Randolph Construction Services, Inc.
1992 Saint Street, Richland, WA 99354
Phone: (509) 545-5404
Randolph Keeping the Nation Safe
Randolph has been involved with the design, construction, and deployment of radiation detection systems at various locations across the country in support of the Department of Homeland Security through Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The goal of the Radiation Portal Monitor Project (RPMP) is to detect and interdict nuclear and radioactive materials at all U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ports of entry to prevent weapons of mass destruction from crossing our borders.
Randolph has supported the RPMP program since 2004, performing more than $14 million in deployments across the United States including seaports in Miami, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Seattle, Charleston, New York, New Jersey and Stanton Island, as well as JFK and Dulles international airports. The RPMP projects are ongoing efforts that involve initial site investigation, design, construction and deployment of RPMs at various seaports across the country where local port authorities are either unwilling or unable to perform the work directly.
The physical deployment of these systems includes placing CBP detection equipment on port authority property, in the truck exit areas of a commercial terminal operator who must maintain commerce at or above current volume throughout the duration of the project, Because there are multiple stakeholders with varying levels of interest in each deployment ,each projectís success depends upon our ability to bring all the parties together to ensure they are in agreement and willing to cooperate with us and with one another.
After developing a conceptual layout for deployment with various stakeholders, Randolph conducts an initial site investigation to ascertain the overall deployment (design and infrastructure construction) strategy for the RPM systems. The site work involves underground utilities, electrical and communications cabling, foundations and placement of GFE technologies. Randolph interviews and pre-qualifies engineering firms experienced in seaport site and terminal design and construction activities; prepares an RFP for the design work, manages the bid process, prepares a comprehensive bid evaluation report and proposal to prepare a detailed deployment design. Randolph then manages the design and coordinates the process to integrate all the stakeholders' concerns and successful operation. Randolph performs multiple organized design and constructability reviews during the engineering phase. Randolph then prepares an RFP and repeats the process for the construction activities. Randolph places a construction manager on site throughout the physical construction process.
Maintaining stakeholder cooperation throughout all phases of the project design and construction is the most challenging aspect of the program. With a focus on communication and resourcefulness, Randolph works with the highest level of authority and also at the operations level to ensure stakeholders concerns are addressed. In the end, the CBP officers and exit gate operators must have a mutually operable system.
The RPM program is a rapid deployment process with constant technological evolution. Our flexibility, in design and construction management, enables the program's evolution to continue while maintaining schedule and budget allowances. Randolph works directly with the research staff and engineers to facilitate the most feasible implementations of these evolutions in a continuous design build process.
During the construction phase, the most common issue is maintaining safe construction operations without impeding commerce. Even with detailed safety and traffic management planning, we handle these aspects of the project on a day-to-day basis to ensure success. Our schedules are prepared in a critical path method with "float activities" that can be performed when traffic, weather, or other unexpected delays occur. Using this approach has enabled Randolph to deliver shorter deployment construction times than what is typical for others executing similar projects.