House Bill 2592 History
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Enrolled Version - Final Version
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
H. B. 2592
(By Delegates Beane, Spencer, Cann and Michael)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization]
[February 24, 2005]
A BILL to amend and reenact §
, §5-22A-3, §5-22A-4, §5-22A-
5, §5-22A-6, §5-22A-7, §5-22A-8, §5-22A-10, §5-22A-11, §5-22A-
12 and §5-22A-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as
amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new
section, designated §5-22A-9a, all relating to the
Design-Build Procurement Act; defining certain terms;
providing for reimbursement of expenses of members of Design-
Build Board; modifying the duties and responsibilities of the
Design-Build Board; modifying requirements for approval of
design-build projects; clarifying that authority to enter into
design-build contracts terminates when board terminates;
providing for monthly progress reports on design-build
projects; requiring annual reports to the Legislature;
revising rulemaking authority and requirements; modifying
requirements for performance criteria developers; prohibiting agency employees from serving as performance criteria
developers except in certain circumstances; establishing
requirements for issuing invitations for qualifications and
invitations for proposals; providing for selection of
qualified design-builders; revising proposal requirements;
providing for separate evaluation of technical submissions and
cost submissions; providing for board approval of technical
submissions; and providing for continuation of the board.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
, §5-22A-3, §5-22A-4, §5-22A-5, §5-22A-6, §5-22A-
7, §5-22A-8, §5-22A-10, §5-22A-11, §5-22A-12 and 5-22A-15 of the
Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted;
that said article be amended by adding thereto a new section,
designated §5-22A-9a, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 22A. DESIGN-BUILD PROCUREMENT ACT.
For the purpose of this article:
(1) "Agency" means all state departments, agencies,
authorities, quasi-public corporations and all political
subdivisions, including cities, counties, boards of education and
public service districts and the individual representatives of the
agency appointed to oversee or supervise the project.
(2) "Board" means the
review design-build board established
pursuant to section four of this article to determine whether a public project can be constructed under the design-build method of
construction satisfies the requirements of this article.
(3) "Design-build" is defined as providing responsibility
within a single contract for design, construction or alteration of
a building or buildings, together with incidental approaches,
structures and facilities to be constructed,
where in which
services within the scope of the practice of professional
engineering or architecture, as defined by the laws of the State of
West Virginia, are performed by an engineer or architect duly
registered licensed in the State of West Virginia and where in
which services within the scope of construction contracting, as
defined by the laws of the State of West Virginia, are performed by
a contractor qualified and licensed under the applicable statutes.
The design-build method of construction may not be used for any
other construction projects, such as highway, water or sewer
(4) "Design-build contract" means the contract between an
agency and a design-builder to furnish the architecture,
engineering, and related services as required, for a given public
project, and to furnish the labor, materials and other construction
of services for the same public project. A design-build contract
may be conditional upon subsequent refinements in scope and price,
and may permit the agency to make changes in the scope of the
project without invalidating the design-build contract.
(5) "Design-builder" means the entity, whether natural person,
partnership, joint venture, corporation, professional corporation,
business association or other legal entity, that proposes to design
and construct any public project governed by the procedures of
article six, section seven, article six of this chapter and this
(6) "Firm" means any individual, firm, partnership,
corporation, limited liability company, limited liability
partnership, association, joint venture or other legal entity
permitted by law to practice engineering, architecture or
construction contracting in the State of West Virginia.
(7) "Invitation for proposals" means the document or
publication by which an agency solicits proposals for a design-
(8) "Invitation for qualifications" means the document or
publication by which an agency solicits a statement of
qualifications from potential design-builders in order to select
three to five design-builders to respond to the agency's invitation
(9) "Performance criteria" means the requirements for the
public project, including as appropriate, aesthetics, capacity,
durability, production standard, ingress and egress requirements or
other criteria for the intended use of the public project,
expressed in performance-oriented drawings and specifications suitable to allow the design-builder to make a proposal.
(10) "Performance criteria developer" means an architect or
duly registered in accordance with licensed under the laws
of this state and, if applicable, the architect's or engineer's
employer, company, partners, joint venturers, affiliates or
subcontractors retained by the agency to develop performance
criteria and to serve as the agency's technical advisor.
(11) "Project" means that project described in the public
(12) "Proposal" means an offer to enter into a design-build
contract, as further defined in this article.
