CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Sponsors Legislation to Expand County Project Delivery Tools

January 25, 2018

Senator Bill Dodd, a former Napa County Supervisor, introduced a measure on behalf of CSAC this week that seeks to expand the tools counties have to plan and deliver infrastructure projects. The bill would extend Construction Manager At Risk (CMAR) authority to other types of infrastructure projects.

Current law allows counties to use CMAR on projects in excess of $1 million for the erection, construction, alteration, repair or improvement of buildings until January 1, 2023. SB 914 would expand the types of eligible projects beyond buildings, such as flood control projects. The measure retains the option to award the project to the lowest responsible bidder or by the best value method and counties must also meet specified skilled and trained workforce requirements.

A CMAR contract is a competitively procured contract with an entity that guarantees the cost of a project and furnishes construction management services, including, but not limited to, preparation and coordination of bid packages, scheduling, cost control, value engineering, evaluation, preconstruction services and construction administration. Before construction can begin on a project, the owner and construction manager must agree on “guaranteed maximum price” for the project. The construction manager is responsible for delivering the project within the agreed-upon price, thereby assuming the risk for cost overruns. The result is a better-designed, properly-phased, and cost-effective county infrastructure project.

CSAC encourages counties to take individual positions of support on this helpful measure.

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