CHAPTER 60
CONSTRUCTION AND ALTERATIONS OF STATE BUILDINGS

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Sec. 4b-51. (Formerly Sec. 4-131). Alterations, repairs or additions to real assets. Selection of consultants for certain projects.
Sec. 4b-51a. Recycled content requirements for construction materials.
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. Maintenance account. Regulations.
Sec. 4b-54. (Formerly Sec. 4-134). Designs of public structures to be submitted to commissioner. Work of art for Capitol to be submitted to Legislative Management Committee.
Sec. 4b-55. (Formerly Sec. 4-134a). State Construction Services Selection Panel; Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel. Definitions.
Sec. 4b-55a. Contracting for environmental evaluations for priority higher education facility projects.
Sec. 4b-56. (Formerly Sec. 4-134b). State construction services selection panels, and Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority construction services panels, established. Membership.
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-59. (Formerly Sec. 4-134e). Commissioner to adopt regulations.
Sec. 4b-60. State Commission on Capitol Preservation and Restoration.
Sec. 4b-61. (Formerly Sec. 4-24m). Contracting for design professional services.
Sec. 4b-62. (Formerly Sec. 4-135). Trusts for erecting and maintaining memorials.
Sec. 4b-63. (Formerly Sec. 4-36b). Demolition of state buildings. Notice to municipalities.
Sec. 4b-64. (Formerly Sec. 4-36c). When notice of intent to dispose of, demolish or transfer certain structures required to be given Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and affected municipality.
Sec. 4b-65. Buildings adjacent to Capitol.
Sec. 4b-66. (Formerly Sec. 4-24c). Connecticut Capitol Center. Master plan for development. Exceptions. Review of plan by Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. Reports.
Sec. 4b-66a. Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. Duties.
Sec. 4b-67. (Formerly Sec. 4-24d). Consultation with the Joint Committee on Legislative Management and other state agencies.
Sec. 4b-68. (Formerly Sec. 4-24e). Amendment of master plan.
Sec. 4b-69. (Formerly Sec. 4-24f). Development of Connecticut Capitol Center except Legislative Office Building: Approval of preliminary plans.
Sec. 4b-70. (Formerly Sec. 4-24g). Commissioner of Public Works to review construction.
Sec. 4b-71. (Formerly Sec. 4-24h). Approvals prerequisite to acquisition or development of property within Capitol Center District.
Sec. 4b-72. (Formerly Sec. 4-24i). Acquisition of property within district by Commissioner of Public Works.
Sec. 4b-73. (Formerly Sec. 4-24j). Relocation of displaced persons.
Sec. 4b-74. (Formerly Sec. 4-24k). Approval of building or zoning permits for property within district.
Sec. 4b-75. Status report on emergency correctional facility projects.
Sec. 4b-76. Public or special act authorizations for acquisition of real property.
Secs. 4b-77 to 4b-90.
Sec. 4b-91. (Formerly Sec. 4-137a). Bidding for public building contracts. Prequalification requirements.
Sec. 4b-92. (Formerly Sec. 4-137b). "Lowest responsible and qualified bidder" defined. Bid bonds, certified checks, when forfeited.
Sec. 4b-93. (Formerly Sec. 4-137c). Contract specifications; subtrades, subcontracts.
Sec. 4b-94. (Formerly Sec. 4-137d). Rejection of bids.
Sec. 4b-95. (Formerly Sec. 4-137e). General bid form requirements. Selection by awarding authority. Subcontractors.
Sec. 4b-95a. Listing of general bidder as a subcontractor on bid form.
Sec. 4b-96. (Formerly Sec. 4-137g). Subcontract, form. Procedure on failure of subcontractor to execute subcontract. General bidder's responsibilities.
Sec. 4b-97. (Formerly Sec. 4-126c). Arbitration of public works contracts.
Secs. 4b-98, 4b-98a and 4b-99. Definitions. Large public building projects; bidding procedures, contracts and payrolls. Construction management services; invitation of responses and contracts for; regulations.
Sec. 4b-100. Regulations.
Sec. 4b-100a. Construction services award panels. Screening, interview and selection of contractors. Memoranda re selection. Regulations.
Sec. 4b-101. Information re contractors and subcontractors to be provided to Commissioner of Revenue Services.
Sec. 4b-101a. Awarding authorities to prepare report on status of certain projects and property management contracts. When.
Sec. 4b-102. Bidding for certain construction contracts for the Connecticut State University System.
Sec. 4b-103. Construction manager at-risk project delivery contracts.
Secs. 4b-104 to 4b-129.

PART I
CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATIONS, REPAIRS, ADDITIONS
AND DEMOLITION

      Sec. 4b-51. (Formerly Sec. 4-131). Alterations, repairs or additions to real assets. Selection of consultants for certain projects. (a) The Commissioner of Public Works shall have charge and supervision of the remodeling, alteration, repair or enlargement of any real asset, except any dam, flood or erosion control system, highway, bridge or any mass transit, marine or aviation transportation facility, a facility of the Connecticut Marketing Authority, an asset of the Department of Agriculture program established pursuant to section 26-237a, or any building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, involving an expenditure in excess of five hundred thousand dollars, and except that (1) the Judicial Branch may have charge and supervision of the remodeling, alteration, repair, construction or enlargement of any real asset involving an expenditure of not more than one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars, (2) each constituent unit of the state system of higher education may have charge and supervision of the remodeling, alteration, repair, construction or enlargement of any real asset involving an expenditure of not more than two million dollars, and (3) The University of Connecticut shall have charge and supervision of the remodeling, alteration, repair, construction, or enlargement of any project, as defined in subdivision (16) of section 10a-109c, notwithstanding the amount of the expenditure involved. In any decision to remodel, alter, repair or enlarge any real asset, the commissioner shall consider the capability of the real asset to facilitate recycling programs.

      (b) No officer, department, institution, board, commission or council of the state government, except the Commissioner of Public Works, the Commissioner of Transportation, the Connecticut Marketing Authority, the Department of Agriculture for purposes of the program established pursuant to section 26-237a, the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, the Judicial Branch or a constituent unit of the state system of higher education as authorized in subsection (a) of this section, shall, unless otherwise specifically authorized by law, make or contract for the making of any alteration, repair or addition to any real asset involving an expenditure of more than five hundred thousand dollars.

      (c) The plans necessary for any such remodeling, alteration, repair or enlargement of any state humane institution, as defined in section 17b-222, shall be subject to the approval of the administrative head of such humane institution.

      (d) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Works may select consultants to be on a list established for the purpose of providing any consultant services. Such list shall be established as provided in sections 4b-56 and 4b-57. The commissioner may enter into a contract with any consultant on such list to perform a range of consultant services or to perform a range of tasks pursuant to a task letter detailing services to be performed under such contract. As used in this subsection, "consultant" means "consultant" as defined in section 4b-55, and "consultant services" means "consultant services" as defined in section 4b-55.

      (e) Costs for projects authorized under subsection (b) of this section shall be charged to the bond fund account for the project for which such costs are incurred. The Department of Public Works shall develop procedures for expediting the administration of projects for alterations, repairs or additions authorized under said subsection (b).

      (f) Any state agency proposing to remodel, alter or enlarge any real asset shall submit a statement to the commissioner demonstrating the capability of the real asset to facilitate recycling programs.

      (1949 Rev., S. 203; March, 1950, S. 1899d; 1957, P.A. 150, S. 2; 457, S. 2; P.A. 73-488; P.A. 75-326; 75-365, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 81-421, S. 2, 9; P.A. 82-114, S. 1, 2; 82-369, S. 17, 28; 82-438, S. 3, 6; P.A. 83-487, S. 23, 33; P.A. 84-48, S. 9, 17; P.A. 85-567, S. 1, 6; P.A. 87-496, S. 32, 110; 87-529, S. 1; P.A. 88-117, S. 3, 5; 88-231, S. 3; 88-291, S. 3, 6; P.A. 91-200, S. 2, 3; 91-230, S. 8, 17; P.A. 93-201, S. 4, 24; P.A. 95-230, S. 35, 45; P.A. 97-293, S. 19, 26; P.A. 98-235, S. 5; P.A. 99-75, S. 4; P.A. 01-172, S. 3; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(f); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 07-213, S. 17; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 67.)