(13) "Qualified design-builder" means one of the three to five
design-builders selected by the agency to respond to the invitation
"Request for proposals" means the document or publication
whereby an agency solicits proposals for a design-build contract.(14) "Responsive proposal" means a proposal that scores a
minimum of seventy points out of a possible one hundred points in
the qualitative evaluation.
(15) "Statement of qualifications" means descriptive
information or other data submitted by a design-builder indicating
its ability to satisfy the requirements set forth in the invitation
(16) "Substantial completion" means the stage in the progress of the work when the work or designated portion thereof is
sufficiently complete in accordance with the design-build contract
so the agency can occupy or utilize the work for its intended use.
(17) "Technical review committee" means the group of
individuals who have education and experience in the design,
construction, operation, administration, and finance requirements
of the project and users of the project selected by the agency to
review, evaluate and score the statement of qualifications and
invitation for proposal.
(18) "Work" means the design, construction and services
required by the design-build contract, whether completed or
partially completed, and includes all other labor, materials,
equipment and services provided or to be provided by the design-
builder to fulfill the design-builder's obligations. The work may
constitute the whole or a part of the project.
§5-22A-3. Public policy; conditions for contract.
(a) Recognizing that the design-bid-build method provides a
viable delivery method for public projects, it is
also the public
policy of this state to permit an agency to enter into design-build
contracts for public projects.
(b) An agency may not enter into a design-build contract for
a public project unless:
(1) The Department of Administration
or appropriate governing
body, prior to issuing requests for proposals, promulgates and publishes legislative rules consistent with this article for the
solicitation and award of design-build contracts and shall adhere
adheres to this article and those rules;
(2) The agency, for each public project or projects procured
pursuant to this article,
must determine determines that it is in
the best interest of the public to enter into a design-build
contract to complete the public project or projects and adheres to
this article and the rules;
(3) The board established pursuant to section four of this
article determines that the public project is appropriate as a
design-build project utilizing the mandatory criteria as provided
for in section five of this article.
(c) As of the termination date of the board established
pursuant to section four of this article, no agency may enter into
a design-build contract: Provided, That agencies may pursue and
complete any design-build projects approved by the board prior to
its termination date.
Design-build board and members; appointments; expense
; authority to propose
There is hereby created The design-build board and shall
be is continued within the Department of Administration and is
composed of the following nine members who are to be appointed by
the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate: Two contractors licensed in the State of West Virginia; one architect
licensed in the State of West Virginia; and one professional
engineer licensed in the State of West Virginia; the Secretary of
the Department of Administration, ex officio; one representative
from labor; and three other members of the public at large.
Members of the board are not entitled to compensation for services
performed as members. A member may be reimbursed for actual and
necessary expenses incurred for each day in which he or she is
engaged in the discharge of official business, in accordance with
rules promulgated pursuant to section eleven, article three,
chapter twelve of this code and travel management policies adopted
by the Department of Administration. Each member of the board must
shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation required
pursuant to section five, article IV of the Constitution of West
Within thirty days of the effective date of this section,
the governor shall make the initial appointments to the design-
build board. Of the initial appointments to the board, four will be
for a term ending two years after the effective date of this
section and four for a term ending three years after the effective
date of this section. Thereafter, Members shall be appointed for
three-year terms, which are staggered in accordance with the
initial appointments under prior enactment of this section. Terms
of office are for three years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term which it succeeds. Each
member will hold holds office from the date of his or her
appointment or until his or her successor qualifies for office.
When a vacancy occurs as a result of death, resignation or removal
in the membership of the board, it must the Governor shall fill the
vacancy be filled by an appointment within thirty days of the
vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term in the same manner as
The board must meet within thirty days of the initial
appointments to the board at a time and place to be determined by
the governor, who must designate a member to preside at that
meeting until a chairman is elected. At its first meeting, The
board shall elect a chairman chairperson and such other necessary
officers. as are necessary The board shall within ninety days after
its first meeting adopt rules for its procedures. Five members of
the board constitute is a quorum. Except as may otherwise be
provided in this section, a A majority of the total membership is
necessary to act at all times. Meetings of the board shall be held
upon the call of the Secretary of the Department of Administration,
the call of the chairperson or the call of any two members of the
board: Provided, That the board shall meet at least four times each
calendar year and all meetings of the board must be held in
accordance with the open governmental proceedings act as set out in
article nine-a, chapter six of this code.
