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Friday, November 12, 2010

Carlisle School project kicks into new gear

The building project at the Carlisle School has moved into a new phase. Requests for contractor and subcontractor qualification (RFQ) submissions were advertised, and a contractor prequalification subcommittee was created at the October 28 Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) meeting. Statements of qualification (SOQs), due by November 2, have been received by the subcommittee. SBC Chair Lee Storrs says that they now have a list of contractors and subcontractors to review.

Storrs expects to publish the list of preselected contractors and subcontractors by the beginning of December. By then, the architectural plans and specifications should be available for prospective bidders.

Two-phase process

The selection process will be in two phases. The first phase, the RFQ/Prequalification phase which is taking place now, results in a list of companies which will be invited to bid in the beginning of December. Only contractors and subcontractors who have been approved in the first phase may participate in the request for proposal (RFP) phase, which begins December 7.

In the second phase, the prequalified subcontractors will have about four weeks to examine the plans and specifications before submitting RFP bids. Storrs notes that the Massachusetts School Building Association (MSBA) will receive a copy of the plans and specifications. Storrs says the SBC may issue addendums to the plans if either MSBA or the bidders have any questions when they study the documents.

Once the prequalified subcontractors are chosen, an addendum to the requirements for the general contractor will be created listing all the approved subcontractors. The general contractors will create bids using those approved subcontractors. The general contractors’ bids will be due at the end of the year. The lowest prequalified bidder will be chosen, Storrs says, unless there are unusual extenuating circumstances. He expects that a general contractor will be chosen and will be ready to begin work by the beginning of February. The construction is expected to take 20 months.

Prequalification details

Roughly 18 general contractors and 129 subcontractors have sent in applications to the prequalification subcommittee, said Storrs. The SBC is using a Massachusetts standard form for general contractor and subcontractor prequalification. Companies are evaluated on more than ten criteria including: Management Personnel Information, Similar Project Experience, Safety Record, Project References and Credit References. The subcommittee anticipates finishing the evaluations by November 23.

Members of the prequalification subcommittee include SBC members Bill Risso, Don Rober, Robert Wiggins, and Lee Storrs, HMFH Architect Arthur Duffy and Carlisle’s Owner Project Manager Sean Fennell. ∆

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