CHAPTER 60
CONSTRUCTION AND ALTERATIONS
OF STATE BUILDINGS

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Sec. 4b-52. (Formerly Sec. 4-132). Repairs or changes to state premises, contracts, bids, use of state employees or inmates. Emergency conditions and restoration of facilities. Governor's written consent and certification to General Assembly required, when. Renegotiation of leases.
Sec. 4b-53. (Formerly Sec. 4-131a). Allocation of bond proceeds for art work in construction or remodeling of state buildings. State building works of art account. Regulations.
Sec. 4b-55. (Formerly Sec. 4-134a). State Construction Services Selection Panel; Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel. Definitions.
Sec. 4b-57. (Formerly Sec. 4-134c). Invitation of responses. Consideration by selection panel.
Sec. 4b-58. (Formerly Sec. 4-134d). Contracting for consultant services.
Sec. 4b-76. Public or special act authorizations for acquisition of real property.
Sec. 4b-91. (Formerly Sec. 4-137a). Bidding for public building contracts. Prequalification requirements.

PART I
CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATIONS, REPAIRS, ADDITIONS
AND DEMOLITION

      Sec. 4b-52. (Formerly Sec. 4-132). Repairs or changes to state premises, contracts, bids, use of state employees or inmates. Emergency conditions and restoration of facilities. Governor's written consent and certification to General Assembly required, when. Renegotiation of leases. (a)(1) No repairs, alterations or additions involving expense to the state of five hundred thousand dollars or less or, in the case of repairs, alterations or additions to a building rented or occupied by a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, two million dollars or less shall be made to any state building or premises occupied by any state officer, department, institution, board, commission or council of the state government and no contract for any construction, repairs, alteration or addition shall be entered into without the prior approval of the Commissioner of Public Works, except repairs, alterations or additions to a building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management and repairs, alterations or additions to a building under the supervision of The University of Connecticut. Repairs, alterations or additions which are made pursuant to such approval of the Commissioner of Public Works shall conform to all guidelines and procedures established by the Department of Public Works for agency-administered projects. (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, repairs, alterations or additions involving expense to the state of one hundred thousand dollars or less may be made to any state building or premises under the supervision of the Office of the Chief Court Administrator or a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, under the terms of section 4b-11, and any contract for any such construction, repairs or alteration may be entered into by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator or a constituent unit of the state system of higher education without the approval of the Commissioner of Public Works.

      (b) Except as provided in this section, no repairs, alterations or additions involving an expense to the state of more than five hundred thousand dollars or, in the case of repairs, alterations or additions to a building rented or occupied by a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, more than two million dollars shall be made to any state building or premises occupied by any state officer, department, institution, board, commission or council of the state government, nor shall any contract for any construction, repairs, alteration or addition be entered into, until the Commissioner of Public Works or, in the case of the construction or repairs, alterations or additions to a building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management of the General Assembly, said joint committee or, in the case of the construction, repairs, alterations or additions to a building involving expenditures in excess of five hundred thousand dollars but not more than two million dollars under the supervision and control of one of the constituent units of higher education, the constituent unit has invited bids thereon and awarded a contract thereon, in accordance with the provisions of sections 4b-91 to 4b-96, inclusive. The Commissioner of Public Works, with the approval of the authority having the supervision of state employees or the custody of inmates of state institutions, without the necessity of bids, may employ such employees or inmates and purchase or furnish the necessary materials for the construction, erection, alteration, repair or enlargement of any such state building or premises occupied by any state officer, department, institution, board, commission or council of the state government.

      (c) Whenever the Commissioner of Public Works declares that an emergency condition exists at any state facility, other than a building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, and that the condition would adversely affect public safety or the proper conduct of essential state government operations, or said joint committee declares that such an emergency exists at a building under its supervision and control, the commissioner or the joint committee may employ such assistance as may be required to restore facilities under their control and management, or the commissioner may so act upon the request of a state agency, to restore facilities under the control and management of such agency, without inviting bids as required in subsection (b) of this section. The commissioner shall take no action requiring the expenditure of more than five hundred thousand dollars to restore any facility under this subsection (1) without the written consent of the Governor, and (2) until the commissioner has certified to the joint committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to legislative management that the project is of such an emergency nature that an exception to subsection (b) of this section is required. Such certification shall include input from all affected agencies, detail the need for the exception and include any relevant documentation. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply if any person is obligated under the terms of an existing contract with the state to render such assistance. The annual report of the commissioner shall include a detailed statement of all expenditures made under this subsection.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Works may, during the term of a lease of a building or premises occupied by any state offices, department, institution, board, commission or council of the state government, (1) renegotiate the lease in order to enable the lessor to make necessary alterations or additions up to a maximum amount of five hundred thousand dollars, subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board, or (2) require that a security audit be conducted for such building or premises and, if necessary, renegotiate the lease in order to enable the lessor to make necessary alterations or additions to bring the building or premises into compliance with the security standards for state agencies established under section 4b-132. Alterations or additions under subdivision (2) of this subsection shall not be subject to the spending limit in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and a renegotiated lease under said subdivision (2) shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board, provided such approval requirement shall not compromise the security requirements of chapter 60a and this section. The commissioner shall determine the manner of submission, conditions and requirements of bids and awards made for alterations or additions under this subsection. No lease shall be renegotiated under this subsection for a term less than five years. As used in this subsection, "security" and "security audit" have the meanings assigned to such terms in section 4b-130.

