CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1680
2001 Regular Legislative Session
Passed by the House April 20, 2001
Yeas 87 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 20, 2001
Yeas 44 Nays 0
We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1680 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1680
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Fisher, Mitchell and Poulsen; by request of The Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation)
Read first time . Referred to Committee on .
AN ACT Relating to design-build procedures for public works; adding new sections to chapter 47.20 RCW; adding new sections to chapter 47.60 RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds and declares that a contracting procedure that facilitates construction of transportation facilities in a more timely manner may occasionally be necessary to ensure that construction can proceed simultaneously with the design of the facility. The legislature further finds that the design-build process and other alternative project delivery concepts achieve the goals of time savings and avoidance of costly change orders.
The legislature finds and declares that a 2001 audit, conducted by Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, examining the Washington state ferries' capital program resulted in a recommendation for improvements and changes in auto ferry procurement processes. The auditors recommended that auto ferries be procured through use of a modified request for proposals process whereby the prevailing shipbuilder and Washington state ferries engage in a design and build partnership. This process promotes ownership of the design by the shipbuilder while using the department of transportation's expertise in ferry design and operations. Alternative processes like design-build partnerships can promote innovation and create competitive incentives that increase the likelihood of finishing projects on time and within the budget.
The purpose of this act is to authorize the department's use of a modified request for proposals process for procurement of auto ferries, and to prescribe appropriate requirements and criteria to ensure that contracting procedures for this procurement process serve the public interest.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 47.20 RCW to read as follows:
The department of transportation shall develop a process for awarding competitively bid highway construction contracts for projects over ten million dollars that may be constructed using a design-build procedure. As used in this section and section 3 of this act, "design-build procedure" means a method of contracting under which the department of transportation contracts with another party for the party to both design and build the structures, facilities, and other items specified in the contract.
The process developed by the department must, at a minimum, include the scope of services required under the design-build procedure, contractor prequalification requirements, criteria for evaluating technical information and project costs, contractor selection criteria, and issue resolution procedures. This section expires April 30, 2008.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 47.20 RCW to read as follows:
The department of transportation may use the design-build procedure for public works projects over ten million dollars where:
(1) The construction activities are highly specialized and a design-build approach is critical in developing the construction methodology; or
(2) The projects selected provide opportunity for greater innovation and efficiencies between the designer and the builder; or
(3) Significant savings in project delivery time would be realized.
This section expires April 30, 2008.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
(1) The department may purchase new auto ferries through use of a modified request for proposals process whereby the prevailing shipbuilder and the department engage in a design and build partnership for the design and construction of the auto ferries. The process consists of the three phases described in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout sections 5 through 10 of this act.
(a) "Phase one" means the evaluation and selection of proposers to participate in development of technical proposals in phase two.
(b) "Phase two" means the preparation of technical proposals by the selected proposers in consultation with the department.
