FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 24, 2006
CIMO breaks construction records in 2005
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Capital Improvements Management Office made record strides in 2005 in addressing the City’s capital projects backlog.
CIMO ended 2005 with 117 projects under construction and 135 projects in design. The two-year-old group beat its stated goals of 100 projects under construction and 70 projects in design for 2005 and doubled its 2004 totals.
Since its inception in January 2004, CIMO has released more than 170 City infrastructure contracts with a value of more than $280 million.
“CIMO’s success in 2005 stems back to our dedication to the people of Kansas City and our willingness to challenge the status quo,” said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. “We’ve made substantive changes to the way business is done in City Hall, and we’re seeing the results of those changes. These numbers serve as a testament to an innovative management approach, project delivery techniques and, more importantly, to the drive and ability of City staff.”
CIMO focused on improved business practices as well as expedited construction in 2005. The group streamlined the bidding process, which increased the rate at which projects moved from the drawing table to the street. In addition, CIMO strove to provide opportunities to contractors throughout the city, which decreased payment processing time to improve contractor cash flow and increased the number of minority-owned and woman-owned businesses taking part in City capital improvement projects. CIMO approved more than $40 million in contracts with minority-owned or woman-owned businesses in 2005, which is a significant increase from its stated goal.
The Capital Improvements Management Office was formed in 2004 by Cauthen and Mayor Kay Barnes to complete $250 million in backlogged capital projects. CIMO, a private-public partnership including MWH Global and Burns & McDonnell, rose to the challenge and streamlined project delivery and eventually oversaw $1.2 billion of capital improvement projects.
Those projects range from neighborhood stormwater improvements to high-profile construction projects like the of the Sprint Center arena.
A graphic representation of these achievements can be found on CIMO’s Web site (www.kcmo.org/cimo).