      (1949 Rev., S. 262; March, 1950, S. 100d; 1957, P.A. 150, S. 1; 457, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 708; P.A. 73-528, S. 11, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 10, 11; P.A. 75-365, S. 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 82-285, S. 2, 3; P.A. 83-12, S. 2; 83-199; 83-329; 83-530, S. 1, 3; P.A. 84-48, S. 10, 17; 84-436, S. 5, 12; P.A. 85-225; 85-567, S. 2, 6; P.A. 87-496, S. 34, 110; 87-529, S. 2, 3; P.A. 88-116, S. 1; P.A. 91-230, S. 9, 17; P.A. 92-154, S. 4, 23; P.A. 93-201, S. 5, 24; P.A. 95-230, S. 36, 45; P.A. 96-235, S. 16, 19; P.A. 97-293, S. 13, 26; P.A. 99-75, S. 5; 99-220, S. 8; P.A. 03-215, S. 10; P.A. 05-288, S. 22.)

      History: 1969 act required award of bid sixty days after bid opening rather than thirty days and provided for negotiation of contract if lowest bid exceeds funds available; P.A. 73-528 put upper limit on expenditures of five hundred thousand dollars, effective January 1, 1974; P.A. 74-246 clarified procedure for negotiation of contract if lowest bid exceeds available funds, specifying that bidders be negotiated with in ascending order of bid amounts; P.A. 75-365 divided section into Subsecs. (a) and (b), required approval of public works commissioner for all work and contracts for work and raised lower limit for expenditures requiring bids to fifty thousand dollars; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 82-285 added Subsec. (c) establishing procedure for making emergency repairs to state facilities without competitive bidding; P.A. 83-12 amended Subsec. (a) by allowing repairs, alterations or additions to the state capitol without the prior approval of the commissioner of administrative services, amended Subsec. (b) by placing responsibility for bids on repairs, alterations or additions to the state capitol with the joint committee on legislative management rather than the department of administrative services and amended Subsec. (c) to provide that the joint committee on legislative management shall have the responsibility of declaring and managing any emergency situations which may arise at the state capitol building; P.A. 83-199 added Subsec. (d) giving the commissioner of administrative services the power to renegotiate the terms of a lease under certain circumstances; P.A. 83-329 added Subsec. (e) permitting expenditures in excess of five hundred thousand dollars for repairs, alterations or additions to leased properties if leased from a municipality, remaining term is five years or more and properties review board approves; P.A. 83-530 raised limit on expenditures requiring administrative commissioner's approval from fifty thousand to one hundred thousand dollars in Subsec. (a) and made corresponding change in Subsec. (b) re expenditures for which bids must be invited; P.A. 84-48 included references to building under the supervision and control of the joint committee on legislative management, replacing references to state capitol; P.A. 84-436 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize the office of the chief court administrator to contract for and make repairs, alterations or additions costing fifty thousand dollars or less to any state building or premises under its supervision without the commissioner's approval, effective July 1, 1985; P.A. 85-225 increased the maximum expenditure amount in Subsec. (c) from fifty thousand to one hundred thousand dollars; P.A. 85-567 increased dollar amounts of expenditures for projects which may be undertaken by departments and institutions from one hundred thousand to two hundred fifty thousand dollars; P.A. 87-496 replaced commissioner of administrative services with commissioner of public works; P.A. 87-529 in Subsec. (a) raised limit on expenditures requiring administrative commissioner's approval from two hundred fifty to five hundred thousand dollars in the case of repairs, alterations or additions to a building rented or occupied by a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, and in Subsec. (b) placed responsibility for bids on construction, repairs, alterations or additions to buildings involving expenditures in excess of two hundred fifty thousand dollars but not more than five hundred thousand dollars under the supervision and control of a constituent unit with the constituent unit; P.A. 88-116 transferred first sentence of Subsec. (a), re control and management of property leased or rented by the state or a state entity, to Sec. 4-133, amended Subsec. (b) by requiring contract to be awarded "in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-137a to 4-137g, inclusive" in lieu of former procedure and deleted Subsec. (e) re applicability of five hundred thousand dollar limit in Subsec. (b) on expenditure of funds for repairs, alterations or additions to buildings or premises occupied by the state; Sec. 4-132 transferred to Sec. 4b-52 in 1989; P.A. 91-230 in Subsecs. (a) and (b) changed five hundred thousand dollar limit to one million dollars; P.A. 92-154 amended Subsec. (a) to apply provisions of Subdiv. (2) to constituent units of the state system of higher education; P.A. 93-201 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to increase the limit for repairs, alterations or additions to a building rented or occupied by a constituent unit from "one" to "two" million dollars, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-230 amended Subsec. (a) to add exception for The University of Connecticut, effective June 7, 1995; P.A. 96-235 amended Subsec. (c) by repealing provision that required damage by fire or other disaster for declaration of emergency condition at state facility or building and substituting "two hundred fifty thousand dollars" for "one hundred thousand dollars" as expenditure limit without Governor's consent, effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 97-293 amended Subsec. (a)(2) to increase the amount from fifty to one hundred thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-75 substituted "five hundred thousand dollars" for "two hundred fifty thousand dollars" in Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c), amended Subsec. (a)(1) by adding provision requiring conformity of certain repairs, alterations or additions to Department of Public Works guidelines and procedures, and amended Subsec. (c) by repealing requirement of Governor's consent for emergency restorations by joint committee exceeding two hundred fifty thousand dollars and by deleting the joint committee from the annual report requirement; P.A. 99-220 amended Subsec. (d) by adding Subdiv. (2) re security audits and alterations or additions to leased buildings for compliance with security standards and defining the terms "security" and "security audit"; P.A. 03-215 amended Subsec. (c) to insert Subdiv. (1) designator and insert provisions re certification to General Assembly re emergency nature of project as Subdiv. (2), effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(2), effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 4b-53. (Formerly Sec. 4-131a). Allocation of bond proceeds for art work in construction or remodeling of state buildings. State building works of art account. Regulations. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings: "State building" means any building or facility owned or leased by the state of Connecticut and open to the public or intended for such use, exclusive of any shed, warehouse, garage, building of a temporary nature or building located on the grounds of a correctional institution; "proposal development expenses" means the cost of preparing a detailed drawing, model or plan as determined by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; and "work of art" means art work which is to be an integrated part of such state building, including but not limited to, fresco, mosaic, sculpture and other architectural embellishment or functional art created by a professional artist, artisan or craftsperson, and any work of visual art which is not to be an integrated part of such state building, including but not limited to, a drawing, painting, sculpture, mosaic, photograph, work of calligraphy or work of graphic art or mixed media. Work of art as used in this section shall not include landscape architecture or landscape gardening.

