The provisions of this article must be used to select design-builders for authorized projects that are constructed and owned, potentially owned, or ultimately owned by any agency.
(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 Design-Build Board established pursuant to section four of this article to determine whether a public project 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, 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 licensed in the State of West Virginia and 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 projects.
(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 section seven, article six of this chapter and this article.
(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-build project.
(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 for proposal.
(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 engineer 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 announcement.
(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 for proposals.
(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 for qualifications.
(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.
(b) An agency may not enter into a design-build contract for a public project unless:
(1) The Department of Administration promulgates and publishes legislative rules pursuant to section six of this article, and consistent with this article for the solicitation and award of design-build contracts and adheres to this article and those rules;
(2) The agency, for each public project or projects procured pursuant to this article, 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; and
(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 in section five of this article.
(c) When the Design-Build Board, established pursuant to section four of this article, is terminated pursuant to the Acts of the Legislature, 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.
(b) Terms of office are for three years, which are staggered in accordance with the initial appointments under prior enactment of this section, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term which it succeeds. Each member 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, the Governor shall fill the vacancy by an appointment within thirty days of the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term in the same manner as original appointments.
(c) The Board shall elect a chairperson and other necessary officers. The Board shall adopt rules for its procedures. Five members of the Board is a quorum. 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.
(b) Prior to 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;
(2) The agency requires a project design and construction time line that is faster than the traditional design-bid-build process would allow;
(3) The project requires close coordination of design and construction expertise or an extreme amount of coordination; (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 Joint Committee on Government and Finance, 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.
(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;
(4) The procedures for the preparation and contents of invitations for proposals;
(5) The procedures for preparing and submitting proposals;
(6) The procedures for evaluating proposals;
(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;
(8) The procedures for awarding and executing design-build contracts;
(9) The procedures for awarding design-build contracts in the event of public emergencies as defined in the applicable statutes; and
(10) The procedures for acting on formal protests relating to the solicitation or award of design-build contracts.
(b) Each design-builder may:
(1) Assign or sublet the responsibility for professional design services to an architect or engineer licensed in this state. The architect or engineer shall carry, at all times, professional design liability insurance in an appropriate amount as designated by the agency. The architect or engineer may be a full or part-time employee of the design-builder; and
(2) Assign or sublet responsibility for construction or other services requiring a contractor's license to persons or entities licensed or otherwise qualified to provide those services in this state.
(c) Each design-builder may contract to provide professional services or construction services to the agency that the design-builder is not licensed, registered or otherwise authorized to provide so long as those services are assigned or sublet to a firm that is registered, licensed and qualified to provide those services.
(b) 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. 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.
(c) The performance criteria developer and his or her employer, company, partners, joint venturers, affiliates or consultants may not submit a proposal to enter into the design-build contract and may not perform services under the design-build contract.
(d) The performance criteria developer may delegate the development of specific aspects of the design criteria to an architect or engineer licensed by this state and his or her employer, company, partners, joint venturers, affiliates or other consultants.
(b) The performance criteria developer shall review the program furnished by the agency to ascertain the requirements of the project and shall arrive at a mutual understanding of such requirements with the agency.
(c) Based on the mutually agreed-upon program, schedule and construction budget requirements, the performance criteria developer shall prepare for approval by the agency documents indicating the scale and relationship of project components.
(1) A descriptive narrative of the type, scope and size of the proposed work;
(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 engineers;
(F) Staffing capabilities;
(G) Current workload;
(H) Quality control and quality assurance policies and programs; 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 selection.
(1) The identity of the agency which will award the design-build contract;
(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 legislative rules promulgated pursuant to section six of this article and any specific requirements of the agency;
(3) The proposed terms and conditions for the design-build contract;
(4) The performance criteria;
(5) The description of the drawings, specifications or other 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 design-build contract;
(7) Budget limits for the design-build contract, if any;
(8) 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.
(b) The agency shall provide, as applicable, additional information to the design-builder, including, but not limited to, surveys, soils reports, drawings or information regarding existing structures, environmental studies, photographs or references to public records, or other pertinent information.
(b) Proposals may not be opened until expiration of the time established for making proposals as set forth in the invitation for proposals.
(c) The design-builder shall furnish a bid bond not to exceed five percent of the maximum cost of the design-build contract. 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 design-builder shall identify each firm to whom the design-builder proposes to sublet obligations under the design-build contract. At a minimum, the design-builder shall identify each firm responsible for the design and primary construction and their affiliation to the design-builder.
(e) 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.
(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 over.
(c) After receiving the proposals, the technical review committee shall evaluate and score the technical submissions based upon the criteria and procedures set forth in the invitation for proposals.
(d) 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 shall open the cost submissions and accept the proposal that receives the best score, as set forth in the legislative rules promulgated pursuant to section six of this article.
(f) The agency shall notify the design-builder in writing that its proposal was accepted. At the same time notice of acceptance is delivered, the agency shall also inform, in writing, the design-builders 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 scores and all other factors used or considered in the selection process.
The performance criteria developer shall assist the agency in determining whether the agency shall reject work which does not conform to the design-build contract.
The performance criteria developer shall assist the agency in conducting inspections, to determine the date or dates of substantial completion and of final completion, and shall review and approve, or take other appropriate action regarding the contractor's list of items to be completed or corrected, and shall forward the list to the agency for final disposition. The performance criteria developer shall issue to the agency a final certification in writing with respect to final acceptance of the project.
Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 32.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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