Texas Water Code
Sec. § 60.460
Design-build Contracts for Facilities


(a)

A district may award a design-build contract for the construction, rehabilitation, alteration, or repair of a facility provided that the contracting district and the design-build firm follow the procedures provided by this section.

(b)

The district shall designate an engineer or architect independent of the design-build firm to act as its representative for the duration of the work on the facility. If the districts engineer or architect is not a full-time employee of the district, the district shall select the engineer or architect as provided by Section 2254.004 (Contract for Professional Services of Architect, Engineer, or Surveyor), Government Code.

(c)

The district shall prepare a request for qualifications that includes general information on the project site, project scope, budget, special systems, selection criteria, and other information that may assist potential design-build firms in submitting proposals for the project. The district shall also prepare a design criteria package that includes more detailed information on the project. If the preparation of the design criteria package requires engineering or architectural services that constitute the practice of engineering within the meaning of Chapter 1001 (Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors), Occupations Code, or the practice of architecture within the meaning of Chapter 1051 (Texas Board of Architectural Examiners; General Provisions Affecting Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers; Provisions Affecting Only Architects), Occupations Code, those services shall be provided in accordance with the applicable law. An engineer shall have responsibility for compliance with the engineering design requirements and all other applicable requirements of Chapter 1001 (Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors), Occupations Code. An architect shall have responsibility for compliance with the requirements of Chapter 1051 (Texas Board of Architectural Examiners; General Provisions Affecting Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers; Provisions Affecting Only Architects), Occupations Code.

(d)

The district shall evaluate statements of qualifications and select a design-build firm in two phases:

(1)

In phase one, the district shall prepare a request for qualifications and evaluate each offerors experience, technical competence, and capability to perform, the past performance of the offerors team and members of the team, and other appropriate factors submitted by the team or firm in response to the request for qualifications, except that cost-related or price-related evaluation factors are not permitted. Each offeror must certify to the district that each engineer or architect who is a member of its team was selected based on demonstrated competence and qualifications, in the manner provided by Section 2254.004 (Contract for Professional Services of Architect, Engineer, or Surveyor), Government Code. The district shall qualify a maximum of five offerors to submit additional information and, if the district chooses, to interview for final selection.

(2)

In phase two, the district shall evaluate the information submitted by the offerors on the basis of the selection criteria stated in the request for qualifications and the results of any interview. The district may request additional information regarding demonstrated competence and qualifications, considerations of the safety and long-term durability of the project, the feasibility of implementing the project as proposed, the ability of the offeror to meet schedules, costing methodology, construction cost, engineering and architectural design, or other factors as appropriate. The district shall rank each proposal submitted on the basis of the criteria set forth in the request for qualifications. The district shall select the design-build firm that submits the proposal offering the best value for the district on the basis of the published selection criteria and on its ranking evaluations. The district shall first attempt to negotiate a contract with the selected offeror. If the district is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the selected offeror, the district shall, formally and in writing, end negotiations with that offeror and proceed to negotiate with the next offeror in the order of the selection ranking until a contract is reached or negotiations with all ranked offerors end.

(e)

Following selection of a design-build firm under Subsection (d), that firms engineers or architects shall complete the design, submitting all design elements for review and determination of scope compliance to the district or the districts engineer or architect before or concurrently with construction.

(f)

The district shall provide or contract for, independently of the design-build firm, the inspection services, the testing of construction materials, and the verification testing services necessary for acceptance of the facility by the district. The district shall select those services for which it contracts in accordance with Section 2254.004 (Contract for Professional Services of Architect, Engineer, or Surveyor), Government Code.

(g)

The design-build firm shall supply a signed and sealed set of as-built construction documents for the project to the district at the conclusion of construction.

(h)

A payment or performance bond is not required for, and may not provide coverage for, the portion of a design-build contract under this subchapter that includes design services only. If a fixed contract amount or guaranteed maximum price has not been determined at the time a design-build contract is awarded, the penal sums of the performance and payment bonds delivered to the district must each be in an amount equal to the project budget, as specified in the design criteria package. The design-build firm shall deliver the bonds not later than the 10th day after the date the design-build firm executes the contract unless the design-build firm furnishes a bid bond or other financial security acceptable to the district to ensure that the design-build firm will furnish the required performance and payment bonds when a guaranteed maximum price is established.

(i)

The district shall pay an unsuccessful design-build firm that submits a response to the districts request for additional information on engineering or architectural design under Subsection (d)(2) the stipulated amount of up to one-half of one percent of the final contract price for any reasonable costs incurred in preparing that proposal. After payment of the stipulated amount, the district may make use of any design contained in the proposal, including the technologies, techniques, methods, processes, and information contained in the design. The use by the district of any design element contained in an unsuccessful proposal is at the sole risk and discretion of the district and does not confer liability on the recipient of the stipulated amount under this section. The methodology for computing the stipulated amount must be stated in the request for additional information under Subsection (d)(2).

(j)

The district may use a design-build firm to assist the district in obtaining a permit necessary for a facility, but the district is responsible for obtaining the permit.

(k)

A successful design-build firm shall not be eligible for another design-build contract with the district for a period of 12 months after the date the successful design-build firms contract has been completed if:

(1)

the successful design-build firms contract value exceeds $5 million; or

(2)

the design-build firm is awarded design-build contracts by a district that total more than $5 million in a 12-month period.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 307, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2003.
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