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R33. Administrative Services, Purchasing and General Services.

Rule R33-5. Construction and Architect-Engineer Selection.

As in effect on July 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R33-5-101. Purpose and Authority.

As required by Sections 63G-6-501, 63G-6-504(2), 63G-6-506 and 63G-6-601, this rule contains provisions applicable to:

(1) selecting the appropriate method of management for construction contracts, that is, the contracting method and configuration that will most likely result in timely, economical, and otherwise successful completion of the construction project.

(2) establishing appropriate bid, performance, and payment bond requirements including criteria allowing for waiver of these requirements.

(3) governing appropriate contract provisions.

R33-5-102. Application.

The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all procurements of construction which are estimated to be greater than $50,000. Procurement of construction expected to be less than $50,000 shall be made in accordance with Section R33-3-3 (Small Purchases) except bid, performance and payment bonds shall be required unless waived in accordance with Section R33-5-355 (Waiver of Bonding Requirements on Small Projects).

R33-5-201. Methods of Construction Contract Management.

(1) Application. This section contains provisions applicable to the selection of the appropriate type of construction contract management.

(2) Flexibility. It is intended that the Procurement Officer have sufficient flexibility in formulating the construction contract management method for a particular project to fulfill the needs of the procuring agencies. In each instance, consideration commensurate with the project's size and importance should be given to all the appropriate and effective means of obtaining both the design and construction of the project. The methods for achieving the purposes set forth in this rule are not to be construed as an exclusive list.

(3) Selecting the Method of Construction Contracting. In selecting the construction contracting method, the Procurement Officer should consider the results achieved on similar projects in the past and the methods used. Consideration should be given to all appropriate and effective methods and their comparative advantages and disadvantages and how they might be adapted or combined to fulfill the needs of the procuring agencies.

(4) Criteria for Selecting Construction Contracting Methods. Before choosing the construction contracting method to use, a careful assessment must be made by the Procurement Officer of requirements the project must satisfy and those other characteristics that would be desirable. Some of the factors to consider are:

(a) when the project must be ready to be occupied;

(b) the type of project, for example, housing, offices, labs, heavy or specialized construction;

(c) the extent to which the requirements of the procuring agencies and the ways in which they are to be met are known;

(d) the location of the project;

(e) the size, scope, complexity, and economics of the project;

(f) the amount and type of financing available for the project, including whether the budget is fixed or what the source of funding is, for example, general or special appropriation, federal assistance moneys, general obligation bonds or revenue bonds, lapsing/nonlapsing status and legislative intent language;

(g) the availability, qualification, and experience of State personnel to be assigned to the project and how much time the State personnel can devote to the project;

(h) the availability, experience and qualifications of outside consultants and contractors to complete the project under the various methods being considered.

(5) General Descriptions.

(a) Use of Descriptions. The following descriptions are provided for the more common contracting methods. The methods described are not all mutually exclusive and may be combined on a project. These descriptions are not intended to be fixed in respect to all construction projects of the State. In each project, these descriptions may be adapted to fit the circumstances of that project. However, the Procurement Officer should endeavor to ensure that these terms are described adequately in the appropriate contracts, are not used in a misleading manner, and are understood by all relevant parties.

(b) Single Prime Contractor. The single prime contractor method is typified by one business, acting as a general contractor, contracting with the state to timely complete an entire construction project in accordance with drawings and specifications provided by the state. Generally the drawings and specifications are prepared by an architectural or engineering firm under contract with the state. Further, while the general contractor may take responsibility for successful completion of the project, much of the work may be performed by specialty contractors with whom the prime contractor has entered into subcontracts.

(c) Multiple Prime Contractors. Under the multiple prime contractor method, the State or the State's agent contracts directly with a number of specialty contractors to complete portions of the project in accordance with the State's drawings and specifications. The State or its agent may have primary responsibility for successful completion of the entire project, or the contracts may provide that one of the multiple prime contractors has this responsibility.

(d) Design-Build. In a design-build project, a business contracts directly with the State to meet the State's requirements as described in a set of performance specifications. Design responsibility and construction responsibility both rest with the design-build contractor. This method can include instances where the design-build contractor supplies the site as part of the package.

(e) Construction Manager. A construction manager is a person experienced in construction that has the ability to evaluate and to implement drawings and specifications as they affect time, cost, and quality of construction and the ability to coordinate the construction of the project, including the administration of change orders. The State may contract with the construction manager early in a project to assist in the development of a cost effective design. The construction manager may become the single prime contractor, or may guarantee that the project will be completed on time and will not exceed a specified maximum price. This method is frequently used on fast track projects with the construction manager obtaining subcontractors through the issuance of multiple bid packages as the design is developed. The procurement of a construction manager may be based, among other criteria, on proposals for a management fee which is either a lump sum or a percentage of construction costs with a guaranteed maximum cost. If the design is sufficiently developed prior to the selection of a construction manager, the procurement may be based on proposals for a lump sum or guaranteed maximum cost for the construction of the project. The contract with the construction manager may provide for a sharing of any savings which are achieved below the guaranteed maximum cost.

(f) Sequential Design and Construction. Sequential design and construction denotes a method in which design of substantially the entire structure is completed prior to beginning the construction process.

(g) Phased Design and Construction. Phased design and construction denotes a method in which construction is begun when appropriate portions have been designed but before design of the entire structure has been completed. This method is also known as fast track construction.

R33-5-220. Selection Documentation.

The Procurement Officer shall include in the contract file a written statement, describing the construction contracting method chosen and the facts and conclusions which led to the selection of that method. The statement shall demonstrate that the State's requirements and resources, and the various groups of potential contractors were appropriately considered in making the selection.