      (b) The State Bond Commission, in the allocation of proceeds of state bonds for purposes of construction, reconstruction or remodeling of any state building, shall allocate for works of art, with respect to each such project and for the purposes of subsection (c) of this section, an amount from such proceeds not less than one per cent of the total estimated cost of such construction, reconstruction or remodeling, exclusive of (1) the cost of any land acquisition, (2) any nonconstruction costs including the cost of such work of art and (3) any augmentations to such cost, provided any such allocation for work of art as provided in this section must be approved, prior to authorization of such allocation by the State Bond Commission, by the Commissioner of Public Works in consultation with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Such allocation may be used to reimburse any artist, artisan, craftsperson or person who creates a work of art, for proposal development expenses when the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism requests such proposal development or to compensate persons who, at the request of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism determine whether such works of art require proposal development.

      (c) There is established within the General Fund a state building works of art account, which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account. The moneys within said account shall be used (1) for the purchase of works of art from distinguished Connecticut artists, which shall be placed on public view in state buildings, (2) to establish a bank of major works of art, from which individual works of art may be circulated among state buildings, public art museums and nonprofit galleries, and (3) for repair of all works acquired under this section. The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, which shall (A) indicate the portion of the one per cent allocation under subsection (b) of this section, up to one quarter of such allocation, which shall be deposited in the General Fund and credited to said account, (B) set forth the manner in which the moneys in said account shall be allocated and expended for the purposes of this subsection and (C) establish procedures to ensure accountability in maintaining the integrity of such bank of works of art.

      (d) The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism shall, with respect to a work of art in any project under subsection (b) of this section, be responsible for the selection of any artist, artisan or craftsperson, review of any design or plan, and execution, completion, acceptance and placement of such work of art, provided any work of art to be located in any building under the supervision, security, utilization and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management shall be approved by said committee. The Commissioner of Public Works, in consultation with said commission, (1) shall be responsible for the contractual arrangements with any such artist, artisan or craftsperson, and (2) shall adopt regulations concerning implementation of the purposes of subsection (b) of this section and this subsection.

      (P.A. 78-215, S. 1, 2; P.A. 86-260; P.A. 87-368; 87-496, S. 33, 110; 87-589, S. 71, 87; P.A. 89-383, S. 14, 16; P.A. 90-230, S. 9, 101; P.A. 95-226, S. 9, 30; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 210(e); P.A. 04-20, S. 3; 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 05-288, S. 23.)

      History: P.A. 86-260 added definition of "proposal development expenses" and added provision allowing reimbursement for such expenses and allowing compensation to persons who determine whether proposal development is required; P.A. 87-368 amended Subsec. (b) by adding reference to Subsec. (c), added new Subsec. (c) re state building works of art account, relettered former Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d) and amended Subsec. (d) to divide responsibilities under the Subsec. to state commission on the arts, commissioner of administrative services and joint committee on legislative management; P.A. 87-496 and P.A. 87-589 replaced commissioner of administrative services with commissioner of public works; Sec. 4-131a transferred to Sec. 4b-53 in 1989; P.A. 89-383 amended Subsec. (a) to exclude from definition of "state building" any building located on the grounds of a correctional institution; P.A. 90-230 made a technical correction in Subsec. (a); P.A. 95-226 amended Subsec. (c) to add circulation to public art museums and nonprofit galleries in Subdiv. (2) and to add Subdiv. (3) re repair of works of art, effective July 1, 1995 (Revisor's note: The word "statute" in Subdiv. (3) was replaced editorially by the Revisors with "section" for consistency with customary statutory usage); June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-20 replaced State Commission on the Arts with Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsec. (d), effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 4b-55. (Formerly Sec. 4-134a). State Construction Services Selection Panel; Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel. Definitions. As used in this section, section 4b-1 and sections 4b-56 to 4b-59, inclusive, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

      (a) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Works;

      (b) "Consultant" means (1) any architect, professional engineer, landscape architect, land surveyor, accountant, interior designer, environmental professional or construction administrator, who is registered or licensed to practice such person's profession in accordance with the applicable provisions of the general statutes, or (2) any planner or financial specialist;

