Alternative contracting methods approved for state parks projects

The state Game and Parks Commission may use alternative contracting methods for public projects in the state park system under a bill passed by the Legislature March 15.

<a href='' target='_blank' title='Link to the website of Sen. John Stinner'>Sen. John Stinner</a>
Sen. John Stinner

Introduced by Gering Sen. John Stinner, LB775 authorizes the commission to use the design-build and construction manager/general contractor contracting methods.

A design-build contract is one that is subject to a value-based selection process to provide architectural, engineering and related design services as well as labor, materials, supplies, equipment and construction services.

A construction manager/general contractor contract is one that is subject to a qualification-based selection process to provide preconstruction services during the design development phase of the project and—if a satisfactory agreement can be reached—construction services.

The bill authorizes the commission to hire a licensed architect or engineer to assist with the development of requests for proposals, the evaluation of proposals and evaluation of the construction. It also leaves the intellectual property contained in a proposal in the creator’s possession if it is not selected and if the creator does accept a stipend offered by the commission.

The bill passed on a 46-1 vote.

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