      History: P.A. 73-488 gave commissioner of transportation power to make or contract for real estate expenditures; P.A. 75-326 gave heads of humane institutions authority to approve or disapprove plans for changes to institutions under their control; P.A. 75-365 raised expenditures amount to $50,000, and required public works commissioner's approval of all contracts; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 81-421 excluded the supervision of the alteration of mass transit, marine or aviation transportation facilities from the duties of the commissioner; P.A. 82-114 increased amount from $50,000 to $100,000; P.A. 82-369 also increased the amount of expenditure involved from $50,000 or more to $100,000 or more and added provision that amount of expenditure involved in such an alteration, repair or addition made or contracted for by any such officer, department, institution, board, commission or council, may, with prior approval of said commissioner, exceed $100,000 up to a maximum of $250,000; P.A. 82-438 amended section to provide that commissioner of administrative services does not have charge and supervision of remodeling, alteration, repair or enlargement of state capitol building and to authorize legislative management committee to make or contract for alterations, repairs or additions to the capitol; P.A. 83-487 added exception for Connecticut marketing authority and its facilities; P.A. 84-48 excepted any building under the supervision and control of the joint committee on legislative management, where previously exception was for state capitol building; P.A. 85-567 divided section into Subsecs., amended Subsec. (a) to permit departments and institutions to have charge and supervision over and to contract for alterations, repairs and additions involving expenditures of up to $250,000, where previously the limit was $100,000 and added a Subsec. (d) re selection of architects and engineers, maximum fees for technical services and expedited project administration; P.A. 87-496 replaced commissioner and department of administrative services with commissioner and department of public works; P.A. 87-529 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to provide that each constituent unit of the state system of higher education have charge and supervision of the remodeling, alteration, repair or enlargement of any real asset involving an expenditure of not more than $500,000; P.A. 88-117 added an exception to the fee limit in Subsec. (d) for projects of constituent units and made a technical change in Subsec. (e); P.A. 88-231 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring commissioner to consider capabilities of real assets to facilitate recycling programs and added Subsec. (e) requiring statements by agencies proposing to remodel, alter or enlarge real assets demonstrating the capability of such real assets to facilitate recycling; P.A. 88-291 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by adding the exception for the department of agriculture program established pursuant to Sec. 26-237a; Sec. 4-131 transferred to Sec. 4b-51 in 1989; P.A. 91-200 amended Subsec. (a) to exclude from commissioner's authority the control of any "dam, flood or erosion control system"; P.A. 91-230 in Subsec. (a) added "construction" and changed $500,000 to $1,000,000 in the exception concerning the constituent units of the state system of higher education and in Subsec. (d) changed $50,000 to $150,000; P.A. 93-201 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the expenditure limit for a constituent unit from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 and amended Subsec. (d) to increase the fee limit for projects of a constituent unit from $150,000 to $300,000, 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. 97-293 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-235 amended Subsec. (d) by substituting "consultants" for "architects and engineers", "consultant services" for "architectural and engineering technical services" and $50,000 for $25,000 and adding the definitions of "consultant" and "consultant services"; P.A. 99-75 substituted $500,000 for $250,000 in Subsecs. (a) and (b); P.A. 01-172 amended Subsec. (d) to designate existing provisions as Subdiv. (1), making a technical change therein, and add Subdiv. (2) re applications and advertisements for consultants; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Department of Agriculture with Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 07-213 amended Subsec. (d) to authorize commissioner to select consultants in accordance with Secs. 4b-56 and 4b-57 and enter into a contract with any such consultant to perform a range of consultant services or tasks, make technical changes and delete former Subdiv. (2) re application process for inclusion on consultant list, effective July 1, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a) to add Subdiv. (1) re Judicial Branch supervision and insert Subdiv. designators (2) and (3) and amended Subsec. (b) to insert reference to Judicial Branch, effective October 5, 2009.

      See Sec. 4a-60 re nondiscrimination clauses required in contracts.

      See Sec. 4b-101 re information on contractors and subcontractors to be provided to Commissioner of Revenue Services.

      See Sec. 13b-4 re certain transportation capital projects.

      See chapter 557, part III re state contracts generally.


      Annotations to former section 4-131:

      Under former statute "real assets" do not include highways and bridges. 124 C. 33. Cited. 140 C. 124. Cited. 190 C. 212.


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      Sec. 4b-51a. Recycled content requirements for construction materials. The Commissioner of Public Works shall revise the specifications for products and materials purchased for construction projects administered by the department for which the United States Environmental Protection Agency has guidelines for minimum recycled content. Recycled products and materials shall be used in such projects where such products and materials are available and are within ten per cent of the cost of the virgin product or material and where use of the recycled product or material is consistent with public safety.

      (P.A. 93-367, S. 4.)

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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. (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 the Judicial Branch, one million two hundred fifty 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 five 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 the Judicial Branch, more than one million two hundred fifty 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 construction, repairs, alterations or additions to a building involving expenditures in excess of five hundred thousand dollars but not more than one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars under the supervision and control of the Judicial Branch, said Judicial Branch 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; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 68.)

      History: 1969 act required award of bid 60 days after bid opening rather than 30 days and provided for negotiation of contract if lowest bid exceeds funds available; P.A. 73-528 put upper limit on expenditures of $500,000, 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 $50,000; 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 $500,000 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 $50,000 to $100,000 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 $50,000 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 $50,000 to $100,000; P.A. 85-567 increased dollar amounts of expenditures for projects which may be undertaken by departments and institutions from $100,000 to $250,000; 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 $250,000 to $500,000 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 $250,000 but not more than $500,000 under the supervision and control of a constituent unit with the constituent unit; P.A. 88-116 transferred provision in 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 $500,000 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 $500,000 limit to $1,000,000; 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 $1,000,000 to $2,000,000, 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 $250,000 for $100,000 as expenditure limit without Governor's consent, effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 97-293 amended Subsec. (a)(2) to increase the amount from $50,000 to $100,000, 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 $250,000 and by deleting the joint committee from the annual report requirement; P.A. 99-220 added Subsec. (d)(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; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision re buildings rented or occupied by Judicial Branch in Subdiv. (1) and to substitute "five hundred thousand" for "one hundred thousand" re dollar limit in Subdiv. (2), and amended Subsec. (b) to add provisions re buildings rented or occupied by Judicial Branch or under supervision and control of Judicial Branch, effective October 5, 2009.

      See Sec. 4a-60 re nondiscrimination clause required in contracts.

      See chapter 557, part III re state contracts generally.


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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. Maintenance 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) There is established a subaccount within the state buildings works of art account, established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, to be known as the "maintenance account" to be used solely for the conservation, repair and cleaning of artworks commissioned and purchased for state buildings pursuant to this section. The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism shall determine what percentage of the one per cent allocation pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, up to ten per cent of such allocation, to credit to said subaccount.

      (e) 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; P.A. 08-78, S. 1.)

      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; P.A. 08-78 made a technical change in Subsecs. (b) and (c), added new Subsec. (d) re maintenance account and redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (e), effective July 1, 2008.

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      Sec. 4b-54. (Formerly Sec. 4-134). Designs of public structures to be submitted to commissioner. Work of art for Capitol to be submitted to Legislative Management Committee. (a) No public monument, memorial, building or other structure shall become the property of the state unless a design for the same and its proposed location has been submitted to the Commissioner of Public Works for his advice. No construction or erection of any such structure shall be begun unless the design and proposed location has been so submitted to the commissioner.

      (b) No painting, portrait, statue or tablet shall be accepted for placing in a building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management or on the grounds thereof until it has been submitted to said joint committee, which shall advise as to the hanging of paintings, portraits and pictures and the placement of statues and other works of art.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3533; March, 1950, S. 1901d; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 82-472, S. 6, 183; P.A. 84-48, S. 11, 17; P.A. 87-496, S. 37, 110.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 82-472 required works of art for capitol to be submitted to joint committee on legislative management instead of commissioner; P.A. 84-48 deleted reference to state capitol in Subsec. (b) and inserted reference to a building under the supervision and control of the joint committee on legislative management; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner in Subsec. (a); Sec. 4-134 transferred to Sec. 4b-54 in 1989.

      Annotation to former section 4-134:

      Cited. 140 C. 124.


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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 the cost of such services is estimated to exceed three hundred thousand 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; P.A. 07-213, S. 18.)

      History: P.A. 82-369 redefined "project" by increasing the estimated cost of design professional services from $10,000 to $25,000; P.A. 85-567 amended definition of "project", increasing dollar amount for construction costs from one hundred thousand to $250,000; 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 $250,000 to $500,000; P.A. 88-117 amended Subsec. (e)(1) 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 $12,000,000 to $20,000,000; P.A. 91-230 inserted definition of "priority higher education facility project" as Subsec. (f), relettering former Subsecs. accordingly and in Subsec. (g) changed $50,000 to $150,000 in Subdiv. (1), and $500,000 to $1,000,000 in Subdiv. (2); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-9 amended Subsec. (d)(2) 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 $150,000 to $300,000 for design services and from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 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)(1) to delete 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 $50,000 for $25,000 in Subdiv. (1) and $400,000 for $250,000 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 $500,000 for $400,000 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; P.A. 07-213 amended Subsec. (g) to redefine "project", effective July 10, 2007.

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      Sec. 4b-55a. Contracting for environmental evaluations for priority higher education facility projects. Notwithstanding any provisions of this chapter to the contrary, the Commissioner of Public Works may select and interview at least three responsible and qualified environmental professionals, and may negotiate with any one of such professionals a contract which is both fair and reasonable to the state in order to conduct the evaluations required by section 22a-1b for a priority higher education facility project, as defined in subsection (f) of section 4b-55.