      (c) "Consultant services" shall include those professional services rendered by architects, professional engineers, landscape architects, land surveyors, accountants, interior designers, environmental professionals, construction administrators, planners or financial specialists, as well as incidental services that members of these professions and those in their employ are authorized to perform;

      (d) "University of Connecticut library project" means a project to renovate and improve the Homer Babbidge Library at The University of Connecticut;

      (e) "Firm" means any individual, partnership, corporation, joint venture, association or other legal entity (1) authorized by law to practice the profession of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, accounting, interior design, environmental or construction administration, or (2) practicing the profession of planning or financial specialization;

      (f) "Priority higher education facility project" means any project which is part of a state program to repair, renovate, enlarge, equip, purchase or construct (1) instructional facilities, (2) academic core facilities, including library, research and laboratory facilities, (3) student residential or related student dining facilities, or (4) utility systems related to such projects, which are or will be operated under the jurisdiction of the board of trustees of any constituent unit of the state system of higher education, except The University of Connecticut provided the project is included in the comprehensive facilities master plan of the constituent unit pursuant to section 10a-4a or in the most recent state facility plan of the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4b-23;

      (g) "Project" means any state program requiring consultant services if (1) the cost of such services is estimated to exceed fifty thousand dollars or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, the cost of such services is estimated to exceed three hundred thousand dollars, and (2) the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed five hundred thousand dollars; or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, other than The University of Connecticut, the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed two million dollars;

      (h) "Selection panel" or "panel" means the State Construction Services Selection Panel established pursuant to subsection (a) of section 4b-56 or, in the case of a Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority project pursuant to section 10a-186a, means the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel established pursuant to subsection (c) of section 4b-56;

      (i) "User agency" means the state department or agency requesting the project or the agency for which such project is being undertaken pursuant to law;

      (j) "Community court project" means (1) any project to renovate and improve a facility designated for the community court pilot program established pursuant to section 51-181c, and (2) the renovation and improvement of other state facilities required for the relocation of any state agency resulting from the placement of the community court;

      (k) "Connecticut Juvenile Training School project" means a project (1) to develop on a designated site new facilities for a Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown including, but not limited to, preparing a feasibility study for, designing, constructing, reconstructing, improving or equipping said facility for use by the Department of Children and Families, which is an emergency project because there is an immediate need for completion of said project to remedy overcrowding at Long Lane School; said school shall have an annual average daily population of not more than two hundred forty residents; or (2) to develop a separate facility for girls including, but not limited to, acquiring of land or buildings, designing, constructing, reconstructing, improving or equipping said facility for use by the Department of Children and Families;

      (l) "Downtown Hartford higher education center project" means a project to develop a higher education center, as defined in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, and as described in subsection (a) of section 32-612, for the regional community-technical college system;

      (m) "Correctional facility project" means any project (1) which is part of a state program to repair, renovate, enlarge or construct facilities which are or will be operated by the Department of Correction, and (2) for which there is an immediate need for completion in order to remedy prison and jail overcrowding; and

      (n) "Juvenile detention center project" means any project (1) which is part of a state program to repair, renovate, enlarge or construct juvenile detention centers which are or will be operated by the Judicial Department, and (2) for which there is an immediate need for completion in order to remedy overcrowding.

      (P.A. 79-450, S. 1, 8; P.A. 82-369, S. 18, 28; P.A. 85-567, S. 3, 6; P.A. 87-496, S. 38, 110; 87-529, S. 4; P.A. 88-117, S. 4, 5; P.A. 89-353, S. 1, 8; P.A. 90-261, S. 1, 19; P.A. 91-230, S. 1, 17; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-9, S. 6, 10; P.A. 92-228, S. 4, 9; P.A. 93-201, S. 6, 24; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2, S. 3, 203; P.A. 95-152, S. 1; 95-230, S. 37, 45; P.A. 96-235, S. 5, 19; P.A. 97-293, S. 11, 26; P.A. 98-21, S. 2; 98-59, S. 2, 3; 98-235, S. 4; P.A. 99-26, S. 2, 39; 99-75, S. 6; 99-241, S. 48, 66; P.A. 00-192, S. 15, 102; P.A. 01-26, S. 4; 01-172, S. 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7, S. 15, 28; P.A. 03-215, S. 11; P.A. 05-287, S. 49.)