R33-5-230. Single Prime Contractor: Use with Sequential Design and Construction.

When a single prime contractor is used with the sequential design and construction method, comprehensive plans and specifications that are precise enough shall be prepared to allow prospective prime (general) contractors to submit a competitive sealed bid. The prime contractor awarded the contract shall be responsible for the coordination of the specialty subcontractors and for the timely completion of the project at the price specified in the contract. The architect-engineer, the State project manager, and, if used, the construction manager shall monitor the progress of the project and otherwise represent the State's interest as required by contract.

R33-5-231. Single Prime Contractor: Use with Phased Design and Construction.

A single prime contractor may be used with the phased design and construction method. Under this approach, the State will let contracts for early construction phases to specialty contractors and when the plans and specifications are sufficiently complete to allow bids to be made will let the major project contract to a prime contractor. If the State finds it administratively and economically advantageous, the State may transfer or assign to the prime contractor the administration of the specialty contracts it let earlier.

R33-5-232. Single Prime Contractor: Contractual Provisions.

The rights, duties, and responsibilities of the State representatives, the architect-engineer, prime contractor(s), and, if applicable, the construction manager and any specialty contractors awarded projects with the State shall be carefully detailed in contracts. If phased design and construction is used, administration of ongoing specialty contracts let before the prime contract will have to be transferred or assigned to the prime contractor. The terms of this assignment or transfer (including the duties of the State to ensure that the specialty contractors are at a certain point of completion at the time of assignment), what liability to the specialty contractors remains with the State after assignment, if any, and what duties and responsibilities the prime contractor has with respect to the assigned specialty contractors shall all be set forth in the specialty contracts and the contract with the prime contractor.

R33-5-240. Multiple Prime Contractors: Use with Sequential Design and Construction, and with Phased Design and Construction.

(1) Multiple prime contractors may be used with sequential design and construction by splitting the plans and specifications into packages pertinent to recognized trade specialties. The State may undertake to manage and coordinate the project's work or contracts with a construction manager. The contracts may provide that responsibility for successful completion of the entire project rests with the State, the State's agent, or one of the multiple prime contractors. The contracts shall specify where this responsibility shall rest.

(2) Multiple prime contractors may be used with phased design and construction only when the architect-engineer's work is closely coordinated with the specialty contractors' work. Under this method, the specialty contractors shall contract directly with the State or with its construction manager.

R33-5-241. Multiple Prime Contractors: Contractual Provisions.

Whenever multiple prime contractors are used, the contract between the State and each prime contractor shall:

(1) state the scope of each contractor's responsibility.

(2) identify when the portions of its work are to be complete.

(3) provide for a system of timely reports on progress of the contractor's work and problems encountered.

(4) specify that each contractor is liable for damages caused other contractors and the State whether because of delay or otherwise.

(5) clearly delineate in all the parties' contracts the duties and authority of the State representative, the architect-engineer and, if one is employed, the construction manager with respect to the specialty contractors.

These contract clauses may not relieve the State of liability if it fails to properly coordinate and manage the project.

R33-5-251. Design-Build or Turnkey: Contractual Provisions.

The contract documents shall:

(1) delineate clearly the State's rights to inspect plans and specifications, and the construction work in progress.

(2) indicate precisely what constitutes completion of the project by the contractor.

R33-5-260. Construction Manager: Use.

(1) The State may contract with the construction manager early in a project to assist in the development of a cost effective design. The construction manager may become the single prime contractor, or may guarantee that the project will be completed on time and will not exceed a specified maximum price. This method is frequently used on fast track projects with the construction manager obtaining subcontractors through the issuance of multiple bid packages as the design is developed. The procurement of a construction manager may be based, among other criteria, on proposals for a management fee which is either a lump sum or a percentage of construction costs with a guaranteed maximum cost. If the design is sufficiently developed prior to the selection of a construction manager, the procurement may be based on proposals for a lump sum or guaranteed maximum cost for the construction of the project. The contract with the construction manager may provide for a sharing of any savings which are achieved below the guaranteed maximum cost.

(2) When entering into any subcontract that was not specifically included in the construction manager's cost proposal submitted at the time the contract manager was selected, the construction manager shall procure that subcontractor by using one of the source selection methods authorized by these rules in the same manner as if the subcontract work was procured directly by the state.

R33-5-262. Construction Manager: Contractual Provisions.

The construction manager's contract shall clearly set forth the duties and authority of the construction manager in respect to all the participants in the project. The contract shall also define the liability of the State and the construction manager for failure to properly coordinate specialty contractors' work.

R33-5-270. Sequential Design and Construction: Use.

When the state selects the sequential design and construction method, it shall gather a team to design the project and provide a complete set of drawings and specifications to use in awarding the construction contract or contracts. When this team uses a construction manager he may, in addition to reviewing the drawings and specifications, assist in separating them into packets when multiple prime contractors are used. Except for redesign necessitated by changes in State requirements or problems encountered during construction, design is complete at the time construction has begun.

R33-5-280. Phased Design and Construction: Use.

When the phased design and construction method is used, the architect-engineer, and construction manager, (if one is used) shall resolve major design decisions, and shall prepare the detail design work in the sequence necessary to construct the project. Thus, construction can begin before design is complete for the entire project. Construction shall only begin after the State's requirements are set, the overall (schematic) design is complete, and the complete drawings and specifications for the first construction phase are ready. The construction manager may also assist in packaging the various specialty contracts and to manage the work under those contracts.

R33-5-281. Phased Design and Construction: Contractual Provisions.

Contracts shall clearly establish:

(1) architect-engineer's obligation to design the project in a manner that allows for phased construction to allow phasing of project design.

