Texas Water Code
Sec. § 60.462
Contracts for Facilities: Construction Manager-at-risk


A district may award a contract to a construction manager-at-risk for the construction, rehabilitation, alteration, or repair of a facility provided that the construction manager-at-risk and the district follow the procedures prescribed by this section.


Before or concurrently with selecting a construction manager-at-risk, the district shall select or designate an engineer or architect who shall prepare the construction documents for the project and who has full responsibility for complying with Chapter 1001 (Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) or 1051 (Texas Board of Architectural Examiners; General Provisions Affecting Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers; Provisions Affecting Only Architects), Occupations Code, as applicable. If the engineer or architect is not a full-time employee of the district, the district shall select the engineer or architect in accordance with Section 2254.004 (Contract for Professional Services of Architect, Engineer, or Surveyor), Government Code. The district’s engineer, architect, or construction manager-agent for a project may not serve, alone or in combination with another, as the construction manager-at-risk.


The district shall provide or contract for, independently of the construction manager-at-risk, 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.


The district shall select the construction manager-at-risk in either a one-step or two-step process. The district shall prepare a request for proposals, in the case of a one-step process, or a request for qualifications, in the case of a two-step process, that includes general information on the project site, project scope, schedule, selection criteria, and estimated budget, the time and place for receipt of proposals or qualifications, as applicable, a statement as to whether the selection process is a one-step or two-step process, and other information that may assist the district in its selection of a construction manager-at-risk. The district shall state the selection criteria in the request for proposals or qualifications, as applicable. The selection criteria may include the offeror’s experience, past performance, safety record, proposed personnel and methodology, and other appropriate factors that demonstrate the capability of the construction manager-at-risk. If a one-step process is used, the district may request, as part of the offeror’s proposal, proposed fees and prices for fulfilling the general conditions.


If a two-step process is used, the district may not request fees or prices in step one. In step two, the district may request that five or fewer offerors, selected solely on the basis of qualifications, provide additional information, including the construction manager-at-risk’s proposed fee and its price for fulfilling the general conditions.


At each step, the district shall receive, publicly open, and read aloud the names of the offerors. At the appropriate step, the district shall also read aloud the fees and prices, if any, stated in each proposal as the proposal is opened. Not later than the 45th day after the date of opening the proposals, the district shall evaluate and rank each proposal submitted in relation to the criteria set forth in the request for proposals.


The district shall select the offeror that submits the proposal that offers the best value for the district based on the published selection criteria and on its ranking evaluation. 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.


If a fixed contract amount or guaranteed maximum price has not been determined at the time the 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 request for proposals or qualifications. The construction manager-at-risk shall deliver the bonds not later than the 10th day after the date the construction manager-at-risk executes the contract unless the construction manager-at-risk furnishes a bid bond or other financial security acceptable to the district to ensure that the construction manager-at-risk will furnish the required performance and payment bonds when a guaranteed maximum price is established.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 307, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2003.
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