      (P.A. 91-230, S. 4, 17; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 82, 121; P.A. 99-75, S. 11.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 substituted "subsection (g)" for "subsection (f)", effective June 24, 1998; P.A. 99-75 made a technical change.

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      Sec. 4b-56. (Formerly Sec. 4-134b). State construction services selection panels, and Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority construction services panels, established. Membership. (a) There shall be established within the Department of Public Works state construction services selection panels which shall consist of five members. Four of such members shall be appointed by the commissioner, shall serve only for deliberations involving the project for which such members are appointed, and shall be current or retired employees of the Department of Public Works. The remaining member shall be appointed by the head or acting head of the user agency and shall serve only for deliberations involving the project for which such member is appointed.

      (b) The selection panels shall not be deemed to be a board or commission within the meaning of section 4-9a.

      (c) There shall be established within the Department of Public Works Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority construction services panels which shall consist of five members. Three of such members shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Works, shall serve only for deliberations involving the project for which such members are appointed and shall be current employees of the Department of Public Works. The remaining members shall be appointed by the head or acting head of the user agency and shall serve only for deliberations involving the project for which such members are appointed.

      (d) The panels established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall not be deemed to be a board or commission within the meaning of section 4-9a. Such panels shall be the selection panels only for Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority projects pursuant to section 10a-89b.

      (e) There shall be established, within the Department of Public Works, a State Construction Services Selection Panel that shall consist of five members. Such members shall be appointed by the commissioner, shall be current employees of the Department of Public Works or any agency for which consultant services may be contracted, and shall serve only for deliberations involving the selection of consultants under subsection (d) of section 4b-51 for which the employees are appointed.

      (f) The panel established pursuant to subsection (e) of this section shall not be deemed to be a board or commission within the meaning of section 4-9a.

      (P.A. 79-450, S. 3, 8; P.A. 87-496, S. 39, 110; P.A. 91-43, S. 2; P.A. 92-228, S. 5, 9; P.A. 96-235, S. 15, 19; P.A. 97-47, S. 49; 97-293, S. 12, 26; P.A. 07-213, S. 15, 19.)

      History: P.A. 87-496 substituted "public works" for "administrative services" department; Sec. 4-134b transferred to Sec. 4b-56 in 1989; P.A. 91-43 amended Subsec. (a) to allow either current or retired employees to be appointed by commissioner to panel; P.A. 92-228 amended Subsec. (a) by changing name of panel from "state design professional services selection panel" to "state construction services selection panel"; P.A. 96-235 amended Subsec. (a) by decreasing membership of panel from six to five and decreasing number of appointments by Commissioner of Public Works from five to four, effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 97-47 rearranged provisions in Subsec. (a); P.A. 97-293 added Subsecs. (c) and (d) re Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 07-213 amended Subsec. (a) to establish more than one panel, provide that members appointed by commissioner serve only for deliberations involving the project for which the member is appointed, eliminate one-year term for such members, and remove commissioner's authority to fill vacancies on the panel, made a technical change in Subsec. (b), amended Subsec. (c) to establish more than one panel, provide that members appointed by commissioner serve only for deliberations involving the project for which the member is appointed, eliminate one-year term for such members, and remove commissioner's authority to fill vacancies on the panel, made technical changes in Subsec. (d), and added Subsecs. (e) and (f) re State Construction Services Selection Panel for selection of consultants under Sec. 4b-51(d), effective July 10, 2007.

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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 the 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 except that the commissioner may receive consultant services under a contract entered into pursuant to subsection (d) of section 4b-51. 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 such panel 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 the commissioner's 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.

      (c) In the case of consultants selected under subsection (d) of section 4b-51, the responses received shall be considered by the selection panel. The panel shall select, from among those persons responding, a list of those persons most qualified to perform the consultant services. Knowledge of the state building and fire code and whether the consultant is a micro business, as defined in subsection (c) of section 4a-59, shall be considered in determining a consultant's qualifications.

      (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; P.A. 06-196, S. 32; P.A. 07-213, S. 20; P.A. 10-190, S. 1.)

      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; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 07-213 amended Subsec. (a) to make a technical change and create exception for consultant services under contract entered into pursuant to Sec. 4b-51(d) and added Subsec. (c) re consultants selected under Sec. 4b-51(d), effective July 10, 2007; P.A. 10-190 amended Subsec. (c) to include consideration of whether consultant is a micro business, effective July 1, 2010.

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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 project involving the construction, repair or alteration of a building or premises under the supervision of the Office of the Chief Court Administrator or property where the Judicial Department is the primary occupant, 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; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 133.)

      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 15 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; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a)(3) to include project involving construction, repair or alteration of building or premises under supervision of Office of the Chief Court Administrator or property where Judicial Department is primary occupant, effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 4b-59. (Formerly Sec. 4-134e). Commissioner to adopt regulations. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to carry out the purposes of sections 4b-56 to 4b-59, inclusive.

      (P.A. 79-450, S. 6, 8.)

      History: Sec. 4-134e transferred to Sec. 4b-59 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-60. State Commission on Capitol Preservation and Restoration. (a) There shall be a State Commission on Capitol Preservation and Restoration to consist of twelve members to be appointed as follows: Two members shall be appointed by the Governor, two by the speaker of the House of Representatives, two by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one by the House minority leader, one by the Senate minority leader, two members of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, one appointed by each of the chairmen of said committee, and one member of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism appointed by its chairman. The Commissioner of Public Works, or the commissioner's designee, shall be an ex-officio member of the commission and shall attend its meetings. Vacancies on the commission shall be filled by the original appointing authority for the unexpired portion of the term. The members shall serve without compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The commission shall meet at least quarterly, and more often on the call of the chairman or on the written request of a majority of the members. The commission may designate subcommittees to carry out its functions. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned.

      (b) The commission: (1) Shall undertake a continuing review and study of the State Capitol building and grounds, with a view to developing a master plan for the preservation and restoration of the Capitol, including necessary structural changes, consistent with the original historical character of the building, with due regard being given to enhancing the interior and exterior beauty of the building, making better use of existing space and reducing public safety hazards; (2) may consult with state, federal or private agencies with respect thereto, and disseminate information on its activities; and (3) shall report on its activities to the Joint Committee on Legislative Management annually or as often as the committee shall direct. The Department of Administrative Services shall provide professional staff assistance to the commission when available. If such assistance cannot be provided within a reasonable time, the commission may, with the approval of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, retain technical advisors to assist in reviewing project plans and work.

      (c) The commission is authorized to accept gifts, donations and grants from the federal government or other public or private sources for the purpose of such preservation and restoration.

      (d) The Joint Committee on Legislative Management may undertake capital expenditure programs for which capital funds are authorized, in connection with such preservation and restoration. Such programs shall be carried out by the committee, pursuant to plans and specifications approved by the commission and in accordance with the bidding procedures in part II of chapter 60. The commission shall adopt regulations establishing basic artistic standards in keeping with the original historical character of the Capitol to assist the committee in the preparation of plans and specifications.

      (e) The commission shall be an independent body within the Legislative Department for administrative purposes only.

      (P.A. 73-460, S. 1-4; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 81, 610; P.A. 82-438, S. 1, 6; P.A. 84-512, S. 12, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 18, 110; 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; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 10-1, S. 40.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 substituted commissioner of administrative services for public works commissioner, deleted obsolete language regarding first appointments, deleted provision for electing temporary chairman and vice-chairman and added Subsec. (e); P.A. 82-438 amended section to provide that the joint committee on legislative management, not the commission, may undertake capital expenditure programs and that the committee, not the department of administrative services, shall carry out such programs, including bidding procedures and to transfer commission from department of administrative services to legislative department for administrative purposes only; P.A. 84-512 authorized reimbursement of members for expenses, established attendance requirements for members and authorized commission to retain technical advisors when professional staff assistance is not available from department of administrative services; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner in Subsec. (a); Sec. 4-24l transferred to Sec. 4b-60 in 1989; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-20 replaced the Connecticut Historical Commission with the 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; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 10-1 amended Subsec. (a) to replace "Commissioner of Public Works" with "Commissioner of Public Works, or the commissioner's designee", effective June 22, 2010.

      See title 2c re termination under "Sunset Law".

      See Sec. 4-38f for definition of "administrative purposes only".


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      Sec. 4b-61. (Formerly Sec. 4-24m). Contracting for design professional services. Whenever a design professional or design professional services are required by the Joint Committee on Legislative Management in fulfilling its obligations under section 4b-60 in connection with the preservation and restoration of the State Capitol, the following procedures shall be followed:

      (1) The committee shall direct the State Commission on Capitol Preservation and Restoration to invite responses from design professionals by advertisements inserted at least once in one or more newspapers having a general circulation in the state. The responses received shall be considered by the commission which shall select from among those responding the three professionals, which in its opinion are most qualified to perform the required design professional services, and submit the names to the committee. If three or fewer responses are received, the commission shall submit the names of all those responding.