(2) specialty contractor's scope of work and duties to other contractors and the State.

(3) the management rights of the State and its construction manager when used.

R33-5-311. Bid Security: General.

Invitations for Bids on State construction contracts estimated to exceed $50,000 shall require the submission of bid security in an amount equal to at least 5% of the bid, at the time the bid is submitted. If a contractor fails to accompany its bid with the required bid security, the bid shall be deemed nonresponsive, in accordance with Section R33-3-112 (Bid Evaluation and Award, Responsibility and Responsiveness) except as provided by Section R33-5-313 (Nonsubstantial Failure to Comply).

R33-5-312. Bid Security: Acceptable Bid Security.

Acceptable bid security shall be limited to:

(a) a bid bond in a form satisfactory to the State underwritten by a company licensed to issue bid bonds in this State;

(b) a cashier's, certified, or official check drawn by a federally insured financial institution; or

(c) cash.

R33-5-313. Bid Security: Nonsubstantial Failure to Comply.

If a bid does not comply with the security requirements of this Rule, the bid shall be rejected as nonresponsive, unless the failure to comply is determined by the Chief Procurement Officer, the head of a Purchasing Agency, or the designee of such officer to be nonsubstantial where:

(a) only one bid is received, and there is not sufficient time to rebid the contract;

(b) the amount of the bid security submitted, though less than the amount required by the Invitation for Bids, is equal to or greater than the difference in the price stated in the next higher acceptable bid; or

(c) the bid guarantee becomes inadequate as a result of the correction of a mistake in the bid or bid modification in accordance with Section R33-3-111 (Mistakes in Bids), if the bidder increases the amount of guarantee to required limits within 48 hours after the bid opening.

R33-5-321. Performance Bonds: General.

A performance bond is required for all construction contracts in excess of $50,000, in the amount of 100% of the contract price. The performance bond shall be delivered by the contractor to the State at the same time the contract is executed. If a contractor fails to deliver the required performance bond, the contractor's bid shall be rejected, its bid security shall be enforced, and award of the contract shall be made to the next lowest bidder in accordance with Section R33-3-112 (Bid Evaluation and Award, Responsibility and Responsiveness).

R33-5-331. Payment Bonds: General.

A payment bond is required for all construction contracts in excess of $50,000, in the amount of 100% of the contract price. The payment bond shall be delivered by the contractor to the State at the same time the contract is executed. If a contractor fails to deliver the required payment bond, the contractor's bid shall be rejected, its bid security shall be enforced, and award of the contract shall be made to the next lowest bidder in accordance with Section R33-3-112 (Bid Evaluation and Award, Responsibility and Responsiveness).

R33-5-341. Bond Forms.

(a) Bid Bonds, Payment Bonds and Performance Bonds must be from sureties meeting the requirements of Subsection R33-5-341(b) and must be on the exact bond forms most recently adopted by the Board and on file with the Chief Procurement Officer, except bid bonds for projects under $1,000,000 as provided by subparagraph (c).

(b) Surety firm requirements. All surety firms must be authorized to do business in the State of Utah and be listed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury Circular 570, Companies Holding Certificates of Authority as Acceptable Securities on Federal Bonds and as Acceptable Reinsuring Companies for an amount not less than the amount of the bond to be issued. A cosurety may be utilized to satisfy this requirement.

(c) For projects estimated to cost less than $1,000,000, the State may accept bid bonds on forms provided by appropriately licensed sureties. For projects estimated to exceed $1,000,000, the bid bond shall be on the exact bid bond forms adopted by the board as required by Subsection R33-5-341(a).

R33-5-350. Waiver of Bonding Requirements on Any Project.

The Chief Procurement Officer, or head of the purchasing agency, may waive the bonding requirement if he finds, in writing, that bonds cannot reasonably be obtained for the work involved. Prior to waiver of the bonding requirement, the head of the requesting agency or designee shall agree in writing to the waiver. The agency will also be advised that the State cannot waive the liability associated with a judgment against the State, in the event of non-payment to a subcontractor or supplier. In the event of a judgment, the requesting agency would be required to make payment to the injured party.

R33-5-355. Waiver of Bonding Requirements on Small Projects.

The Chief Procurement Officer, or designated procurement official, may elect not to require a Performance or Payment Bond as required under Section 63G-6-504 Utah Code Annotated, 1953 as amended, if the estimated total procurement does not exceed $50,000. Prior to waiver of the bonding requirement, the head of the requesting agency or designee shall agree in writing to the waiver. The agency will also be advised that the State cannot waive the liability associated with a judgment against the State, in the event of non-payment to a subcontractor or supplier. In the event of a judgment, the requesting agency would be required to make payment to the injured party.

R33-5-401. Construction Contract Clauses: Introduction.

The contract clauses presented in this rule are promulgated for use in construction contracts in accordance with Section 63G-6-601(Contract Clauses) of the Utah Procurement Code. Alternative clauses are provided in one instance to permit accommodation of differing contract situations.

R33-5-402. Mandatory Construction Contract Clauses.

The following construction contract clauses shall be included in all construction contracts: Section R33-5-420 Changes Clause; Section R33-5-440 Suspension of Work Clause; Section R33-5-460 Price Adjustment Clause; Section R33-5-470 Claims Based on a Procurement Officer's Actions or Omissions Clause; Section R33-5-480 Default Delay - Time Extension Clause; Section R33-5-495 Termination for Convenience Clause; Section R33-5-497 Remedies Clause.

R33-5-403. Optional Construction Contract Clauses.

The following construction contract clauses may optionally be used in appropriate contracting situations: Section R33-5-430 Variations in Estimated Quantities Clause; Section R33-5-450 Differing Site Conditions Clause; Section R33-5-490 Liquidated Damages Clause.

