Texas Water Code
Sec. § 60.463
Selecting Contractor for Construction Services Through Competitive Sealed Proposals


(a)

In selecting a contractor for construction, rehabilitation, alteration, or repair services for a facility through competitive sealed proposals, a district shall follow the procedures prescribed by this section.

(b)

The district shall select or designate an engineer or architect to prepare construction documents for the project. The selected or designated engineer or architect 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 as provided by Section 2254.004 (Contract for Professional Services of Architect, Engineer, or Surveyor), Government Code.

(c)

The district shall provide or contract for, independently of the contractor, 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, and shall identify them in the request for proposals.

(d)

The district shall select a contractor through competitive sealed proposals in either a one-step or two-step process. The district shall prepare a request for competitive sealed proposals, in the case of a one-step process, or a request for qualifications, in the case of a two-step process, that includes construction documents, selection criteria, project scope, schedule, 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 contractors may require to respond to the request. The district shall state in the request for proposals or qualifications, as applicable, the selection criteria that will be used in selecting the successful offeror. If a one-step process is used, the district may request, as part of the offerors proposal, proposed prices.

(d-1)

If a two-step process is used, the district may not request prices in the first step. In the second step, the district may request that five or fewer offerors, selected solely on the basis of qualifications, provide additional information, including proposed prices.

(e)

At each step, the district shall receive, publicly open, and read aloud the names of the offerors. At the appropriate step, the district shall read aloud the 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 published selection criteria.

(e-1)

Notwithstanding Subsection (e), if the district demonstrates 45 days is not sufficient time for thorough evaluation, the district may specify in the request for competitive sealed proposals a deadline, not later than the 90th day after the date of opening the proposals, to evaluate and rank each proposal submitted in relation to the published selection criteria.

(f)

The district shall select the offeror 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. The district and its engineer or architect may discuss with the selected offeror options for a scope or time modification and any price change associated with the modification. If the district is unable to negotiate a contract with the selected offeror, the district shall, formally and in writing, end negotiations with that offeror and proceed to the next offeror in the order of the selection ranking until a contract is reached or all proposals are rejected.

(g)

In determining best value for the district, the district is not restricted to considering price alone, but may consider any other factor stated in the selection criteria.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 307, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 513 (H.B. 769), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1330 (S.B. 1531), Sec. 9, eff. June 15, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1191 (H.B. 3785), Sec. 9, eff. June 19, 2009.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 427 (S.B. 1395), Sec. 14, eff. June 1, 2017.
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