      History: P.A. 82-369 redefined "project" by increasing the estimated cost of design professional services from ten thousand dollars to twenty-five thousand dollars; P.A. 85-567 amended definition of "project", increasing dollar amount for construction costs from one hundred thousand to two hundred fifty thousand dollars; P.A. 87-496 redefined "commissioner" as public works rather than administrative services commissioner; P.A. 87-529 redefined "project" by increasing dollar amount for construction costs in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education from two hundred fifty thousand to five hundred thousand dollars; P.A. 88-117 amended Subdiv. (1) of Subsec. (e) to provide an exception for constituent units, of the state system of higher education; Sec. 4-134a transferred to Sec. 4b-55 in 1989; P.A. 89-353 added definition of "emergency correctional facility project" and relettered former Subsecs. (d) to (g), inclusive; P.A. 90-261 amended the definition of "emergency correctional facility project" to change the deadline for the commencement of the project from June 30, 1990, to December 31, 1991, and to increase the maximum estimated construction cost from twelve million to twenty million dollars; P.A. 91-230 inserted definition of "priority higher education facility project" as Subsec. (f), relettering former Subsecs. accordingly and in Subsec. (g) changed fifty thousand to one hundred fifty thousand dollars in Subdiv. (1), and five hundred thousand to one million dollars in Subdiv. (2); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-9 amended Subdiv. (2) of Subsec. (d) to substitute December 31, 1993, for December 31, 1991; P.A. 92-228 amended Subsec. (h) to change name of panel from "design professional services selection panel" to "state construction services selection panel"; P.A. 93-201 amended Subsec. (g) defining "project" to increase the limits for a constituent unit from "one hundred fifty" to "three hundred" thousand dollars for design services and from "one" to "two" million dollars for construction costs for higher education projects, effective July 1, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2 added definition of "University of Connecticut library project" and relettered former Subsecs. (f) to (j), inclusive, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-152 amended Subsec. (d) to delete in Subdiv. (1) the provision that the immediate need for completion of such facility project "has been certified by the advisory commission pursuant to section 18-87f", reflecting the repeal of said section by the same public act; P.A. 95-230 amended Subsecs. (g) and (h) to add exception for The University of Connecticut, effective June 7, 1995; P.A. 96-235 amended Subsec. (b) by changing defined term from "design professional" to "consultant" and including registered or licensed accountants, interior designers, environmental professionals and construction administrators and any planner, construction manager or financial specialist in such definition, amended Subsec. (c) by changing defined term from "design professional services" to "consultant services" and including services rendered by accountants, interior designers, environmental professionals, construction administrators, planners, construction managers and financial specialists in such definition, amended Subsec. (f) by adding entities authorized by law to practice profession of accounting, interior design, environmental or construction administration or practicing profession of planning, construction management or financial specialization to definition of "firm" and amended Subsec. (h) by substituting "consultant services" for "design professionals", effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 97-293 redefined "selection panel" or "panel" to include the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-21 added Subsec. (k) defining "community court project"; P.A. 98-59 changed effective date of P.A. 98-21 from October 1, 1998, to April 13, 1998; P.A. 98-235 deleted reference to Sec. 4b-23(i) in introductory text and amended Subsec. (h), defining "project", by substituting "fifty thousand dollars" for "twenty-five thousand dollars" in Subdiv. (1) and "four hundred thousand dollars" for "two hundred fifty thousand dollars" in Subdiv. (2); P.A. 99-26 added Subsec. (l), designated by the Revisors as Subsec. (k) defining the "Connecticut Juvenile Training School project" and made a technical change for purposes of gender neutrality, effective May 7, 1999; P.A. 99-75 repealed Subsec. (d) which defined "Emergency correctional facility project", relettered former Subsecs. (e) to (k), inclusive, accordingly and substituted "five hundred thousand dollars" for "four hundred thousand dollars" in relettered Subsec. (g), defining "project"; P.A. 99-241 made a technical change in Subsec. (b) for purposes of gender neutrality and added new Subsec. (l) re downtown Hartford higher education center, effective June 28, 1999; P.A. 00-192 added Subsecs. (m) and (n) defining "correctional facility project" and "juvenile detention center project", effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-26 made a technical change in Subsec. (b); P.A. 01-172 amended Subsec. (g) to substitute "and" for "or" between Subdivs. (1) and (2); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7 amended Subsec. (k) to make technical changes and include in the definition of "Connecticut Juvenile Training School" a provision for a separate facility for girls, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-215 redefined "consultant", "consultant services" and "firm" by deleting references to "construction managers" and "construction management", effective October 1, 2004; P.A. 05-287 amended Subsec. (i) to redefine "user agency" to include the agency for which the project is being undertaken pursuant to law, effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 4b-57. (Formerly Sec. 4-134c). Invitation of responses. Consideration by selection panel. (a) Whenever consultant services are required by the commissioner in fulfilling his responsibilities under section 4b-1, and in the case of each project, the commissioner shall invite responses from such firms by advertisements inserted at least once in one or more newspapers having a circulation in each county in the state. The commissioner shall prescribe, by regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54, the advance notice required for, the manner of submission, and conditions and requirements of, such responses.

      (b) In the case of a project, the responses received shall be considered by the selection panel. The panel shall select from among those responding no fewer than three firms, which it determines in accordance with criteria established by the commissioner are most qualified to perform the required consultant services. In the case of any project that requires consultant services by an architect or professional engineer, additional criteria to be considered by such panel in selecting a list of the most qualified firms shall include: (1) Such firm's knowledge of this state's building and fire codes, and (2) the geographic location of such firm in relation to the geographic location of the proposed project. The selection panel shall submit a list of the most qualified firms to the commissioner for his consideration unless fewer than three responses for a particular project have been received, in which case, the panel shall submit the names of all firms who have submitted responses.

      (P.A. 79-450, S. 4, 8; P.A. 80-483, S. 13, 186; P.A. 96-235, S. 11, 19; P.A. 05-287, S. 29.)