R33-5-410. Construction Contract Clauses: Revisions to Contract Clauses.

The clauses set forth in this rule may be varied for use in a particular contract when, pursuant to the provisions of Section 63G-6-601 (Contract Clauses) of the Utah Procurement Code, the Chief Procurement Officer or the head of a Purchasing Agency makes a written determination describing the circumstances justifying the variation or variations.

Any material variation from these clauses shall be described in the solicitation documents in substantially the following form:

"Clause No. ....., entitled ................, is not a part of the general terms and conditions of this contract, and has been replaced by Special Clause No. ....., entitled ................. Your attention is specifically directed to this clause."

R33-5-420. Construction Contract Clauses: Changes Clause.

"CHANGES

(1) Change Order. The Procurement Officer, at any time, and without notice to the sureties, in a signed writing designated or indicated to be a change order, may order:

(a) changes in the work within the scope of the contract; and

(b) changes in the time for performance of the contract that do not alter the scope of the contract.

(2) Adjustment of Price or Time for Performance. If any such change order increases or decreases the contractor's cost of, or the time required for, performance of any part of the work under this contract, whether or not changed by the order, an adjustment shall be made and the contract modified in writing accordingly. Any adjustment in contract price made pursuant to this clause shall be determined in accordance with the Price Adjustment Clause of this contract.

Failure of the parties to agree to an adjustment shall not excuse a contractor from proceeding with the contract as changed, provided that the State promptly and duly make such provisional adjustments in payments or time for performance as may be reasonable. By proceeding with the work, the contractor shall not be deemed to have prejudiced any claim for additional compensation, or an extension of time for completion.

(3) Written Certification. The contractor shall not perform any change order which increases the contract amount unless it bears, or the contractor has separately received, a written certification, signed by the fiscal officer of the entity responsible for funding the project or the contract or other official responsible for monitoring and reporting upon the status of the costs of the total project or contract budget that funds are available therefor; and, if acting in good faith, the contractor may rely upon the validity of such certification.

(4) Time Period for Claim. Within 30 days after receipt of a written change order under Paragraph (1) (Change Order) of this clause, unless such period is extended by the Procurement Officer in writing, the contractor shall file notice of intent to assert a claim for an adjustment.

(5) Claim Barred after Final Payment. No claim by the contractor for an adjustment hereunder shall be allowed if notice is not given prior to final payment under this contract.

(6) Claims Not Barred. In the absence of such a change order, nothing in this clause shall restrict the contractor's right to pursue a claim arising under the contract, if pursued in accordance with the clause entitled 'Claims Based on a Procurement Officer's Actions or Omissions Clause' or for breach of contract."

R33-5-430. Construction Contract Clauses: Variations in Estimated Quantities Clause.

The following clause shall be inserted only in those construction contracts which contain estimated quantity items:

"VARIATIONS IN ESTIMATED QUANTITIES

(1) Variations Requiring Adjustments. Where the quantity of a pay item in this contract is an estimated quantity and where the actual quantity of such pay item varies more than 15% above or below the estimated quantity stated in this contract, an adjustment in the contract price shall be made upon demand of either party. The adjustment shall be based upon any increase or decrease in costs due solely to the variation above 15% or below 85% of the estimated quantity. If the quantity variation is such as to cause an increase in the time necessary for completion, the Procurement Officer shall, upon receipt of a timely written request for an extension of time, prior to the date of final settlement of the contract, ascertain the facts and make such adjustment for extending the completion date as in the judgment of the Procurement Officer the findings justify.

(2) Adjustments of Price. Any adjustment in contract price made pursuant to this clause shall be determined in accordance with the Price Adjustment Clause of this contract."

R33-5-440. Construction Contract Clauses: Suspension of Work Clause.

"SUSPENSION OF WORK

(1) Suspension for Convenience. The Procurement Officer may order the contractor in writing to suspend, delay, or interrupt all or any part of the work for such period of time as the Procurement Officer may determine to be appropriate for the convenience of the State.

(2) Adjustment of Cost. If the performance of all or any part of the work is, for an unreasonable period of time, suspended, delayed, or interrupted by an act of the Procurement Officer in the administration of this contract, or by the failure of the Procurement Officer to act within the time specified in this contract (or if no time is specified, within reasonable time), an adjustment shall be made for any increase in the cost of performance of this contract necessarily caused by such unreasonable suspension, delay, or interruption and the contract modified in writing accordingly. However, no adjustment shall be made under this clause for any suspension, delay, or interruption to the extent:

(a) that performance would have been so suspended, delayed, or interrupted by any other cause, including the fault or negligence of the contractor; or

(b) for which an adjustment is provided for or excluded under any other provision of this contract.

(3) Time Restriction on Claim. No claim under this clause shall be allowed:

(a) for any costs incurred more than 20 days before the contractor shall have notified the Procurement Officer in writing of the act or failure to act involved (but this requirement shall not apply as to a claim resulting from a suspension order); and

(b) unless the claim is asserted in writing as soon as practicable after the termination of such suspension, delay, or interruption, but not later than the date of final payment under the contract.

(4) Adjustments of Price. Any adjustment in contract price made pursuant to this clause shall be determined in accordance with the Price Adjustment Clause of this contract."

R33-5-450. Construction Contract Clauses: Differing Site Conditions Clause.

Set forth below are alternative differing site conditions clauses to be used as appropriate.