(d) The board shall promulgate rules to carry out the purposes
of this article. Any rules adopted by the board prior to the first
day of October, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, are exempt
from the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this
code: Provided, That the board shall file a copy of any rule so
exempted from the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code
with the legislative rule-making review committee created pursuant
to section eleven, article three of said chapter prior to the
thirtieth day of November, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine.§5-22A-5. Duties of board to approve and monitor projects.
(a) Upon receipt of information that an agency wants to pursue
the design-build method of project delivery, the board, with the
administrative support of the Secretary of the Department of
Administration, shall notify the agency that failure to comply with
the requirements of this article is a violation of state law. The
board shall notify the Secretary of the Department of
Administration of any agency knowingly proceeding without meeting
the requirements of this article.
(b) Prior to
allowing an agency to enter into design-build
contracts for an agency issuing an invitation for qualifications
for public projects, the board must determine that the public
project is appropriate as a design-build project in accordance with
all of the following:
(1) The agency has the appropriate legal authority to enter into a design-build contract;
(1) (2) The agency requires a project design and construction
time line that is faster than the traditional design-bid-build
process would allow;
(2) (3) The project requires close coordination of design and
construction expertise or an extreme amount of coordination; and
(3) (4) The agency requires early cost commitments;
(5) The agency provides a written plan for funding the project
including, but not limited to, the funding necessary to pay for
design services and construction costs; and
(6) The agency has completed and submitted a written
application for approval to the board and requested a meeting with
the board to present its request for approval from the board.
(c) Upon project approval under subsection (b) of this
section, the agency shall submit to the board monthly reports
detailing the progress of the approved project. The reports shall
continue until the start of construction to ensure that the agency
has complied with any requirements established by the board in its
approval of the project. If any requirement is not satisfied, the
board may withdraw its approval of the project at any time prior to
the start of construction. If the board withdraws its approval, the
agency may not proceed with the project as a design-build project
until the requirements set forth in the board's approval and the
requirements of this article are met, as determined by the board.
(d) On or before the first day of January of each year, the
board shall file an annual report with the Legislature, and a copy
of the report with the Legislative Librarian, setting forth a
description of the projects approved during the preceding year,
including copies of monthly monitoring reports submitted to the
board pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.
The Department of Administration shall
adopt propose rules for
legislative approval pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-
nine-a of this code and consistent with this article for the award
of design-build contracts, Any rules so adopted by the department
of administration prior to the first day of October, one thousand
nine hundred ninety-nine, are exempt from the provisions of article
three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code: Provided, That the
department of administration shall file a copy of any rule so
exempted from the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code
with the legislative rule-making review committee created pursuant
to section eleven, article three of said chapter prior to the
thirtieth day of November, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine.
The rules must consist of, but not limited to: which provide, at a
(1) The procedures to select or designate a performance
criteria developer and prepare performance criteria;
(2) The application process for approval of a design-build project;
(3) The procedures for selecting the most qualified design-
builders prior to the release of the invitation for proposals;
(2) (4) The procedures for the preparation and contents of
requests invitations for proposals;
(3) (5) The procedures for preparing and submitting
(4) (6) The procedures for evaluating proposals;
(5) (7) The procedures for negotiations between the agency
and those submitting proposals prior to the acceptance of a
proposal, if any such negotiations are contemplated;
(6) (8) The procedures for awarding and executing design-
(7) (9) The procedures for awarding design-build contracts in
the event of public emergencies as defined in the applicable
(8) (10) The procedures for acting on formal protests
relating to the solicitation or award of design-build contracts.
§5-22A-7. Design-builder qualifications; duties and powers.
(a) Each design-builder
must shall be duly licensed and
registered to do business in this state and be a licensed architect
or engineer or a general contractor.
(b) Each design-builder
must may: have the following rights
The design-builder must assign Assign or sublet the
responsibility for professional design services to a firm an
architect or engineer duly licensed and registered to provide
professional design services in this state. The firm architect or
engineer must shall carry, at all times, professional design
liability insurance in an appropriate amount as designated by the
agency. This professional The architect or engineer may be a full
or part-time employee of the design-builder; and,
The design-builder must assign Assign or sublet
responsibility for construction or other services requiring a
contractor's license to persons or entities duly registered,
licensed or otherwise qualified to provide those services in this
(3) The design-builder may contract with the agency (c) Each
design-builder may contract
to provide professional services or
construction services to the agency that the design-builder is not
itself licensed, registered or otherwise authorized to provide so
long as those services are assigned or sublet to a firm that is a
member of the design-build team and is registered, licensed and
qualified to provide those services.