      (2) The committee may negotiate a contract with the most qualified design professional on the list, in its judgment, at compensation which it determines is both fair and reasonable. If the committee is unable to conclude a contract with any of the design professionals recommended by the commission, it shall issue a finding giving the reasons for such inability and may negotiate with any design professional which it determines to be most qualified to perform the services at fair and reasonable compensation. In determining fair and reasonable compensation, the committee shall consider, in the following order of importance, the professional competence of the design professional, 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.

      (3) As used in this section, "design professional" means any architect, professional engineer, landscape architect, land surveyor or interior designer who is registered to practice his profession in accordance with the applicable provisions of the general statutes; and "design professional services" means those professional services rendered by architects, professional engineers, landscape architects, land surveyors or interior designers, as well as incidental services that members of such professions and those in their employ are authorized to perform.

      (P.A. 82-438, S. 4, 6; P.A. 98-235, S. 8.)

      History: Sec. 4-24m transferred to Sec. 4b-61 in 1989; P.A. 98-235 amended Subdiv. (3) to include interior designers in definition of "design professional" and professional services rendered by interior designers in definition of "design professional services".

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      Sec. 4b-62. (Formerly Sec. 4-135). Trusts for erecting and maintaining memorials. The Commissioner of Public Works may accept and execute any trusts, testamentary or otherwise, created or established for the purpose of procuring, erecting and maintaining any memorial on public grounds or within public buildings of the state or any municipality therein, and the court of probate in which a will creating any such trust has been proved may appoint said commissioner as trustee to execute such trust without requiring said commissioner to furnish a probate bond as such trustee; but this section shall not be construed as empowering said commissioner to erect or maintain any such memorial upon the grounds or within or upon any public building belonging to the state without the consent of the General Assembly, nor upon any grounds nor within or upon any public building belonging to any city or town, without the consent of the common council of the city or the selectmen of the town, as the case may be. The commissioner shall not, without special authority from the General Assembly, make, erect or remove from its location any statue or sculpture upon the property of the state.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3534; March, 1950, S. 1902d; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 7; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 87-496, S. 40, 110.)

      History: 1959 act removed references to county and county commissioners; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; Sec. 4-135 transferred to Sec. 4b-62 in 1989.

      Annotation to former section 4-135:

      Cited. 140 C. 124.


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      Sec. 4b-63. (Formerly Sec. 4-36b). Demolition of state buildings. Notice to municipalities. (a) Whenever the state plans demolition of a state building or structure, and the site upon which such building or structure is located is not to be used for a state project already authorized and funded, the Commissioner of Public Works shall first notify the chief executive officer of the municipality wherein the building or structure to be demolished is located, by registered or certified mail, at least sixty days prior to the public advertisement of the bid for services necessary to accomplish such demolition.

      (b) The municipality wherein the building or structure is to be demolished may, within the period prior to the public advertisement of such bid, submit a bid to said commissioner for the purchase of such state building or structure, and the commissioner may accept such bid provided the use which the municipality intends for the building or structure is compatible with state needs and programs. In the event the municipality intends to move the building, the costs thereof shall not be paid by the state.

      (P.A. 79-95; P.A. 87-496, S. 25, 110.)

      History: P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; Sec. 4-36b transferred to Sec. 4b-63 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-64. (Formerly Sec. 4-36c). When notice of intent to dispose of, demolish or transfer certain structures required to be given Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and affected municipality. Each state department, institution or agency intending to dispose of, demolish or transfer ownership of any structure more than fifty years old shall notify the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism of such intent ninety days before the disposition, demolition or transfer. The department, institution or agency, not more than one hundred twenty days and not less than thirty days before such disposition, demolition or transfer, shall publish notice of its intent three times in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality in which such structure is located and shall post a sign stating its intent in a conspicuous place on the property on which such structure is located not less than thirty days before the disposition, demolition or transfer.

      (P.A. 85-203; 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.)

      History: Sec. 4-36c transferred to Sec. 4b-64 in 1989; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-20 replaced the Connecticut Historical Commission with the 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.

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      Sec. 4b-65. Buildings adjacent to Capitol. No building shall be erected, rebuilt or altered, upon any land abutting on Trinity Street between Elm Street and Capitol Avenue, or upon any land abutting on Capitol Avenue between its intersection with the east line of Trinity Street and Washington Street, in the city of Hartford, to a height of more than ninety feet; but nothing herein shall prevent the erection of any tower, spire, finial, skylight, cornice or other appurtenance upon any such building to a height of more than ninety feet, provided the design or plan of such tower, spire, finial, skylight, cornice or other appurtenance shall have been approved in writing by the Commissioner of Public Works.

      (P.A. 88-116, S. 5.)

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      Sec. 4b-66. (Formerly Sec. 4-24c). Connecticut Capitol Center. Master plan for development. Exceptions. Review of plan by Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. Reports. (a) There shall continue to be a master plan for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford within the following-described area to be known as the Capitol Center District: All of the land within the city of Hartford bounded by Bushnell Park, Wells Street, Main Street, Buckingham Street, Wadsworth Street to Cedar Street following the rear property lines of property fronting on Buckingham Street, Cedar Street, a line extended east from Grand Street, Grand Street, Oak Street, the parcel at the southwest corner of Russ Street and Oak Street, Russ Street, Broad Street, and the right-of-way of the New Haven Railroad to Bushnell Park. The Capitol Center District shall, where feasible, be the location of the central offices, and their ancillary facilities, of the three branches of the state government. The district shall also contain those noncentral offices, and their ancillary facilities, which serve the Hartford area and which can feasibly fulfill their functions at this location, except that this shall not prohibit the construction or leasing by the state of courts and courthouses outside of the Capitol Center District. Nongovernmental uses, including, but not limited to, social, cultural, residential, and retail uses may be incorporated in the area as ancillary uses.

      (b) The master plan shall include, but need not be limited to, the following: Land use, property acquisition, business and residential relocation, street system alignments and dimensions, internal circulation systems, parking facilities, utilities and services systems, landscaping, lighting and amenities, and building space use priorities, including programming, controls and restrictions, provided such master plan shall not provide for the acquisition of the property known as the Horace Bushnell Memorial without prior certification by the board of trustees of the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation that the acquisition by the state of said property is in conformance with the plans of the corporation. As an integral part of the master plan, there shall be a capital improvements program, both short range and long range, indicating recommended scheduling of the various phases of construction and estimated costs therefor in order that the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center may be undertaken in an orderly and logical way and so that the needs of the central offices of state government can be met in a timely manner.

      (c) Not later than January 1, 2003, and every five years thereafter, the Connecticut Capitol Center Commission established pursuant to section 4b-66a shall (1) review the master plan, and (2) submit a report on its findings and proposed changes to the master plan to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, government administration and finance, revenue and bonding.

      (1967, P.A. 589, S. 3-5; 1969, P.A. 286, S. 3; 1971, P.A. 283; P.A. 75-425, S. 13, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 83-111, S. 1, 2; P.A. 84-512, S. 3, 30; P.A. 01-172, S. 5.)

      History: 1969 act clarified boundaries of Capitol Center District; 1971 act added exemption allowing courts to be located outside Capitol Center District; P.A. 75-425 required approval of public works commissioner for establishment of capital improvements program; P.A. 77-614 substituted commissioner of administrative services for public works commissioner; P.A. 83-111 amended Subsec. (a) to qualify requirement that the central offices be located in The Capitol Center District, by adding the words "where feasible"; P.A. 84-512 deleted references to Capitol Center commission, and deleted requirement that master plan accord with principles of State Capitol Government Center Planning Committee report of 1967; Sec. 4-24c transferred to Sec. 4b-66 in 1989; P.A. 01-172 amended Subsec. (a) to expand nongovernmental uses to those including, but not limited to, residential uses, and added Subsec. (c) re review of, and report on, the master plan by the Connecticut Capitol Center Commission.

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      Sec. 4b-66a. Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. Duties. (a) There is established a Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. The commission shall consist of (1) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee; (2) the Commissioner of Public Works, or the commissioner's designee; (3) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee; (4) the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, or the executive director's designee; (5) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (6) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (7) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (8) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (9) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (10) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (11) the chairperson of the Hartford Commission on the City Plan; (12) one member appointed by the mayor of the city of Hartford; and (13) one member from the South Downtown Neighborhood Revitalization Committee.

      (b) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, shall serve as chairperson of the commission. The chairperson shall schedule the first meeting of the commission which shall be held no later than sixty days after October 1, 2001.

      (c) The commission shall review the master plan for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford and make recommendations in accordance with section 4b-66.

      (P.A. 01-172, S. 4; 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.)

      History: 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.

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      Sec. 4b-67. (Formerly Sec. 4-24d). Consultation with the Joint Committee on Legislative Management and other state agencies. In undertaking its duties under section 4b-69, the Department of Public Works shall consult with the Joint Committee on Legislative Management and with the several state agencies and coordinate its work with the planning activities of state, city and federal agencies and private and semipublic organizations involved in or affected by the development of the district. The department shall provide coordinating services to assist other state, city and federal agencies in coordinating the implementation of the master plan.