(c) "Phase three" means the submittal and evaluation of bids, the award of the contract to the successful proposer, and the design and construction of the auto ferries.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
To commence the request for proposals process, the department shall publish a notice of its intent once a week for at least two consecutive weeks in at least one trade paper and one other paper, both of general circulation in the state. The notice must contain, but is not limited to, the following information:
(1) The number of auto ferries to be procured, the auto and passenger capacities, the delivery dates, and the estimated price range for the contract;
(2) A statement that a modified request for proposals design and build partnership will be used in the procurement process;
(3) A short summary of the requirements for prequalification of proposers including a statement that prequalification is a prerequisite to submittal of a proposal in phase one; and
(4) An address and telephone number that may be used to obtain a prequalification questionnaire and the request for proposals.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
Subject to legislative appropriation for the procurement of vessels, the department shall issue a request for proposals to interested parties that must include, at least, the following:
(1) Solicitation of a proposal to participate in a design and build partnership with the department to design and construct the auto ferries;
(2) Instructions on the prequalification process and procedures;
(3) A description of the modified request for proposals process. Under this process, the department may modify any component of the request for proposals, including the outline specifications, by addendum at any time before the submittal of bids in phase three;
(4) A description of the design and build partnership process to be used for procurement of the vessels;
(5) Outline specifications that provide the requirements for the vessels including, but not limited to, items such as length, beam, displacement, speed, propulsion requirements, capacities for autos and passengers, passenger space characteristics, and crew size. The department will produce notional line drawings depicting hull geometry that will interface with Washington state ferries terminal facilities. Notional lines may be modified in phase two, subject to approval by the department;
(6) Instructions for the development of technical proposals in phase two, and information regarding confidentiality of technical proposals;
(7) The vessel delivery schedule, identification of the port on Puget Sound where delivery must take place, and the location where acceptance trials must be held;
(8) The estimated price range for the contract;
(9) The form and amount of the required bid deposit and contract security;
(10) A copy of the contract that will be signed by the successful proposer;
(11) The date by which proposals in phase one must be received by the department in order to be considered;
(12) A description of information to be submitted in the proposals in phase one concerning each proposer's qualifications, capabilities, and experience;
(13) A statement of the maximum number of proposers that may be selected in phase one for development of technical proposals in phase two;
(14) Criteria that will be used for the phase one selection of proposers to participate in the phase two development of technical proposals;
(15) A description of the process that will be used for the phase three submittal and evaluation of bids, award of the contract, and postaward administrative activities;
(16) A requirement that the contractor comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations including but not limited to those pertaining to the environment, worker health and safety, and prevailing wages;
(17) A requirement that the vessels be constructed within the boundaries of the state of Washington except that equipment furnished by the state and components, products, and systems that are standard manufactured items are not subject to the in-state requirement under this subsection. For the purposes of this subsection, "constructed" means the fabrication, by the joining together by welding or fastening of all steel parts from which the total vessel is constructed, including, but not limited to, all shell frames, longitudinals, bulkheads, webs, piping runs, wire ways, and ducting. "Constructed" also means the installation of all components and systems, including, but not limited to, equipment and machinery, castings, electrical, electronics, deck covering, lining, paint, and joiner work required by the contract. "Constructed" also means the interconnection of all equipment, machinery, and services, such as piping, wiring, and ducting; and
(18) A requirement that all warranty work on the vessel must be performed within the boundaries of the state of Washington, insofar as practical.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
Phase one of the request for proposals process consists of evaluation and selection of prequalified proposers to participate in subsequent development of technical proposals in phase two, as follows:
(1) The department shall issue a request for proposals to interested parties.
(2) The request for proposals must require that each proposer prequalify for the contract under chapter 468-310 WAC, except that the department may adopt rules for the financial prequalification of proposers for this specific contract only. The department shall modify the financial prequalification rules in chapter 468-310 WAC in order to maximize competition among financially capable and otherwise qualified proposers. In adopting these rules, the department shall consider factors including, without limitation: (a) Shipyard resources in Washington state; (b) the cost to design and construct multiple vessels under a single contract without options; and (c) the sequenced delivery schedule for the vessels.
(3) The department may use some, or all, of the nonfinancial prequalification factors as part of the evaluation factors in phase one to enable the department to select a limited number of best qualified proposers to participate in development of technical proposals in phase two.
(4) The department shall evaluate submitted proposals in accordance with the selection criteria established in the request for proposals. Selection criteria may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Shipyard facilities;
(b) Organization components;
(c) Design capability;
(d) Build strategy;
(e) Experience and past performance;
(f) Ability to meet vessel delivery dates;
(g) Projected workload; and
(h) Expertise of project team and other key personnel.
(5) Upon concluding its evaluation of proposals, the department shall select the best qualified proposers in accordance with the request for proposals. The selected proposers must participate in development of technical proposals. Selection must be made in accordance with the selection criteria stated in the request for proposals. All proposers must be ranked in order of preference as derived from the same selection criteria.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
Phase two of the request for proposals process consists of preparation of technical proposals in consultation with the department, as follows:
(1) The development of technical proposals in compliance with the detailed instructions provided in the request for proposals, including the outline specifications, and any addenda to them. Technical proposals must include the following:
(a) Design and specifications sufficient to fully depict the ferries' characteristics and identify installed equipment;
(b) Drawings showing arrangements of equipment and details necessary for the proposer to develop a firm, fixed price bid;
(c) Project schedule including vessel delivery dates; and
(d) Other appropriate items.