(ALTERNATIVE A)

"DIFFERING SITE CONDITIONS: PRICE ADJUSTMENTS

(1) Notice. The contractor shall promptly, and before such conditions are disturbed, notify the Procurement Officer of:

(a) subsurface or latent physical conditions at the site differing materially from those indicated in this contract; or

(b) unknown physical conditions at the site, of an unusual nature, differing materially from those ordinarily encountered and generally recognized as inherent in work of the character provided for in this contract.

(2) Adjustments of Price or Time for Performance. After receipt of such notice, the Procurement Officer shall promptly investigate the site, and if it is found that such conditions do materially so differ and cause an increase in the contractor's cost of, or the time required for, performance of any part of the work under this contract, whether or not changed as a result of such conditions, an adjustment shall be made and the contract modified in writing accordingly. Any adjustment in contract price made pursuant to this clause shall be determined in accordance with the Price Adjustment Clause of this contract.

(3) Timeliness of Claim. No claim of the contractor under this clause shall be allowed unless the contractor has given the notice required in this clause; provided, however, that the time prescribed therefor may be extended by the Procurement Officer in writing.

(4) No Claim After Final Payment. No claim by the contractor for an adjustment thereunder shall be allowed if asserted after final payment under this contract.

(5) Knowledge. Nothing contained in this clause shall be grounds for an adjustment in compensation if the contractor had actual knowledge of the existence of such conditions prior to the submission of bids."

(END OF ALTERNATIVE A)

(ALTERNATIVE B)

"SITE CONDITIONS CONTRACTOR'S RESPONSIBILITY

The contractor accepts the conditions at the construction site as they eventually may be found to exist and warrants and represents that the contract can and will be performed under such conditions, and that all materials, equipment, labor, and other facilities required because of any unforeseen conditions (physical or otherwise) shall be wholly at the contractor's own cost and expense, anything in this contract to the contrary notwithstanding."

(END OF ALTERNATIVE B)

R33-5-460. Construction Contract Clauses: Price Adjustment Clause.

"PRICE ADJUSTMENT

(1) Price Adjustment Methods. Any adjustment in contract price pursuant to clauses in this contract shall be made in one or more of the following ways:

(a) by agreement on a fixed price adjustment before commencement of the pertinent performance or as soon thereafter as practicable;

(b) by unit prices specified in the contract or subsequently agreed upon;

(c) by the costs attributable to the event or situation covered by the clause, plus appropriate profit or fee, all as specified in the contract or subsequently agreed upon;

(d) in such other manner as the parties may mutually agree; or

(e) in the absence of agreement between the parties, by a unilateral determination by the Procurement Officer of costs attributable to the event or situation covered by the clause, plus appropriate profit or fee, all as computed by the Procurement Officer in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable sections of the rules promulgated under Section 63G-6-415(Cost Principles) and subject to the provisions of Part H (Legal and Contractual Remedies) of the Utah Procurement Code.

(2) Submission of Cost or Pricing Data. The contractor shall submit cost or pricing data for any price adjustments subject to the provisions of Section 63G-6-415 (Cost Principles) of the Utah Procurement Code."

R33-5-470. Construction Contract Clauses: Claims Based on a Procurement Officer's Actions or Omissions Clause.

"CLAIMS BASED ON A PROCUREMENT OFFICER'S

ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS

(1) Notice of Claim. If any action or omission on the part of a Procurement Officer or designee of such officer, requiring performance changes within the scope of the contract constitutes the basis for a claim by the contractor for additional compensation, damages, or an extension of time for completion, the contractor shall continue with performance of the contract in compliance with the directions or orders of such officials, but by so doing, the contractor shall not be deemed to have prejudiced any claim for additional compensation, damages, or an extension of time for completion; provided:

(a) the contractor shall have given written notice to the Procurement Officer or designee of such officer:

(i) prior to the commencement of the work involved, if at that time the contractor knows of the occurrence of such action or omission;

(ii) within 30 days after the contractor knows of the occurrence of such action or omission, if the contractor did not have such knowledge prior to the commencement of the work; or

(iii) within such further time as may be allowed by the Procurement Officer in writing.

This notice shall state that the contractor regards the act or omission as a reason which may entitle the contractor to additional compensation, damages, or an extension of time. The Procurement Officer or designee of such officer, upon receipt of such notice, may rescind such action, remedy such omission, or take such other steps as may be deemed advisable in the discretion of the Procurement Officer or designee of such officer;

(b) the notice required by Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph describes as clearly as practicable at the time the reasons why the contractor believes that additional compensation, damages, or an extension of time may be remedies to which the contractor is entitled; and

(c) the contractor maintains and, upon request, makes available to the Procurement Officer within a reasonable time, detailed records to the extent practicable, of the claimed additional costs or basis for an extension of time in connection with such changes.

(2) Limitation of Clause. Nothing herein contained, however, shall excuse the contractor from compliance with any rules of law precluding any State officers and any contractors from acting in collusion or bad faith in issuing or performing change orders which are clearly not within the scope of the contract.

(3) Adjustments of Price. Any adjustment in the contract price made pursuant to this clause shall be determined in accordance with the Price Adjustment Clause of this contract."

R33-5-480. Construction Contract Clauses: Default-Delay-Time Extensions Clause.

"TERMINATION FOR DEFAULT FOR NONPERFORMANCE OR DELAY DAMAGES FOR DELAY-TIME EXTENSIONS

(1) Default. If the contractor refuses or fails to prosecute the work, or any separable part thereof, with such diligence as will assure its completion within the time specified in this contract, or any extension thereof, fails to complete said work within such time, or commits any other substantial breach of this contract, and further fails within (14) days after receipt of written notice from the Procurement Officer to commence and continue correction of such refusal or failure with diligence and promptness, the Procurement Officer may, by written notice to the contractor, declare the contractor in breach and terminate the contractor's right to proceed with the work or such part of the work as to which there has been delay. In such event, the State may take over the work and prosecute the same to completion, by contract or otherwise, and may take possession of, and utilize in completing the work, such materials, appliances, and plant as may be on the site of the work and necessary therefor. Whether or not the contractor's right to proceed with the work is terminated, the contractor and the contractor's sureties shall be liable for any damage to the State resulting from the contractor's refusal or failure to complete the work within the specified time.