      (1967, P.A. 589, S. 6; P.A. 75-425, S. 14, 57; P.A. 77-604, S. 41, 84; 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 84-512, S. 4, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 10, 110.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 added public works commissioner to list of those to be consulted; P.A. 77-604 replaced committee on rules with legislative management committee; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 84-512 replaced references to Capitol Center commission with references to department of administrative services; P.A. 87-496 substituted public works department for administrative services department; Sec. 4-24d transferred to Sec. 4b-67 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-68. (Formerly Sec. 4-24e). Amendment of master plan. The master plan shall serve as the guiding document in the development of the Capitol Center District and may be amended by the Commissioner of Public Works.

      (1967, P.A. 589, S. 7; P.A. 75-425, S. 15, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 84-512, S. 5, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 11, 110.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 required approval of public works commissioner for adoption of plan and amendments; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 84-512 deleted references to Capitol Center commission and obsolete provision re adoption of master plan; P.A. 87-496 substituted public works commissioner for administrative services commissioner; Sec. 4-24e transferred to Sec. 4b-68 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-69. (Formerly Sec. 4-24f). Development of Connecticut Capitol Center except Legislative Office Building: Approval of preliminary plans. In accordance with section 4b-1, the Department of Public Works shall have the responsibility of developing the Connecticut Capitol Center; provided, notwithstanding any other provisions of the general statutes, before detailed planning for any of the site development or structures within such Capitol Center District, except the planning of the Legislative Office Building and related facilities by the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, is commenced, preliminary plans for such construction shall have been approved by the State Properties Review Board.

      (1967, P.A. 589, S. 8; P.A. 75-425, S. 16, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 84-512, S. 6, 30; P.A. 85-301, S. 6, 13; P.A. 87-496, S. 12, 110.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 required that preliminary plans be approved by public works commissioner and state properties review board as well as by commission; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 84-512 deleted requirement that preliminary construction plans be approved by capitol center commission as well as administrative services commissioner; P.A. 85-301 excluded the planning of the legislative office building and related facilities from the requirement that preliminary plans be approved by the board; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services department with public works department; Sec. 4-24f transferred to Sec. 4b-69 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-70. (Formerly Sec. 4-24g). Commissioner of Public Works to review construction. The Commissioner of Public Works may, from time to time, review detailed plans, drawings and specifications for the construction of the Capitol Center and may transmit comments thereon to the Governor.

      (1967, P.A. 589, S. 9; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 84-512, S. 7, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 13, 110.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 84-512 replaced reference to the capitol center commission with reference to administrative services commissioner; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; Sec. 4-24g transferred to Sec. 4b-70 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-71. (Formerly Sec. 4-24h). Approvals prerequisite to acquisition or development of property within Capitol Center District. No state agency shall acquire any property or develop any property acquired within the Capitol Center District without the prior approval of the Commissioner of Public Works and the State Properties Review Board.

      (1967, P.A. 589, S. 10; P.A. 75-425, S. 17, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 610; P.A. 84-512, S. 8, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 14, 110.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 required approval of public works commissioner and state properties review board as well as of commission; P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 84-512 deleted reference to capitol center commission; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; Sec. 4-24h transferred to Sec. 4b-71 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-72. (Formerly Sec. 4-24i). Acquisition of property within district by Commissioner of Public Works. Subject to the provisions of section 4b-23, the Commissioner of Public Works may acquire by purchase, lease or gift, or by eminent domain in the manner provided by part I of chapter 835, such land, easements or rights-of-way as shall be required for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford within the area described in subsection (a) of section 4b-66.

      (1969, P.A. 286, S. 1; P.A. 75-425, S. 18, 57; P.A. 84-512, S. 9, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 15, 110.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 made section subject to Sec. 4-26b; P.A. 84-512 replaced reference to capitol center commission with reference to administrative services commissioner; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; Sec. 4-24i transferred to Sec. 4b-72 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-73. (Formerly Sec. 4-24j). Relocation of displaced persons. The Commissioner of Public Works may enter into a contract with the city of Hartford for assistance in relocating individuals, families and business concerns not reimbursed for moving costs in a condemnation proceeding and who are not otherwise reimbursed or entitled to reimbursement by the federal government or the state, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 135.

      (1969, P.A. 286, S. 2; P.A. 73-616, S. 2; P.A. 84-512, S. 10, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 16, 110.)

      History: P.A. 73-616 replaced reference to Sec. 8-219 with reference to chapter 135; P.A. 84-512 replaced references to capitol center commission with references to administrative services commissioner; P.A. 87-496 replaced administrative services commissioner with public works commissioner; Sec. 4-24j transferred to Sec. 4b-73 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-74. (Formerly Sec. 4-24k). Approval of building or zoning permits for property within district. For the purpose of preserving the integrity of the Capitol Center District as the central location of the three branches of state government, no building or zoning permit shall be issued by the city of Hartford for any land, building or structure, within the boundaries of the Capitol Center District for a period of ninety days from the date of notification by the city of Hartford to the Department of Public Works of such application for approval of a building or zoning permit without the written approval of the department, except building and zoning permits for any maintenance, improvements, rehabilitation or conversion of existing buildings or structures, whether required or not, not exceeding a gross cost of twenty-five thousand dollars and except permits issued to the city of Hartford itself. Notification of any such application for a building or zoning permit shall be made, on a form prepared and furnished by the department, by the director of licenses and inspections of the city to the Commissioner of Public Works within five days of receipt by the city of such application for a permit. If the department does not grant such written approval, or does not enter into a contract for purchase of the subject property, or does not institute condemnation proceedings leading to its acquisition within the prescribed ninety days, the applicant shall not be bound by the provisions of subsection (a) of section 4b-66 and sections 4b-72 to 4b-74, inclusive. Notification of any such action by the department shall be furnished to said director within five days after such action has been taken by the department and, if the department fails to take any of such actions within the ninety-day period, the department shall inform said director in writing of its failure to institute any of such actions within five days after the expiration of the ninety-day period.

      (1969, P.A. 286, S. 4; P.A. 84-512, S. 11, 30; P.A. 87-496, S. 17, 110.)

      History: P.A. 84-512 replaced references to capitol center commission with references to administrative services department and made minor changes in wording; P.A. 87-496 substituted "public works" for "administrative services" commissioner and department; Sec. 4-24k transferred to Sec. 4b-74 in 1989.

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      Sec. 4b-75. Status report on emergency correctional facility projects. Section 4b-75 is repealed, effective October 1, 2002.

      (P.A. 89-353, S. 6, 8; S.A. 02-12, S. 1.)

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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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      Secs. 4b-77 to 4b-90. Reserved for future use.

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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 or any other public work by the state except a public highway or bridge project or any other construction project administered by the Department of Transportation, which is estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars, except a contract awarded by the Commissioner of Public Works for (1) a community court project, as defined in subsection (j) of section 4b-55, (2) the downtown Hartford higher education center project, as defined in subsection (l) of section 4b-55, (3) a correctional facility project, as defined in subsection (m) of section 4b-55, (4) a juvenile detention center project, as defined in subsection (n) of section 4b-55, or (5) 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, 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 or other public work 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 or other public work 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 notice posted on the State Contracting Portal. Every contract for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building or any other public work by a public agency that is paid for, in whole or in part, with state funds and that is estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars, except a public highway or bridge project or any other construction project administered by the Department of Transportation, shall be awarded to a bidder that is prequalified pursuant to section 4a-100 after the public agency has invited such bids by notice posted on the State Contracting Portal. The Commissioner of Public Works, the joint committee, the constituent unit or the public agency, as the case may be, shall indicate the prequalification classification required for the contract in such notice. As used in this section, "prequalification classification" means the prequalification classifications established by the Commissioner of Administrative Services pursuant to section 4a-100. As used in this section, "public agency" means public agency, as defined in section 1-200.

      (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 not later than ninety 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) No person may bid on a contract or perform work pursuant to a contract that is subject to the provisions of subsection (a) of this section unless the person is prequalified in accordance with section 4a-100.

      (d) Each bid submitted for a contract described in subsection (c) of this section shall include an update bid statement in such form as the Commissioner of Administrative Services prescribes and, if required by the public agency soliciting such bid, a copy of the prequalification certificate issued by the Commissioner of Administrative Services. The form for such update bid 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, if required by the public agency soliciting such bid, and an update bid statement shall be deemed invalid. Any public agency that accepts a bid submitted without a copy of such prequalification certificate, if required by such public agency soliciting such bid, and an update bid statement may become ineligible for the receipt of funds related to such bid.

      (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 bid 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 or any other public work prior to the date that a notice for bids on the project is posted 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) 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.

      (j) On and after October 5, 2009, no person whose subcontract exceeds five hundred thousand dollars in value may perform work as a subcontractor on a project for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building or any other public work by the state or a municipality, except a public highway or bridge project or any other construction project administered by the Department of Transportation, which project 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. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a project described in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section.