(2) The department shall conduct periodic reviews with each of the selected proposers to consider and critique their designs, drawings, and specifications. These reviews must be held to ensure that technical proposals meet the department's requirements and are responsive to the critiques conducted by the department during the development of technical proposals.
(3) If, as a result of the periodic technical reviews or otherwise, the department determines that it is in the best interests of the department to modify any element of the request for proposals, including the outline specifications, it shall do so by written addenda to the request for proposals.
(4) Proposers must submit final technical proposals for approval that include design, drawings, and specifications at a sufficient level of detail to fully depict the ferries' characteristics and identify installed equipment, and to enable a proposer to deliver a firm, fixed price bid to the department. The department shall reject final technical proposals that modify, fail to conform to, or are not fully responsive to and in compliance with the requirements of the request for proposals, including the outline specifications, as amended by addenda.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
Phase three consists of the submittal and evaluation of bids and the award of the contract to the successful proposer for the final design and construction of the auto ferries, as follows:
(1) The department shall request bids for detailed design and construction of the vessels after completion of the review of technical proposals in phase two. The department will review detailed design drawings in phase three for conformity with the technical proposals submitted in phase two. In no case may the department's review replace the builder's responsibility to deliver a product meeting the phase two technical proposal. The department may only consider bids from selected proposers that have qualified to bid by submitting technical proposals that have been approved by the department.
(2) Each qualified proposer must submit its total bid price for all vessels, including certification that the bid is based upon its approved technical proposal and the request for proposals.
(3) Bids constitute an offer and remain open for ninety days from the date of the bid opening. A deposit in cash, certified check, cashier's check, or surety bond in an amount specified in the request for proposals must accompany each bid and no bid may be considered unless the deposit is enclosed.
(4) The department shall evaluate the submitted bids. Upon completing the bid evaluation, the department may select the responsive and responsible proposer that offers the lowest total bid price for all vessels.
(5) The department may waive informalities in the proposal and bid process, accept a bid from the lowest responsive and responsible proposer, reject any or all bids, republish, and revise or cancel the request for proposals to serve the best interests of the department.
(6) The department may:
(a) Award the contract to the proposer that has been selected as the responsive and responsible proposer that has submitted the lowest total bid price;
(b) If a contract cannot be signed with the apparent successful proposer, award the contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible proposer; or
(c) If necessary, repeat this procedure with each responsive and responsible proposer in order of rank until the list of those proposers has been exhausted.
(7) If the department awards a contract to a proposer under this section, and the proposer fails to enter into the contract and furnish satisfactory contract security as required by chapter 39.08 RCW within twenty days from the date of award, its deposit is forfeited to the state and will be deposited by the state treasurer to the credit of the Puget Sound capital construction account. Upon the execution of a ferry design and construction contract all proposal deposits will be returned.
(8) The department may provide an honorarium to reimburse each unsuccessful phase three proposer for a portion of its technical proposal preparation costs at a preset, fixed amount to be specified in the request for proposals. If the department rejects all bids, the department may provide the honoraria to all phase three proposers that submitted bids.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 10. A new section is added to chapter 47.60 RCW to read as follows:
(1) The department shall immediately notify those proposers that are not selected to participate in development of technical proposals in phase one and those proposers who submit unsuccessful bids in phase three.
(2) The department's decision is conclusive unless an aggrieved proposer files an appeal with the superior court of Thurston county within five days after receiving notice of the department's award decision. The court shall hear any such appeal on the department's administrative record for the project. The court may affirm the decision of the department, or it may reverse or remand the administrative decision if it determines the action of the department was arbitrary and capricious.
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