§5-22A-8. Development of performance criteria.
request invitation for proposal must contain
performance criteria prepared by an architect or engineer duly
registered in accordance with licensed under the laws of this state, referred to as the "performance criteria developer." If the
performance criteria developer is not an employee of the agency,
then The performance criteria developer may not be an employee of
the agency. The agency shall select the performance criteria
developer in accordance with the requirements of article one,
chapter five-g of this code, and shall retain the performance
criteria developer through final completion of the project to
monitor adherence to the performance criteria.
the The performance criteria developer and his or her
employer, company, partners, joint venturers, affiliates or
consultants are disqualified from submitting may not submit a
proposal to enter into the design-build contract and the design-
builder will not be permitted to delegate may not perform services
under the design-build contract. to the performance criteria
developer or its consultants. The performance criteria developer
must be retained by the agency through final completion of the
project to monitor adherence to the performance criteria.
(b) (c) The performance criteria developer may be an employee
of the agency, and to the extent allowed by law may delegate the
development of specific aspects of the design criteria to an
architect or engineer duly registered with licensed by this state
and his or her employer, company, partners, joint venturers,
affiliates or other consultants. If the performance criteria
developer is not an employee of the agency, the performance criteria developer in accordance with the requirements of article
one, chapter five-g of this code.
(d) The agency may use its own employees to determine whether
the agency should seek to construct a project using the design-
build method of construction.
(e) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the
agency may use an employee as its performance criteria developer on
projects for which construction costs are estimated to be one
million dollars or less.
Invitation for qualifications; selection of design-
(a) The agency shall publish an invitation for qualifications
which provides, at a minimum:
(1) A descriptive narrative of the type, scope and size of the
(2) The evaluation criteria for selecting the three to five
qualified design-builders; and
(3) A request for descriptive information or data supporting
a design-builder's claim to be able to perform the work, including,
but not limited to:
(A) Licensing, insurance and evidence of good standing with
the State of West Virginia and the agency;
(B) Bonding ability;
(C) Experience and technical expertise;
(D) History of past performance;
(E) Qualifications, experience and licenses of key management
and professional staff including contractors, architects and
(F) Staffing capabilities;
(G) Current workload;
(H) Quality control and quality assurance policies and
(I) Safety record, including employee modification rating for
the past three years.
(b) The agency shall review the statements of qualifications
and select not fewer than three nor more than five of the most
qualified design-builders to participate in the invitation for
proposals. If fewer than three design-builders are determined to
be qualified, the agency shall seek approval of the design-build
board to continue with the selection process.
(c) The agency shall make the results of the selection
available to the design-builders within ten working days of the
Solicitation of Invitation for proposals.
Proposals must be solicited from not less than three design-
builders. A request for proposal must be prepared for each design-
build contract and shall consist of, but not be limited to:
(a) The agency shall prepare an invitation for proposals for the qualified design-builders, which must provide at a minimum:
(1) The identity of the agency which will award the design-
(2) The procedures to be followed for submitting proposals,
the criteria for evaluation of proposals and their relative weight,
and the procedures for making awards, including a reference to the
requirements of this article, the rules promulgated
to this article and any regulations pertaining to specific
requirements of the agency;
(3) The proposed terms and conditions for the design-build
(4) The performance criteria;
(5) The description of the drawings, specifications or other
submittals information to be submitted with the proposal, with
guidance as to the form and level of completeness of the drawings,
specifications or submittals that will be acceptable;
(6) A schedule for planned commencement and completion of the
(7) Budget limits for the design-build contract, if any;
Design-builder qualifications Requirements or restrictions
for the subletting of specific portions of the design-build
contract, if any; and
(9) Requirements for performance bonds, payment bonds,
insurance, professional liability insurance and workers' compensation coverage: Provided, That no officer or employee of
this state or of any public agency, public authority, public
corporation, or other public entity, and no person acting or
purporting to act on behalf of such officer or employee or public
entity shall require that any performance bond, payment bond, or
bid bond required or permitted by this section be obtained from any
particular surety company, agent, broker, or producer.