(2) Liquidated Damages Upon Termination. If fixed and agreed liquidated damages are provided in the contract, and if the State so terminates the contractor's right to proceed, the resulting damage will consist of such liquidated damages for such reasonable time as may be required for final completion of the work.

(3) Liquidated Damages in Absence of Termination. If fixed and agreed liquidated damages are provided in the contract, and if the State does not terminate the contractor's right to proceed, the resulting damage will consist of such liquidated damages until the work is completed or accepted.

(4) Time Extension. The contractor's right to proceed shall not be so terminated nor the contractor charged with resulting damage if:

(a) the delay in the completion of the work arises from causes such as: acts of God; acts of the public enemy; acts of the State and any other governmental entity in either a sovereign or contractual capacity; acts of another contractor in the performance of a contract with the State; fires; floods; epidemics; quarantine restrictions; strikes or other labor disputes; freight embargoes; unusually severe weather; delays of subcontractors due to causes similar to those set forth above; or shortage of materials; provided, however, that no extension of time will be granted for a delay caused by a shortage of materials, unless the contractor furnishes to the Procurement Officer proof that the contractor has diligently made every effort to obtain such materials from all known sources within reasonable reach of the work, and further proof that the inability to obtain such materials when originally planned did in fact cause a delay in final completion of the entire work which could not be compensated for by revising the sequence of the contractor's operations; and

(b) the contractor, within ten days from the beginning of any such delay (unless the Procurement Officer grants a further period of time before the date of final payment under the contract), notifies the Procurement Officer in writing of the causes of delay. The Procurement Officer shall ascertain the facts and the extent of the delay and extend the time for completing the work when, in the judgment of the Procurement Officer, the findings of fact justify such an extension.

(5) Erroneous Termination for Default. If, after notice of termination of the contractor's right to proceed under the provisions of this clause, it is determined for any reason that the contractor was not in default under the provisions of this clause, or that the delay was excusable under the provisions of this clause, the rights and obligations of the parties shall, if the contract contains a clause providing for termination for convenience of the State, be the same as if the notice of termination had been issued pursuant to such clause. If, in the foregoing circumstances, this contract does not contain a clause providing for termination for convenience of the State, the contract shall be adjusted to compensate for such termination and the contract modified accordingly.

(6) Additional Rights and Remedies. The rights and remedies of the (State) provided in this clause are in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under this contract."

R33-5-490. Construction Contract Clauses: Liquidated Damages Clause.

The following clause may be used in construction contracts when it is difficult to determine with reasonable accuracy damage to the State due to delays caused by late contractor performance or nonperformance.

"LIQUIDATED DAMAGES

When the contractor fails to complete the work or any portion of the work within the time or times fixed in the contract or any extension thereof, the contractor shall pay to the State ($) per calendar day of delay pursuant to the clause of this contract entitled, 'Termination for Default for Nonperformance or Delay-Damages for Delay-Time Extensions.'"

R33-5-495. Construction Contract Clauses: Termination for Convenience Clause.

"TERMINATION FOR CONVENIENCE

(1) Termination. The Procurement Officer may, when the interests of this State so require, terminate this contract in whole or in part, for the convenience of the State. The Procurement Officer shall give written notice of the termination to the contractor specifying the part of the contract terminated and when termination becomes effective,

(2) Contractor's Obligations. The contractor shall incur no further obligations in connection with the terminated work and on the date set in the notice of termination, the contractor will stop work to the extent specified. The contractor shall also terminate outstanding orders and subcontracts as they relate to the terminated work. The contractor shall settle the liabilities and claims arising out of the termination of subcontracts and orders connected with the terminated work. The Procurement Officer may direct the contractor to assign the contractor's right, title, and interest under terminated orders or subcontracts to the State. The contractor shall still complete the work not terminated by the notice of termination and may incur obligations as necessary to do so.

(3) Right to Construction and Supplies. The Procurement Officer may require the contractor to transfer title and deliver to the State in the manner and to the extent directed by the Procurement Officer:

(a) any completed construction; and

(b) such partially completed construction, supplies, materials, parts, tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, plans, drawings, information, and contract rights (hereinafter called "construction material") as the contractor has specifically produced or specially acquired for the performance of the terminated part of this contract.

The contractor shall protect and preserve property in the possession of the contractor in which the State has an interest. If the Procurement Officer does not exercise this right, the contractor shall use best efforts to sell such construction, supplies, and construction materials in accordance with the standards of Uniform Commercial Code Section 2-706. (U.C.C. SS2-706 is quoted in the Editorial Note at the end of this Section.) This in no way implies that the State has breached the contract by exercise of the Termination for Convenience Clause.

(4) Compensation.

(a) The contractor shall submit a termination claim specifying the amounts due because of the termination for convenience together with cost or pricing data, submitted to the extent required by Section 63G-6-415 (Cost or Pricing Data) of the Utah Procurement Code, bearing on such claim. If the contractor fails to file a termination claim within one year from the effective date of termination, the Procurement Officer may pay the contractor, if at all, an amount set in accordance with Subparagraph (c) of this Paragraph.

