-mail to ecip@kcmo.org.

    
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