      (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; P.A. 06-134, S. 18, 19, 24; P.A. 07-202, S. 7; 07-213, S. 1; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 161.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 required award of bid within 60 days of bid opening rather than previous 90 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 $250,000 rather than $500,000 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 $500,000 for $250,000 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; P.A. 06-134 amended Subsec. (a) to eliminate exception for certain projects undertaken and controlled by The University of Connecticut and made technical changes in both Subsec. (a) and Subsec. (c), effective January 1, 2007, and added new Subsec. (j) re requirement of certain subcontractors to be prequalified, effective October 1, 2007; P.A. 07-202 amended Subsec. (a) to include any other public work by the state and add exception for public highway or bridge projects or any other construction projects administered by Department of Transportation, amended Subsec. (c) to include work performed pursuant to a contract, amended Subsec. (d) to add provision re acceptance of bid without prequalification certificate and update bid statement, and made technical changes, effective July 10, 2007; P.A. 07-213 amended Subsec. (b) to change "within sixty days" to "not later than ninety days" re making of award, effective July 10, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a) to add references to other public work, replace requirement that invitation for bids be inserted in newspapers having circulation in each county with requirement that such invitation be posted on State Contracting Portal, add requirement that contracts be awarded to bidder that is prequalified pursuant to Sec. 4a-100 and define "public agency", amended Subsec. (c) to make a conforming change, amended Subsec. (d) to make requirement of submitting copy of prequalification statement dependent upon discretion of the public agency, amended Subsec. (f) to add reference to any other public work and make technical changes, and amended Subsec. (j) to change October 1, 2007, to October 5, 2009, and add reference to any other public work by the state or municipality, except a public highway or bridge project or any other construction project administered by Department of Transportation, effective October 5, 2009.

      Annotations to former section 4-137a:

      Cited. 191 C. 497.


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      Sec. 4b-92. (Formerly Sec. 4-137b). "Lowest responsible and qualified bidder" defined. Bid bonds, certified checks, when forfeited. As used in this chapter and except as otherwise provided, the words "lowest responsible and qualified bidder" shall mean the bidder who is prequalified pursuant to section 4a-100, and whose bid is the lowest of those bidders possessing the skill, ability and integrity necessary to faithful performance of the work based on objective criteria considering past performance and information contained in the update bid statement submitted pursuant to section 4b-91. Essential information in regard to such qualifications shall be submitted with the bid in such form as the awarding authority may require by specification in the bid documents and on the bid form. Every general bid shall be accompanied by a bid bond or a certified check in an amount which shall be ten per cent of the bid, provided no such bid bond or certified check shall be required in relation to any general bid in which the total estimated cost of labor and materials under the contract with respect to which such general bid is submitted is less than fifty thousand dollars. Failure to execute a contract awarded as specified and bid shall result in the forfeiture of such bid bond or certified check. In considering past performance the awarding authority shall evaluate the skill, ability and integrity of bidders in terms of the bidders' fulfillment of contract obligations and of the bidders' experience or lack of experience with projects of the nature and scope of the project for which the bids are submitted.

      (P.A. 73-528, S. 2, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 2, 11; P.A. 79-490; P.A. 82-358, S. 8, 10; 82-447, S. 2; P.A. 99-75, S. 9; P.A. 03-215, S. 2; P.A. 07-202, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 deleted provision that bidder certify labor to be employed can work harmoniously with others, required objective criteria for judging bidders' qualifications and raised bid bond from 5% to 10% of bid; P.A. 79-490 exempted sub-bidders bidding less than $10,000 in labor and materials costs from bid bond requirement; P.A. 82-358 provided that bid bond or certified check is not required for general bids with estimated cost of labor and materials of less than $10,000 and raised estimated cost relative to sub-bids from $10,000 to $20,000; P.A. 82-447 amended section to eliminate all reference to sub-bidding process and to specify factors for evaluation in considering a contractor's past performance; Sec. 4-137b transferred to Sec. 4b-92 in 1989; P.A. 99-75 substituted $50,000 for $10,000; P.A. 03-215 redefined "lowest responsible and qualified bidder" and substituted "nature and scope" for "size" re projects, effective October 1, 2004; P.A. 07-202 made a technical change, effective July 10, 2007.

      Annotation to former section 4-137b:

      Cited. 191 C. 497.


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      Sec. 4b-93. (Formerly Sec. 4-137c). Contract specifications; subtrades, subcontracts. (a) Every contract subject to this chapter shall include plans and specifications detailing all labor and materials to be furnished thereunder. Such specifications shall have a separate section for each of the following classes of work if, in the estimate of the awarding authority, the class of work will exceed twenty-five thousand dollars: (1) Masonry work; (2) electrical work; (3) mechanical work other than heating, ventilating and air conditioning work; and (4) heating, ventilating and air conditioning work. Such specifications shall also have a separate section for each other class of work for which the awarding authority deems it necessary or convenient.

      (b) Each separate section in the specifications provided for by this section shall specify by number each sheet of plans showing work to be done by the subcontractor under such section, and shall require the subcontractor to install all materials to be furnished by him under such section other than materials which, in the opinion of the awarding authority, it is not customary under current trade practices for such subcontractor to install and the installation of which is expressly required by another section of the specifications. Each class of work set forth in a separate section of the specifications pursuant to this section shall be a subtrade designated in the general bid form and shall be the matter of a subcontract made in accordance with the procedure set forth in this chapter.

      (c) Whenever the awarding authority has designated a separate section for a class of work, under subsection (a) of this section, the general contractor shall, when applicable, state as part of its application for partial payment that it considers the work required to be done under any such separate section to be fully completed in accordance with the terms of the contract. The awarding authority shall thereupon conduct an inspection of the work in such class, and if it finds that such work has been fully completed in accordance with the terms of the contract, it shall issue a statement certifying that such work is accepted as fully completed, and shall pay the general contractor in full for such work.

      (P.A. 73-528, S. 3, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 3, 11; P.A. 79-345; P.A. 82-447, S. 3; P.A. 85-224; P.A. 89-367, S. 1; P.A. 93-30, S. 5, 14.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 deleted architectural woodwork as a specific class of work; P.A. 79-345 divided section into Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c) and provided that structural steel, glass and glazing and miscellaneous metals be considered specific classes of work only if the cost of any of them exceeds $15,000; P.A. 82-447 deleted list of specific classes required to be set out in separate sections of contracts, giving the awarding authority discretionary power to determine which classes of work require separate sections within the contract; P.A. 85-224 added Subsec. (c) re procedures for general contractor to receive payment upon completion of subcontractor's work; Sec. 4-137c transferred to Sec. 4b-93 in 1989; P.A. 89-367 amended Subsec. (a) to require separate section in specifications for any of four classes of work estimated to exceed $25,000; P.A. 93-30 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 1993.

      Annotation to former section 4-137c:

      Cited. 191 C. 497.


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      Sec. 4b-94. (Formerly Sec. 4-137d). Rejection of bids. In inviting bids, the awarding authority shall reserve the right to reject any or all such general bids, if (1) the awarding authority determines that the general bidder or bidders involved are not competent to perform the work as specified, based on objective criteria established for making such determinations, including past performance and financial responsibility, (2) the low bid price exceeds the amount of money available for the project, (3) the awarding authority determines that the project shall not go forward or (4) the awarding authority finds cause to reject such bids. If the awarding authority rejects any or all bids pursuant to this section, it shall notify each affected bidder, in writing, of the reasons for such rejection.

      (P.A. 73-528, S. 4, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 4, 11; P.A. 82-447, S. 4; P.A. 87-254.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 clarified circumstances under which bids may be rejected; P.A. 82-447 amended section to include past performance and financial responsibility among objective criteria and to eliminate references to sub-bids; P.A. 87-254 divided section into Subdivs. and added Subdiv. (4), re a finding of cause to reject bids, and the provision re notice to affected bidders of reasons for rejection; Sec. 4-137d transferred to Sec. 4b-94 in 1989.

      Annotation to former section 4-137d:

      Cited. 191 C. 497.


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      Sec. 4b-95. (Formerly Sec. 4-137e). General bid form requirements. Selection by awarding authority. Subcontractors. (a) The awarding authority shall furnish to every person applying therefor a form for general bid.

      (b) Every general bid submitted for a contract subject to this chapter shall be submitted on a form furnished by the awarding authority. The form provided by the awarding authority shall provide a place for listing the names and prices of subcontractors for the four classes of work specified in subsection (a) of section 4b-93, and for each other class of work included by the awarding authority pursuant to said subsection and state that: (1) The undersigned agrees that if selected as general contractor, he shall, within five days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, after presentation thereof by the awarding authority, execute a contract in accordance with the terms of the general bid; (2) the undersigned agrees and warrants that he has made good faith efforts to employ minority business enterprises as subcontractors and suppliers of materials under such contract and shall provide the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities with such information as is requested by the commission concerning his employment practices and procedures as they relate to the provisions of the general statutes governing contract requirements; and (3) the undersigned agrees that each of the subcontractors listed on the bid form will be used for the work indicated at the amount stated, unless a substitution is permitted by the awarding authority. The awarding authority may require in the bid form that the general contractor agree to perform a stated, minimum percentage of work with his own forces.

