It’s hard to believe that April is around the corner! Now is the time to remind you that if your library anticipates applying in the next construction grant round, you should be finishing up writing your building program to stay on track (we still anticipate that this grant round will be launch next spring). Lauren and I are looking forward to reading your draft.
As you put the finishing touches on your building program, you should be thinking about going out to bid for your owner’s project manager (OPM). Remember, this is a state procurement requirement for designing and constructing a public facility with MPLCP funds. There is an exception though. You don’t have to go out to bid for project management services if there is a city/town employee who qualifies as an OPM. The state requires that an existing town employee acting the library’s OPM must meet or exceed
(1) Being a registered architect or professional engineer with at least five years of experience in building construction and supervision
(2) Having at least seven years of experience in building construction and supervision
You also want to make sure they have building construction and supervision experience relating to projects of similar size and scope of complexity as the project, as well as the time in their schedule and the responsibility and authority to represent the library’s best interest.
So, if you are planning and designing a library building for application in the next construction grant round, be finishing up your building program and send it to us to review before finalizing it. At the same time, if you haven’t done so already, begin to prepare your RFQ to go out to bid for owner’s project management (OPM) services. Your city/town’s purchasing agent can help you to do this, but don’t hesitate to call us if you want a sample RFQ or list of OPMs. For an easy-to-read guide to procurement go to http://www.mass.gov/ig/publications/manuals/dcmanual.pdf for the 2014 Designing and Constructing Public Facilities: Legal Requirements, Recommended Practices, Sources of Assistance put out by the state’s Office of Inspector General.
If you target getting your OPM to be on board by the end of spring, then think architect next. If you follow this timeline, you will have your design team ready to go by the middle to end of summer to start the site investigation and design work. This is when the real fun begins!
This post was written by Rosemary Waltos on March 23, 2015