      History: P.A. 80-483 made technical changes; Sec. 4-134c transferred to Sec. 4b-57 in 1989; P.A. 96-235 substituted "consultant" for "design professional", effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 05-287 amended Subsec. (b) to provide additional criteria to be considered by the panel in the case of a project that requires consultant services by an architect or professional engineer, effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 4b-58. (Formerly Sec. 4-134d). Contracting for consultant services. (a)(1) Except in the case of a project, a priority higher education facility project, a project, as defined in subdivision (16) of section 10a-109c, undertaken by The University of Connecticut, a community court project, a correctional facility project, a juvenile detention center project, and the downtown Hartford higher education center project, the commissioner shall negotiate a contract for consultant services with the firm most qualified, in the commissioner's judgment, at compensation which the commissioner determines is both fair and reasonable to the state. (2) In the case of a project, the commissioner shall negotiate a contract for such services with the most qualified firm from among the list of firms submitted by the panel at compensation which the commissioner determines in writing to be fair and reasonable to the state. If the commissioner is unable to conclude a contract with any of the firms recommended by the panel, the commissioner shall, after issuing written findings of fact documenting the reasons for such inability, negotiate with those firms which the commissioner determines to be most qualified, at fair and reasonable compensation, to render the particular consultant services under consideration. (3) Whenever consultant services are required for a priority higher education facility project, a community court project, a correctional facility project, a juvenile detention center project, or the downtown Hartford higher education center project, the commissioner shall select and interview at least three consultants or firms and shall negotiate a contract for consultant services with the firm most qualified, in the commissioner's judgment, at compensation which the commissioner determines is both fair and reasonable to the state, except that if, in the opinion of the commissioner, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School project needs to be expedited in order to meet the needs of the Department of Children and Families, the commissioner may waive such selection requirement. Except for the downtown Hartford higher education center project, the commissioner shall notify the State Properties Review Board of the commissioner's action not later than five business days after such action for its approval or disapproval in accordance with subsection (i) of section 4b-23, except that if, not later than fifteen days after such notice, a decision has not been made, the board shall be deemed to have approved such contract.

      (b) In determining fair and reasonable compensation to be paid in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the commissioner shall consider, in the following order of importance, the professional competence of the consultant, the technical merits of the proposal, the ability of the firm to perform the required services within the time and budgetary limits of the contract and the price for which the services are to be rendered.

      (P.A. 79-450, S. 5, 8; P.A. 80-334; P.A. 89-353, S. 2, 8; P.A. 91-230, S. 2, 17; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2, S. 4, 203; P.A. 95-230, S. 38, 45; P.A. 96-235, S. 12, 19; P.A. 97-293, S. 20, 26; P.A. 98-21, S. 3; 98-59, S. 2, 3; P.A. 99-26, S. 3, 39; 99-75, S. 7; 99-241, S. 49, 66; P.A. 00-192, S. 16, 102; P.A. 05-287, S. 12; 05-288, S. 24.)

      History: P.A. 80-334 rewrote considerations for determining fair and reasonable compensation; Sec. 4-134d transferred to Sec. 4b-58 in 1989; P.A. 89-353 divided Subsec. (a) into Subdivs., exempted emergency correctional facility project from Subdiv. (1) and added Subdiv. (3) re procedure for contracting with design professionals or firms for such projects; P.A. 91-230 in Subsec. (a) added references to a priority higher education facility project and the exception for instances in which a decision has not been made within fifteen days; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2 exempted the University of Connecticut library project from Subdiv. (1) and included said project in provisions of Subdiv. (3), effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-230 amended Subsec. (a) to add exception for The University of Connecticut, effective June 7, 1995; P.A. 96-235 substituted "consultant" for "design professional", effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 97-293 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-21 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt a community court project from Subdiv. (1) and to include a community court project in Subdiv. (3); P.A. 98-59 changed effective date of P.A. 98-21 from October 1, 1998, to April 13, 1998; P.A. 99-26 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt the Connecticut Juvenile Training School project from Subdiv. (1), to include said project in Subdiv. (3), to add exception in Subdiv. (3) authorizing the commissioner to waive the selection requirement if said project needs to be expedited, to add provision exempting said project from the State Properties Review Board approval process and to make technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality, effective May 7, 1999; P.A. 99-75 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting references to "an emergency correctional facility project" and making technical changes; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (a) to add downtown Hartford higher education center, effective June 28, 1999; P.A. 00-192 amended Subsec. (a)(1) and (3) to include correctional facility project and juvenile detention center project, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 05-287 made technical changes throughout the section and amended Subsec. (a) to eliminate references to The University of Connecticut library project and the Connecticut Juvenile Training School project, effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 4b-76. Public or special act authorizations for acquisition of real property. In the event that a public or special act authorizes the state acquisition of real property or the construction, improvement, repair or renovation of any facility, the Commissioner of Public Works, in accordance with the provisions of this title, may acquire such real property or provide design and construction services for any such construction, improvement, repair or renovation of such facility, or both if applicable.

      (P.A. 05-287, S. 48.)

      History: P.A. 05-287 effective July 13, 2005.

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PART II
BIDDING AND CONTRACTS