(b) The Procurement Officer and the contractor may agree to a settlement provided the contractor has filed a termination claim supported by cost or pricing data submitted as required by Section 63G-6-601(Cost or Pricing Data) of the Utah Procurement Code and that the settlement does not exceed the total contract price plus settlement costs reduced by payments previously made by the State, the proceeds of any sales of construction, supplies, and construction materials under Paragraph (3) of this clause, and the contract price of the work not terminated.

(c) Absent complete agreement under Subparagraph (b) of this paragraph, the Procurement Officer shall pay the contractor the following amounts, provided payments under Subparagraph (b) shall not duplicate payments under this paragraph:

(i) with respect to all contract work performed prior to the effective date of the notice of termination, the total (without duplication of any items) of:

(A) the cost of such work plus a fair and reasonable profit on such portion of the work (such profit shall not include anticipatory profit or consequential damages) less amounts paid or to be paid for completed portions of such work; provided, however, that if it appears that the contractor would have sustained a loss if the entire contract would have been completed, no profit shall be allowed or included and the amount of compensation shall be reduced to reflect the anticipated rate of loss;

(B) costs of settling and paying claims arising out of the termination of subcontracts or orders pursuant to paragraph (2) of this clause. These costs shall not include costs paid in accordance with subparagraph (c)(i)(A) of this paragraph;

(C) the reasonable settlement costs of the contractor including accounting, legal, clerical, and other expenses reasonably necessary for the preparation of settlement claims and supporting data with respect to the terminated portion of the contract and for the termination and settlement of subcontracts thereunder, together with reasonable storage, transportation, and other costs incurred in connection with the protection or disposition of property allocable to the terminated portion of this contract.

The total sum to be paid the contractor under this paragraph shall not exceed the total contract price plus the reasonable settlement costs of the contractor reduced by the amount of any sales of construction, supplies, and construction materials under paragraph (3) of this clause, and the contract price of work not terminated.

(d) Cost claimed, agreed to, or established under subparagraphs (b) and (c) of this paragraph shall be in accordance with Section R33-3-8."

R33-5-497. Construction Contract Clauses: Remedies Clause.

"REMEDIES

Any dispute arising under or out of this contract is subject to the provisions of Part H (Legal and Contractual Remedies) of the Utah Procurement Code."

R33-5-498. Small Purchases Related to Construction.

This Section R33-5-498 shall supersede any small purchase provision(s) within Title R33, in regard to construction.

(1) Procurements of $100,000 or Less.

(a) The Procurement Officer may make procurements of construction estimated to cost $100,000 or less by soliciting at least two firms to submit written quotations. The award shall be made to the firm offering the lowest acceptable quotation.

(b) The names of the persons submitting quotations and the date and amount of each quotation shall be recorded and maintained as a public record by the Procurement Officer.

(c) If the Procurement Officer determines that other factors in addition to cost should be considered in a procurement of construction estimated to cost $100,000 or less, the Procurement Officer shall solicit proposals from at least two firms. The award shall be made to the firm offering the best proposal as determined through application of the procedures provided for in Section R33-3-2 except that a public notice is not required and only invited firms may submit proposals.

(2) Procurements of $25,000 or Less. The Procurement Officer may make small purchases of construction of $25,000 or less in any manner that the Procurement Officer shall deem to be adequate and reasonable.

(3) Professional Services related to Construction. Small purchases for Architect or Engineer services may be procured as a small purchase in accordance with Section R33-5-530. For other professional services related to construction, including cost estimators, project schedulers, building inspectors, code inspectors, special inspectors and testing entities; the Procurement Officer may make small purchases of such professional services if the cost of such professional service is $100,000 or less in any manner that the Procurement Officer shall deem to be adequate and reasonable.

(4) Division of Procurements. Procurements shall not be divided in order to qualify for the procedures outlined in this section.

R33-5-510. Application.

The provisions of this section apply to every procurement of services within the scope of the practice of architecture as defined by Section 58-3a-102, or professional engineering as defined in Section 58-22-102, except as authorized by Section R33-3-4 and Section R33-3-5.

R33-5-520. Policy.

It is the policy of this State to:

(a) give public notice of all requirements for architect-engineer services except as noted in Sections R33-5-510 and R33-5-530; and

(b) negotiate contracts for these services on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualification for the type of service required, and at fair and reasonable prices.

R33-5-525. Annual Statement of Qualifications and Performance Data.

The Chief Procurement Officer, the head of a Purchasing Agency, or a designee of either officer shall request firms engaged in providing architect-engineer services to annually submit a statement of qualifications and performance data which should include the following:

(a) the name of the firm and the location of all of its offices, specifically indicating the principal place of business,

(b) the age of the firm and its average number of employees over the past five years,

(c) the education, training, and qualifications of members of the firm and key employees,

(d) the experience of the firm reflecting technical capabilities and project experience,

(e) the names of five clients who may be contacted, including at least two for whom services were rendered in the last year,

(f) any other pertinent information regarding qualifications and performance data requested by the Procurement Officer.

A standard form or format may be developed for these statements of qualifications and performance data. Firms may amend statements of qualifications and performance data at any time by filing a new statement.

R33-5-527. Billing Rate Survey.

The Consulting Engineers Council of Utah and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects will provide the results of an annual survey on billing rates within their respective disciplines to the Chief Procurement Officer prior to April 1 each year. This information will then be made available to all public procurement units.

R33-5-530. Small Purchases of Architect-Engineer Services.

When the procurement of Architect-Engineer Services is estimated to be less than $100,000 for the Architect-Engineer's fee, the Procurement Officer may select the provider directly from either the list of firms who have submitted annual statements of qualifications and performance data, or from other qualified firms if necessary. If the procurement is estimated to be $100,000 or more for the Architect-Engineer's fee, then the selection method prescribed by the following sections apply.

