FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham posted a request for bids for “Construction Management at Risk Services” for the proposed, new Fuller School, days before residents will go to the polls to decide if they wish to raise taxes, via debt exclusion vote, to build the new middle school.
A special election will take place on Dec 11. There is one question on the ballot. The question asks residents if they wish to raise taxes, via debt exclusion, to fund the construction of a new Fuller Middle School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11.
School leaders have said a new school is desperately needed. They have also argued it is cheaper to vote yes for a $98 million school, that comes with a $39 million state grant, than to vote no, and have to repair, renovate or build a new school without a state grant.
A yes vote support the new school, and would raise taxes for the average homeowner by $101 annually over the next 20 years.
On Wednesday, December 5, the City of Framingham posted it was seeking “qualified and experienced firms” to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) and required information to the City of Framingham no later than 2 p.m. on January 3, 2019.
Several residents said they were sent emails from the City about the new request for bids and wondered by the City was sending it out before the vote.
The City’s Public Information Officer Kelly McFalls said “The state process through the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) calls for thorough vetting and planning to comply with procurement requirements. By posting this solicitation now, the city, through the School Building Committee, is fully prepared to proactively team up with the state and meet their timeline and the needs of our community. By posting this now, if the project is approved next week, the new building will be on track to open on time for the start of the 2021 school year.”
“The School Building Committee added the Construction Manager (CM) at Risk methodology to the project. This method, endorsed by the MSBA, provides an additional 1% reimbursement rate and has other benefits. The construction manager will provide real-time market based cost estimating, design document reviews and construction logistics planning. MSBA projects using CM at Risk are historically completed on time, and on or under budget,” she said.
“Moreover, the procurement department routinely posts upcoming bids on the city’s website. The official advertisement for this bid will be published in the newspaper and the Central Register only if the ballot vote is successful,” said the City’s public information officer.
“This Request for Qualifications (‘RFQ’) is the first phase of a two-phase procurement process as set forth in M.G.L. 149A. The City of Framingham is prequalifying firms interested in providing public construction management at risk services for the project through the RFQ process. The City of Framingham will evaluate submitted statements of qualifications based upon the identified evaluation criteria as set forth in the RFQ and will select those respondents it deems qualified. Only those respondents deemed qualified will be invited to submit a proposal in response to a detailed Request for Proposals (‘RFP’), which will be issued in the second phase of the procurement process,” posted the City yesterday.
“Firms interested in being prequalified must demonstrate that they have had prior experience as a Construction Manager on projects of a similar size, complexity and type as this project as described in the RFQ. At the time a CM firm submits its Qualification Statement, the CM firm must have a DCAMM Certification in the Contractor Category, ‘General Building Construction’, with a single limit greater than the Estimated Total Construction cost of $78,000,000. It is anticipated that the Construction Manager will be under contract while the design documents are being developed,” stated the City.
The request for qualifications may be downloaded from http://procurementdocuments.
Bids were posted on Dec. 5 and will close on January 3, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Updated on Dec. 6 at 11:07 p.m.