      Sec. 4b-91. (Formerly Sec. 4-137a). Bidding for public building contracts. Prequalification requirements. (a) Every contract for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building for work by the state, which is estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars, except (1) a contract awarded by the Commissioner of Public Works for (A) a community court project, as defined in subsection (j) of section 4b-55, (B) the downtown Hartford higher education center project, as defined in subsection (l) of section 4b-55, (C) a correctional facility project, as defined in subsection (m) of section 4b-55, (D) a juvenile detention center project, as defined in subsection (n) of section 4b-55, or (E) a student residential facility for the Connecticut State University system that is a priority higher education facility project, as defined in subsection (f) of section 4b-55, or (2) a project, as defined in subdivision (16) of section 10a-109c, undertaken and controlled by The University of Connecticut in accordance with section 10a-109n, shall be awarded to the lowest responsible and qualified general bidder who is prequalified pursuant to section 4a-100 on the basis of competitive bids in accordance with the procedures set forth in this chapter, after the Commissioner of Public Works or, in the case of a contract for the construction of or work on a building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management of the General Assembly, the joint committee or, in the case of a contract for the construction of or work on a building under the supervision and control of one of the constituent units of the state system of higher education, the constituent unit, has invited such bids by advertisements inserted at least once in one or more newspapers having a circulation in each county in the state. The Commissioner of Public Works, the joint committee or the constituent unit, as the case may be, shall indicate the prequalification classification required for the contract in such advertisement. As used in this section, "prequalification classification" means the prequalification classifications established by the Commissioner of Administrative Services pursuant to section 4a-100.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Works, the joint committee or the constituent unit, as the case may be, shall determine the manner of submission and the conditions and requirements of such bids, and the time within which the bids shall be submitted, consistent with the provisions of sections 4b-91 to 4b-96, inclusive. Such award shall be made within sixty days after the opening of such bids. If the general bidder selected as the general contractor fails to perform the general contractor's agreement to execute a contract in accordance with the terms of the general contractor's general bid and furnish a performance bond and also a labor and materials or payment bond to the amount specified in the general bid form, an award shall be made to the next lowest responsible and qualified general bidder. No employee of the Department of Public Works, the joint committee or a constituent unit with decision-making authority concerning the award of a contract and no public official, as defined in section 1-79, may communicate with any bidder prior to the award of the contract if the communication results in the bidder receiving information about the contract that is not available to other bidders, except that if the lowest responsible and qualified bidder's price submitted is in excess of funds available to make an award, the Commissioner of Public Works, the Joint Committee on Legislative Management or the constituent unit, as the case may be, may negotiate with such bidder and award the contract on the basis of the funds available, without change in the contract specifications, plans and other requirements. If the award of a contract on said basis is refused by such bidder, the Commissioner of Public Works, the Joint Committee on Legislative Management or the constituent unit, as the case may be, may negotiate with other contractors who submitted bids in ascending order of bid prices without change in the contract, specifications, plans and other requirements. In the event of negotiation with general bidders as provided in this section, the general bidder involved may negotiate with subcontractors on the same basis, provided such general bidder shall negotiate only with subcontractors named on such general bidder's general bid form.

      (c) On and after October 1, 2004, no person may bid on a contract, except for a project described in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building for work by the state or a municipality, which is estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars and is paid for, in whole or in part, with state funds, unless the person is prequalified in accordance with section 4a-100.

      (d) On and after October 1, 2004, each bid submitted for a contract described in subsection (c) of this section shall include a copy of a prequalification certificate issued by the Commissioner of Administrative Services. The bid shall also be accompanied by an update statement in such form as the Commissioner of Administrative Services prescribes. The form for such update statement shall provide space for information regarding all projects completed by the bidder since the date the bidder's prequalification certificate was issued or renewed, all projects the bidder currently has under contract, including the percentage of work on such projects not completed, the names and qualifications of the personnel who will have supervisory responsibility for the performance of the contract, any significant changes in the bidder's financial position or corporate structure since the date the certificate was issued or renewed, any change in the contractor's qualification status as determined by the provisions of subdivision (6) of subsection (c) of section 4a-100 and such other relevant information as the Commissioner of Administrative Services prescribes. Any bid submitted without a copy of the prequalification certificate and an update statement shall be invalid.

      (e) Any person who bids on a contract described in subsection (c) of this section shall certify under penalty of false statement at the conclusion of the bidding process that the information in the bid is true, that there has been no substantial change in the bidder's financial position or corporate structure since the bidder's most recent prequalification certificate was issued or renewed, other than those changes noted in the update statement, and that the bid was made without fraud or collusion with any person.

      (f) Any person who receives information from a state employee or public official that is not available to the general public concerning any construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition project on a public building prior to the date that an advertisement for bids on the project is published shall be disqualified from bidding on the project.

      (g) Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter regarding competitive bidding procedures, the commissioner may select and interview at least three responsible and qualified general contractors who are prequalified pursuant to section 4a-100 and submit the three selected contractors to the construction services award panels process described in section 4b-100a and any regulation adopted by the commissioner. The commissioner may negotiate with the successful bidder a contract which is both fair and reasonable to the state for a community court project, as defined in subsection (j) of section 4b-55, the downtown Hartford higher education center project, as defined in subsection (l) of section 4b-55, a correctional facility project, as defined in subsection (m) of section 4b-55, a juvenile detention center project, as defined in subsection (n) of section 4b-55, or a student residential facility for the Connecticut State University system that is a priority higher education facility project, as defined in subsection (f) of section 4b-55. The Commissioner of Public Works, prior to entering any such contract or performing any work on such project, shall submit such contract to the State Properties Review Board for review and approval or disapproval by the board, pursuant to subsection (i) of this section. Any general contractor awarded a contract pursuant to this subsection shall be subject to the same requirements concerning the furnishing of bonds as a contractor awarded a contract pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (h) On and after October 1, 2004, any agency that seeks to have a project awarded without being subject to competitive bidding procedures shall certify to the joint committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration and elections that the project is of such an emergency nature that an exception to the competitive bidding procedures of this section is required. Such certification shall include input from all affected agencies, detail the need for the exception and include any relevant documentation.

      (i) In the event that the General Assembly approves legislation authorizing an exception to the competitive bidding process for a project, the State Properties Review Board shall complete a review of the contract for such project and approve or disapprove such contract no later than thirty days after the Commissioner of Public Works submits such contract to the board. Such review shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of section 4b-3. In the event that such review does not occur within the thirty-day period prescribed by this subsection, such contract shall be deemed to be approved.