R33-5-540. Architect-Engineer Selection Committee.

The Chief Procurement Officer, or designee, shall designate members of the Architect-Engineer Selection Committee. The selection committee must consist of at least three members, where possible at least one of which is well qualified in the professions of architecture or engineering, as appropriate.

The Chief Procurement Officer, or designee, shall designate one member of the committee as chair and to act as the Procurement Officer to coordinate the negotiations of a contract with the most qualified firm in accordance with Section 63G-6-704 of the Utah Procurement Code.

R33-5-550. Public Notice.

Public notice for architect-engineer services shall be given by the Procurement Officer as provided in Section R33-3-104. The notice shall be published sufficiently in advance of when responses must be received in order that firms have an adequate opportunity to respond to the solicitation, but not less than the time required by Section R33- 3-102. The notice shall contain a brief statement of the services required which adequately describes the project, the closing date for submissions and how specific information on the project may be obtained.

R33-5-560. Request for Statements of Interest.

A request for statements of interest (SOI) shall be prepared which describes the state's requirements and sets forth the evaluation criteria. It shall be distributed upon request and payment of a fee.

The request for statements of interest (SOI) shall include notice of any conference to be held and the criteria to be used in evaluating the statements of interest, qualifications and performance data and selecting firms, including:

(a) competence to perform the services as reflected by technical training and education, general experience, experience in providing the required services and the qualifications and competence of persons who would be assigned to perform the services.

(b) ability to perform the services as reflected by workload and the availability of adequate personnel, equipment, and facilities to perform the services expeditiously, and

(c) past performance as reflected by the evaluations of private persons and officials of other governmental entities that have retained the services of the firm with respect to factors such as control of costs, quality of work, and an ability to meet deadlines.

R33-5-570. Definition of Scope of Work.

Prior to initiating a request for SOI for architect-engineer services, the using agency shall define the scope of the services. The scope definition shall be sufficient to define the work expected, as detailed as possible and the scope definition shall be the basis for the negotiation process. However, the scope may be modified if necessary during final negotiations.

R33-5-580. Evaluation of Statements of Interest, Qualifications and Performance Data.

The selection committee shall evaluate:

(a) annual statement of qualifications and performance data submitted under Section R33-5-525;

(b) statements that may be submitted in response to the request for SOI for architect-engineer services, including proposals for joint ventures; and

(c) supplemental statements of qualifications and performance data, if their submission was required.

All statements and supplemental statements of qualifications and performance data shall be evaluated in light of the criteria set forth in the request for SOI for architect-engineering services.

R33-5-590. Selection of Firms for Discussions.

The selection committee shall select for discussions no fewer than three firms evaluated as being professionally and technically qualified unless fewer than three firms responded to the request for SOI. The Procurement Officer shall notify each firm in writing of the date, time, and place of discussions, and, if necessary, shall provide each firm with additional information on the project and the services required. This discussion phase may be waived if the evaluation of the statements of interest, qualifications and performance data indicate that one firm is clearly most qualified and if the scope and nature of the services are clearly defined.

R33-5-600. Discussions.

Following evaluation of the statements of interest, qualifications and performance data, the selection committee shall hold discussions with the firms selected pursuant to Section R33-45-590 regarding the proposed contract. The purposes of these discussions shall be to:

(a) determine each firm's general capabilities and qualifications for performing the contract; and

(b) explore the scope and nature of the required services and the relative utility of alternative methods of approach.

R33-5-610. Selection of the Most Qualified Firms.

After discussions, the selection committee shall reevaluate and select, in order of preference, the firms which it deems to be the most highly qualified to provide the required services. The selection committee shall document the selection process indicating how the evaluation criteria were applied to determine the ranking of the most highly qualified firms.

R33-5-620. Negotiation and Award of Contract.

The Procurement Officer shall negotiate a contract with the most qualified firm for the required services at compensation determined to be fair and reasonable to the State. Contract negotiations shall be directed toward:

(a) making certain that the firm has a clear understanding of the scope of the work, specifically, the essential requirements involved in providing the required services;

(b) determining that the firm will make available the necessary personnel and facilities to perform the services within the required time, and

(c) agreeing upon compensation which is fair and reasonable, taking into account the estimated value, scope, complexity, and nature of the required services.

R33-5-630. Failure to Negotiate Contract with the Most Qualified Firm.

(a) If fair and reasonable compensation, contract requirements, and contract documents cannot be agreed upon with the most qualified firm, the Procurement Officer shall advise the firm in writing of the termination of negotiations.

(b) Upon failure to negotiate a contract with the most qualified firm, the Procurement Officer shall enter into negotiations with the next most qualified firm. If fair and reasonable compensation, contract requirements, and contract documents can be agreed upon, then the contract shall be awarded to that firm. If negotiations again fail, negotiations shall be terminated as provided in Subsection R33-5-630(a) of this section and commenced with the next most qualified firm.

R33-5-640. Notice of Award.

Written notice of the award shall be sent to the firm with whom the contract is successfully negotiated. Each firm with whom discussions were held shall be notified of the award. Notice of the award shall be made available to the public.

R33-5-650. Failure to Negotiate Contract with Firms Initially Selected as Most Qualified.

Should the Procurement Officer be unable to negotiate a contract with any of the firms initially selected as the most highly qualified firms, additional firms shall be selected in preferential order based on their respective qualifications, and negotiations shall continue in accordance with Section R33-5-630 until an agreement is reached and the contract awarded.

KEY

government purchasing, procurement

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 8, 2010

Notice of Continuation

July 2, 2012

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

63G-6-101 et seq.


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R33, please contact the promulgating agency (Administrative Services, Purchasing and General Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.