      (c) General bids shall be for the complete work as specified and shall include the names of any subcontractors for the four classes of work specified in subsection (a) of section 4b-93, and for each other class of work for which the awarding authority has required a separate section pursuant to said subsection and the dollar amounts of their subcontracts, and the general contractor shall be selected on the basis of such general bids. It shall be presumed that the general bidder intends to perform with its own employees all work in such four classes and such other classes, for which no subcontractor is named. The general bidder's qualifications for performing such work shall be subject to review under section 4b-92. Every general bid which is conditional or obscure, or which contains any addition not called for, shall be invalid; and the awarding authority shall reject every such general bid. The awarding authority shall be authorized to waive minor irregularities which he considers in the best interest of the state, provided the reasons for any such waiver are stated in writing by the awarding authority and made a part of the contract file. No such general bid shall be rejected because of the failure to submit prices for, or information relating to, any item or items for which no specific space is provided in the general bid form furnished by the awarding authority, but this sentence shall not be applicable to any failure to furnish prices or information required by this section to be furnished in the form provided by the awarding authority. General bids shall be publicly opened and read by the awarding authority forthwith. The awarding authority shall not permit substitution of a subcontractor for one named in accordance with the provisions of this section or substitution of a subcontractor for any designated subtrade work bid to be performed by the general contractor's own forces, except for good cause. The term "good cause" includes but is not limited to a subcontractor's or, where appropriate, a general contractor's: (1) Death or physical disability, if the listed subcontractor is an individual; (2) dissolution, if a corporation or partnership; (3) bankruptcy; (4) inability to furnish any performance and payment bond shown on the bid form; (5) inability to obtain, or loss of, a license necessary for the performance of the particular category of work; (6) failure or inability to comply with a requirement of law applicable to contractors, subcontractors, or construction, alteration, or repair projects; (7) failure to perform his agreement to execute a subcontract under section 4b-96.

      (d) The general bid price shall be the price set forth in the space provided on the general bid form. No general bid shall be rejected (1) because of error in setting forth the name of a subcontractor as long as the subcontractor or subcontractors designated are clearly identifiable, or (2) because the plans and specifications do not accompany the bid or are not submitted with the bid. Failure to correctly state a subcontractor's price shall be cause for rejection of the general bidder's bid.

      (e) Any general contractor who violates any provision of this section shall be disqualified from bidding on other contracts that are subject to the provisions of this chapter for a period not to exceed twenty-four months, commencing from the date on which the violation is discovered, for each violation. The awarding authority shall periodically review the general contractor's subcontracts to insure compliance with such provisions, and shall after each such review prepare a written report setting forth its findings and conclusions.

      (P.A. 73-528, S. 5, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 5, 11; P.A. 80-202; P.A. 82-447, S. 5; P.A. 84-412, S. 6, 8; 84-434, S. 1, 2; 84-439; P.A. 85-299; P.A. 87-575, S. 1; P.A. 89-367, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 changed format of Item 2, deleted column for "bonds required-yes/no", placed responsibility for payment of sub-bidders' bonds on sub-bidders rather than on general contractor and deleted requirement for furnishing labor which can work harmoniously with others; P.A. 80-202 omitted second option under C. in Subsec. (e) "... may only be used by the following general bidders ..."; P.A. 82-447 amended section to eliminate references to sub-bids and the form for sub-bids, to require general bidders to list the names of subcontractors and their prices in general bids, to allow awarding authority to require general contractors to perform not less than 25% of the contract work with their own forces and to allow a general contractor to use a substitute subcontractor only under specified conditions; P.A. 84-412 added provision F to the form in Subsec. (b) relative to good faith efforts to employ minority business enterprises; P.A. 84-434 amended Subsec. (c) to prohibit substitution of a subcontractor for subtrade work bid to be performed by general contractor's own forces and added Subsec. (e) permitting disqualification of general contractor for violation of section; P.A. 84-439 amended section to permit general contractor to list subcontract work comprising not more than 5% of the subcontract total without naming subcontractors; P.A. 85-299 amended Subsec. (e) to mandate disqualification for violations and to specify that disqualification period commences on the date when the violation is discovered; P.A. 87-575, in Subsec. (b) repealed general bid form and, in lieu thereof, set forth provisions which awarding authority required to include in form and authorized awarding authority to require in form that general contractor agree to perform stated, minimum percentage of work with own forces, in Subsec. (c) substituted 10% of the "total contract price" for 5% of the "total amount entered in Item 2 of the bid form", authorized awarding authority to waive minor irregularities, and made other changes in Subsecs. (c) and (d) consistent with amendments to Subsec. (b); Sec. 4-137e transferred to Sec. 4b-95 in 1989; P.A. 89-367 amended Subsec. (b) to require form to provide place for listing names and prices of subcontractors for certain classes of work, amended Subsec. (c) to require general bids to include names of subcontractors for certain classes of work, to delete provision allowing general contractor to list subcontract work not in excess of 10% of contract price without naming subcontractor and to add presumption that general bidder intends to perform work in such classes of work for which no subcontractor named and to make general bidder's qualifications for performing such work subject to review under Sec. 4b-92 and to substitute, in Subdiv. (4), "any performance and payment bond shown on the bid form" for "a reasonable performance and payment bond if so requested by the general bidder", and added sentence at end of Subsec. (d) that failure to correctly state a subcontractor's price shall be cause for rejection of general bidder's bid.

      Annotations to former section 4-137e:

      Cited. 191 C. 497, 502.


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      Sec. 4b-95a. Listing of general bidder as a subcontractor on bid form. If a general bidder customarily performs any of the four classes of work specified in subsection (a) of section 4b-93 or any other class of work included by the awarding authority pursuant to said subsection, the general bidder may list himself as a subcontractor together with his price in the space provided in the bid form. A listed sub-bid so submitted by the general bidder shall be considered on a par with other listed sub-bids, and no such sub-bid by a general bidder shall be considered unless the general bidder can show to the satisfaction of the awarding authority, based on objective criteria established for such purpose, that he customarily performs such subtrade work and is qualified to do the character of work required by the applicable section of the specifications.

      (P.A. 89-367, S. 4.)

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      Sec. 4b-96. (Formerly Sec. 4-137g). Subcontract, form. Procedure on failure of subcontractor to execute subcontract. General bidder's responsibilities. Within five days after being notified of the award of a general contract by the awarding authority, or, in the case of an approval of a substitute subcontractor by the awarding authority, within five days after being notified of such approval, the general bidder shall present to each listed or substitute subcontractor (1) a subcontract in the form set forth in this section and (2) a notice of the time limit under this section for executing a subcontract. If a listed subcontractor fails within five days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, after presentation of a subcontract by the general bidder selected as a general contractor, to perform his agreement to execute a subcontract in the form hereinafter set forth with such general bidder, contingent upon the execution of the general contract, the general contractor shall select another subcontractor, with the approval of the awarding authority. When seeking approval for a substitute subcontractor, the general bidder shall provide the awarding authority with all documents showing (A) the general bidder's proper presentation of a subcontract to the listed subcontractor and (B) communications to or from such subcontractor after such presentation. The awarding authority shall adjust the contract price to reflect the difference between the amount of the price of the new subcontractor and the amount of the price of the listed subcontractor if the new subcontractor's price is lower and may adjust such contract price if the new subcontractor's price is higher. The general bidder shall, with respect to each listed subcontractor or approved substitute subcontractor, file with the awarding authority a copy of each executed subcontract within ten days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, of presentation of a subcontract to such subcontractor. The subcontract shall be in the following form:

SUBCONTRACT

      THIS AGREEMENT made this .... of 20.., by and between .... a corporation organized and existing under the laws of .... a partnership consisting of .... an individual doing business as .... hereinafter called the "Contractor" and .... a corporation organized and existing under the laws of .... a partnership consisting of .... an individual doing business as .... hereinafter called the "Subcontractor",

      WITNESSETH that the Contractor and the Subcontractor for the considerations hereafter named, agree as follows:

      1. The Subcontractor agrees to furnish all labor and materials required for the completion of all work specified in Section No. .... of the specifications for .... (Name of Subtrade) .... and the plans referred to therein and addenda No. ...., and .... for the (Complete title of project and the project number taken from the title page of the specifications) .... all as prepared by .... (Name of Architect or Engineer) .... for the sum of .... ($....) and the Contractor agrees to pay the Subcontractor said sum for said work. This price includes the following alternates:

      Supplemental No. (s) ...., ...., ...., ...., ...., ...., ...., ....

      (a) The Subcontractor agrees to be bound to the Contractor by the terms of the hereinbefore described plans, specifications (including all general conditions stated therein which apply to his trade) and addenda No. ...., ...., ...., and ...., and ...., and to assume to the Contractor all the obligations and responsibilities that the Contractor by those documents assumes to the .... (Awarding Authority) ...., hereinafter called the "Awarding Authority", except to the extent that provisions contained therein are by their terms or by law applicable only to the Contractor.