      (P.A. 73-528, S. 1, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 1, 11; P.A. 75-425, S. 23, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 82-438, S. 5, 6; 82-447, S. 1; P.A. 84-48, S. 12, 17; P.A. 87-496, S. 41, 110; 87-529, S. 5; P.A. 88-116, S. 4; P.A. 89-353, S. 3, 8; P.A. 92-228, S. 6, 9; P.A. 93-30, S. 4, 14; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2, S. 5, 203; P.A. 95-230, S. 39, 45; P.A. 96-235, S. 14, 19; P.A. 97-293, S. 21, 26; P.A. 98-21, S. 4; 98-59, S. 2, 3; P.A. 99-26, S. 4, 39; 99-75, S. 8; 99-241, S. 50, 66; P.A. 00-192, S. 17, 102; P.A. 02-140, S. 3; P.A. 03-215, S. 1; P.A. 04-141, S. 1; P.A. 05-287, S. 10, 11.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 required award of bid within sixty days of bid opening rather than previous ninety days and clarified procedure for negotiation of contract when bids exceed available funds and including provision for negotiations between bidders and sub-bidders; P.A. 75-425 required bidding on projects estimated to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars rather than five hundred thousand dollars as previously; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 82-438 provided that legislative management committee is responsible for bidding procedures involving work on the state capitol building; P.A. 82-447 amended section to replace references to sub-bidders with references to subcontractors; P.A. 84-48 included any construction of or work on any building under the supervision and control of the joint committee on legislative management as being under the control of said committee where "state capitol building" was previously mentioned; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; P.A. 87-529 provided that a constituent unit of the state system of higher education is responsible for bidding procedures involving work on a building under the supervision of the constituent unit; P.A. 88-116 added provision re manner, conditions, requirements and time for bids; Sec. 4-137a transferred to Sec. 4b-91 in 1989; P.A. 89-353 designated existing section as Subsec. (a), exempted emergency correctional facility project from Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re procedure for award of contract for emergency correctional facility project to a general contractor; P.A. 92-228 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdivs. (2) and (3), exempting large public building project and construction management contracts from requirements of Subsec. (a); P.A. 93-30 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2 exempted the University of Connecticut library project from Subsec. (a) and included said project in provisions of Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-230 amended Subsec. (a) to add exception for The University of Connecticut and made technical changes to the lettering and numbering, effective June 7, 1995; P.A. 96-235 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by repealing exemption from competitive bidding requirements for large public building projects and construction management, as defined in Sec. 4b-98, which was repealed elsewhere in the act, effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 97-293 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-21 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt a community court project and amended Subsec. (b) to include a community court project; P.A. 98-59 changed effective date of P.A. 98-21 from October 1, 1998, to April 13, 1998; P.A. 99-26 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt the Connecticut Juvenile Training School project, amended Subsec. (b) to include said project and made technical changes, effective May 7, 1999; P.A. 99-75 substituted "five hundred thousand dollars" for "two hundred fifty thousand dollars" in Subsec. (a), deleted references to "an emergency correctional facility project" and made technical changes; P.A. 99-241 added the downtown Hartford higher education center and made technical changes, effective June 28, 1999; P.A. 00-192 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to include correctional facility project and juvenile detention center project, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 02-140 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by adding provisions re student residential facilities and made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 03-215 amended Subsec. (a) to reference prequalified contractors and require that advertisements indicate the prequalification and aggregate work capacity rating, designated part of Subsec. (a) as Subsec. (b), adding prohibition on communications with a bidder prior to the award of a contract and making technical changes therein, inserted new Subsec. (c) re prequalification, inserted new Subsec. (d) re update statement, inserted new Subsec. (e) re certification under penalty of false statement, inserted new Subsec. (f) re receipt of information not available to the general public and relettered former Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (g), referencing prequalification and selection by the award panel and requiring certification to legislative management committee re emergency nature of projects therein, effective October 1, 2004; P.A. 04-141 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to Sec. 4b-24(4), i.e. Sec. 9 of P.A. 03-215, eliminate requirement that the Commissioner of Public Works, the joint committee or the constituent unit indicate the aggregate work capacity rating required for the contract in the advertisement and delete definition of aggregate work capacity rating, amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit public official, as defined in Sec. 1-79, from communicating with any bidder prior to the award of the contract if the communication results in the bidder receiving information about the contract not available to other bidders, made technical changes in Subsec. (d), amended Subsec. (f) to include receipt of information from a state employee, made technical changes in Subsec. (g) and added requirement that the Commissioner of Public Works submit contract to the State Properties Review Board for review and approval or disapproval, designated provisions re agency seeking to have project awarded without being subject to competitive bidding procedures on and after October 1, 2004, as Subsec. (h) and amended said Subsec. to require certification for such project to the government administration and elections committee rather than the legislative management committee and made technical changes, and added Subsec. (i) re review of contract for approved project by the State Properties Review Board; P.A. 05-287 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to delete exceptions in former Subparas. (B) and (D) for the Connecticut Juvenile Training School project and The University of Connecticut library project and redesignate existing Subpara. (C) as new Subpara. (B), and existing Subparas. (E) to (G), inclusive, as new Subparas. (C) to (E), inclusive, and amended Subsec. (g) to remove The University of Connecticut library project and the Connecticut Juvenile Training School project from the list of projects for which the commissioner may negotiate a contract with the successful bidder, effective July 13, 2005.

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