Ohio Revised Code Section 5517.011 Pilot program for combining design and construction elements of project into single contract.
(A)(1) Notwithstanding section 5517.01 of the Revised Code, the director of transportation may establish a pilot program to expedite the sale and construction of no more than six special projects by combining the design and construction elements of a highway or bridge project into a single contract. Except in regard to those requirements relating to providing plans, the director shall award contracts under this section in accordance with section 5525.01 of the Revised Code. (2) On or before December 31, 2000, the director shall prepare and submit to the general assembly a report evaluating the experience of the department of transportation with each project under this division and contract under division (B) of this section, including whether the department realized any cost or time savings. Regarding those projects and contracts, the report shall include a discussion of the number and cost of change orders, the quality of work performed, the number of bids received, the impact on minority and female contract participation, and other issues the director considers appropriate. The director also may make recommendations regarding the continuation of the program, including the need for any changes. (3) After completion of the sixth project, no projects shall be commenced under this division unless the general assembly either approves additional projects to further study the effectiveness of the procedures or makes the program permanent.
(B) In addition to the six projects under division (A) of this section, during the period beginning July 1, 1999, and ending June 30, 2001, the director may expand the pilot program to more contracts combining the design and construction elements of highway or bridge projects. The total dollar value of contracts made under this division shall not exceed two hundred fifty million dollars. The director may seek either bids or technical proposals for contracts under this division. (1) When the director determines to award a single contract for a design-build project under this division through the receipt of bids, except for those requirements relating to providing plans, the director shall award contracts in accordance with Chapter 5525 . of the Revised Code. When the director determines to award a single contract for a design-build project under this division through the receipt of technical proposals, the director shall advertise and select the design-build team using a value-based selection process combining technical qualifications and competitive bidding elements. (2) If the director elects to utilize the competitive bid option for design-build projects, the director shall prepare and distribute a scope of work document upon which the bidders shall base their bids.
(3)(a) If the director elects to utilize a value-based selection process for design-build projects through the receipt of technical proposals, the director shall restrict usage of this method annually to no more than sixty million dollars and no more than three projects, whose per-project estimate must exceed ten million dollars. The director shall prepare conceptual documents for review by interested parties, accept letters of interest, and select the three most qualified design-build teams to submit a technical proposal. The criteria for selecting the three finalists shall include the qualifications and experience of the design-build team, including the proposed personnel to be utilized, equipment usage, and general proposed project approach. The schedule of activities and financial resources of the design-build team also shall be factors in the selection process. In addition, the director shall take into consideration the design-build team's affirmative action policies and record with regard to employees and subcontracts.
(b) After the director selects the three finalists, the finalists shall prepare both a technical proposal and a price proposal. The technical proposal shall state the finalist's qualifications and experience, including prior performance by the design-build team on similar projects, the identity of the members of each team, and a detailed project approach and schedule, including innovative design and construction techniques. The finalists shall submit the price proposal separately as requested by the director. The director first shall review the submitted technical proposals and ascribe a numerical score to each proposal. The technical numerical scores shall be equated to a percentage adjustment to be applied to the finalists' price proposals, using a predetermined schedule of adjustment made known to the finalists at the time of advertising. In no case shall the technical proposal rating exceed twenty-five per cent of the value-based technical and price selection criteria. The director shall reserve the right to consider a technical proposal as being nonresponsive, thereby eliminating that finalist from further consideration.
Upon completion of the rating of technical proposals, the director shall apply to the price proposals the percentage adjustments predetermined from the numerical scores assigned to the technical proposals. Unless all proposals are rejected, the director shall select the finalist with the lowest adjusted price. The adjusted price shall be used for selection only. The contract shall be based on the price proposal as submitted. The department shall compensate each responsive finalist not selected in an amount generally equal to one-fourth of one per cent of the unadjusted price proposal amount submitted by the selected finalist or by an amount the director establishes at the time of advertising.