The request for proposals may include any other
information that the agency, at its discretion, chooses to supply,
The agency shall provide, as applicable, additional information to
the design-builder, including, but not limited to, surveys, soils
reports, drawings or models of information regarding existing
structures, environmental studies, photographs or references to
public records, or other pertinent information.
Notice of requests for proposals must be advertised as
prescribed by the procedures utilized by the purchasing division
pursuant to article three, chapter five-a of this code.§5-22A-11. Proposals.
(a) Proposals shall be submitted in two separate, clearly
identified, sealed packages, with the first containing the
technical submission and the second containing the cost submission.
If the technical submission and cost submission are not submitted
in two separate, clearly identified sealed packages, the board
shall disqualify the submission.
must be sealed and may not be opened until
expiration of the time established for making proposals as set
forth in the request invitation for proposals.
Requests for proposals must require and be accompanied by
The design-builder shall furnish
a bid bond not to exceed five
percent of the maximum cost of the design-build contract. as
established by the proposal In the event the proposal is accepted
and the design-builder fails to execute the design-build contract,
the bid bond will be forfeited.
(d) To the extent required in the invitation for proposal, the
request for proposal must design-builder shall identify each firm
to whom the design-builder proposes to sublet obligations under the
design-build contract. At a minimum, each proposal must the design-
identify each firm responsible for the design and
primary construction and their affiliation to the design-builder.
Proposals must establish a The design-builder shall
specify in the proposal the cost of the design-build contract that
will not be exceeded if the proposal is accepted without change.
After award of the proposal, the maximum cost of the proposal may
be converted to fixed prices by negotiated agreement between the
agency and the design-builder.
(f) Prior to the award of the design-build contract, all
drawings, specifications and other information submitted in the
proposal shall remain the property of the design-builder submitting the proposal. Additionally, prior to the award of the design-build
contract, the agency shall maintain the secrecy and confidentiality
of all information contained in the proposal. Once a proposal is
accepted, the disclosure of the proposal and the information in the
proposal, and the ownership of the drawings, specifications and
information therein, shall be determined in accordance with
existing law and the terms of the design-build contract.
(g) Proposals may not be amended during the review process.
(h) At the discretion of the agency, a stipend may be paid to
the design-builders not ultimately selected.
§5-22A-12. Acceptance of design-build proposal.
Proposals must be submitted to the purchasing division or
agency, as applicable. The design-builder shall submit the proposal
to the agency as required in the invitation for proposals.
Clarifications may be required to ensure conformance of proposals
with the performance criteria. In seeking clarifications, the
performance criteria developer may not reveal any aspect of any
proposal to any other design-builder. The performance criteria
developer must certify each proposal in regard to compliance that
the proposal complies with the performance criteria. No proposal or
design-build contract may be accepted unless the purchasing
division or agency, as applicable, determines that there was
adequate competition for the contract.(b) In the event the agency receives fewer than three proposals, the board shall, in consultation with the Secretary of
the Department of Administration, determine whether the agency may
proceed or shall start the invitations for qualifications process
(c) After receiving
and evaluating all proposals submitted the
proposals, the technical review committee shall evaluate and score
the technical submissions based upon the criteria and procedures
set forward forth in the request invitation for proposals.
, the purchasing division or The agency shall submit the
technical submissions, including the scores of the technical
submissions, to the board. The agency shall make the scores of the
technical submissions available for public review.
(e) The board shall ascertain that the technical submissions
comply with the requirements of this article and shall notify the
agency of its approval. The agency
as applicable, must shall open
the cost submissions and accept the proposal that receives the best
score, as set forth in the legislative rules provided for in
section six of this article.
Acceptance of a proposal shall be The agency shall notify
by written notice to the design-builder which submitted the
accepted proposal in writing that its proposal was accepted. At the
same time notice of acceptance is delivered, the purchasing
division or agency, as applicable agency shall also inform, in
writing, the nonsuccessful design-builders that their whose proposals were not accepted. When a design-builder receives
notification that its proposal was not accepted, the design-builder
may, within three days after receipt of such notification, request
in writing a copy of the best score scores and all other factors
used or considered in the selection process.
§5-22A-15. Continuation of board.
The design-build board shall continue to exist, pursuant to
the provisions of article ten, chapter four of this code, until the
first day of July, two thousand
ten eight, unless sooner
terminated, continued or reestablished, pursuant to the provisions
of that article. ten, chapter four of this code."