      (b) The Contractor agrees to be bound to the Subcontractor by the terms of the hereinbefore described documents and to assume to the Subcontractor all the obligations and responsibilities that the Awarding Authority by the terms of the hereinbefore described documents assumes to the Contractor, except to the extent that provisions contained therein are by their terms or by law applicable only to the Awarding Authority.

      2. The Contractor agrees to begin, prosecute and complete the entire work specified by the Awarding Authority in an orderly manner so that the Subcontractor will be able to begin, prosecute and complete the work described in this subcontract; and, in consideration thereof, upon notice from the Contractor, either oral or in writing, the Subcontractor agrees to begin, prosecute and complete the work described in this Subcontract in an orderly manner in accordance with completion schedules prescribed by the general contractor for each subcontract work item, based on consideration to the date or time specified by the Awarding Authority for the completion of the entire work.

      3. The Subcontractor agrees to furnish to the Contractor, within a reasonable time after the execution of this subcontract, evidence of workers' compensation insurance as required by law and evidence of public liability and property damage insurance of the type and in limits required to be furnished to the Awarding Authority by the Contractor.

      4. The Contractor agrees that no claim for services rendered or materials furnished by the Contractor to the Subcontractor shall be valid unless written notice thereof is given by the Contractor to the Subcontractor during the first forty (40) days following the calendar month in which the claim originated.

      5. This agreement is contingent upon the execution of a general contract between the Contractor and the Awarding Authority for the complete work.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this agreement the day and year first above-written.

SEAL
ATTEST
....

.... (Name of Subcontractor) ....
By: ....

SEAL
ATTEST
....

.... (Name of Subcontractor) ....
By: ....

      (P.A. 73-528, S. 9, 12; P.A. 74-246, S. 8, 11; P.A. 79-376, S. 2; P.A. 80-483, S. 14, 186; P.A. 82-447, S. 6; P.A. 89-367, S. 3; P.A. 93-30, S. 6, 14.)

      History: P.A. 74-246 included general contractor in selection process for sub-bidders upon failure of sub-bidder to meet any deadline, added provision for completion of subcontracts according to general contractor's completion schedules in (b)2. and changed from 10 to 40 days the time period for notifying subcontractor of claims by contractor in (b)4.; P.A. 79-376 changed "workmen's" compensation to "workers'" compensation; P.A. 80-483 made technical changes; P.A. 82-447 amended section to eliminate references to sub-bids and to include requirement of adjustment of contract price in case of substitution of subcontractor; Sec. 4-137g transferred to Sec. 4b-96 in 1989; P.A. 89-367 added provisions re presentation by general bidder of subcontract and notice to subcontractors, requiring general bidder to provide documents to awarding authority when seeking approval for substitute subcontractor and requiring general bidder to file copy of executed subcontract with awarding authority; P.A. 93-30 clarified reference to 40-day period in paragraph 4. of subcontract form, effective July 1, 1993; (Revisor's note: In 2001 the reference in this section to the date "19.." was changed editorially by the Revisors to "20.." to reflect the new millennium).

      Annotations to former section 4-137g:

      Cited. 191 C. 497.

      Arbitrator's award contravened the statute and the public policy behind it and was thus rendered in excess of arbitrator's powers and was unenforceable. 6 CA 438.


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      Sec. 4b-97. (Formerly Sec. 4-126c). Arbitration of public works contracts. Section 4b-97 is repealed.

      (P.A. 73-228; P.A. 75-567, S. 58, 80; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 87-140; 87-496, S. 27, 110; P.A. 90-95, S. 2; P.A. 91-284, S. 3, 4.)

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      Secs. 4b-98, 4b-98a and 4b-99. Definitions. Large public building projects; bidding procedures, contracts and payrolls. Construction management services; invitation of responses and contracts for; regulations. Sections 4b-98, 4b-98a and 4b-99 are repealed, effective June 6, 1996.

      (P.A. 92-228, S. 1-3, 9; P.A. 96-235, S. 18, 19.)

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      Sec. 4b-100. Regulations. (a) The Commissioner of Public Works shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of sections 4b-91 to 4b-100, inclusive. Such regulations shall include (1) objective criteria for evaluating the qualifications of bidders, (2) objective criteria for evaluating proposals, and (3) the procedures for evaluating bids after the prequalification status of the bidder has been verified.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Works shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing a procedure for promptly hearing and ruling on claims alleging a violation or violations of sections 4b-91 to 4b-100, inclusive. Such claims may be initiated by the Department of Public Works or any party whose financial interests may be affected by the decision on such a claim.

      (P.A. 89-367, S. 5; P.A. 03-215, S. 7; P.A. 04-141, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 03-215 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (b) and inserted Subsec. (a) re regulations to implement Secs. 4b-91 to 4b-100, effective October 1, 2004; P.A. 04-141 amended Subsec. (a) to add requirement that regulations include objective criteria for evaluating projects as new Subdiv. (2) and to redesignate existing Subdiv. (2) as Subdiv. (3).

      Subsec. (b):

      Neither the competitive bidding statutes nor the regulations promulgated by Department of Public Works require department to hold a hearing to address alleged violations of bidding process for public building contracts. 282 C. 764.


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      Sec. 4b-100a. Construction services award panels. Screening, interview and selection of contractors. Memoranda re selection. Regulations. (a) The Department of Public Works shall establish construction services award panels which shall each consist of six members. Three of such members shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Works, shall be current employees of the Department of Public Works and shall serve only for deliberations involving the project for which such members are appointed. Two members shall be appointed by the department head of the user agency and one member shall be a neutral party appointed by the commissioner.

      (b) A panel established pursuant to this section shall not be deemed to be a board or commission within the meaning of section 4-9a. Such panels shall be the award panels for any contract for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building for the state pursuant to subsection (g) of section 4b-91 and section 4b-24.

      (c) For each applicable contract, the commissioner shall designate one panel to screen all submitted proposals and establish a list of bidders to be interviewed and shall designate a separate panel consisting of different members to interview bidders on the list and submit a list of recommended contractors to the commissioner ranked in order of preference with the most qualified bidder listed first.

      (d) The commissioner shall designate one voting member on each panel to serve as chairperson. The chairperson shall moderate the committee, collect votes and compile the results.

      (e) Each award panel shall prepare a memorandum on the selection process indicating (1) how the evaluation criteria were applied by each panel member to determine the most qualified firms, (2) the ranking of each bidder by each panel member which shall be available to the public after execution of the contract with the selected contractor, and (3) a certification by each panel member that the selection of the most qualified firm was not the result of collusion, the giving of a gift or the promise of a gift, compensation, fraud or inappropriate influence from any person.

      (f) The commissioner shall select a contractor from among the list of firms submitted by the award panel that interviewed the contractors. After the commissioner has made a selection, the names of the contractor firms submitted to the commissioner shall be available to the public upon request. In the event the commissioner does not select the most qualified bidder listed by the awards panel, the commissioner shall prepare a written explanation of the commissioner's decision. The commissioner shall also prepare a memorandum on the final phase of the selection process, indicating how the commissioner applied the evaluation criteria to determine the successful bidder. Such memorandum shall include a certification by the commissioner that the commissioner's selection of the successful bidder was not the result of collusion, the giving of a gift or the promise of a gift, compensation, fraud or undue pressure from any person and shall be available to the public after execution of the contract with the selected contractor.

      (g) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

      (P.A. 03-215, S. 8; P.A. 04-141, S. 6; P.A. 07-213, S. 16.)

      History: P.A. 03-215 effective October 1, 2004; P.A. 04-141 amended Subsec. (c) to require that list of contractors submitted to the commissioner be ranked in order of preference with the most qualified bidder listed first, amended Subsec. (e) to add Subdiv. designators, provisions re application of criteria and ranking of bidders by each panel member and provision re certification of no collusion or gift giving during the selection of the most qualified firm, designated provisions in Subsec. (e) re selection of contractor by commissioner as new Subsec. (f) and amended said Subsec. by adding provisions re written explanation of decision and certification by commissioner and replacing "most qualified firm" with "successful bidder", and redesignated existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g); P.A. 07-213 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that members appointed by commissioner serve only for deliberations involving the project for which the member is appointed, eliminate provisions re the term for such members and commissioner's authority to fill vacancies on the panel and make technical changes, and made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 10, 2007.

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      Sec. 4b-101. Information re contractors and subcontractors to be provided to Commissioner of Revenue Services. The commissioner of each state agency authorized to contract for the construction or alteration of buildings under section 4b-1 or 4b-51 shall provide to the Commissioner of Revenue Services a complete list of all contractors and subcontractors doing work on any such construction or alteration project, if available, and the contractors' and subcontractors' (1) Connecticut tax registration numbers and (2) federal Social Security account numbers or federal employer identification numbers or both, if available, before making final payment on the project.

      (June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11, S. 30, 65.)

      History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11 effective July 1, 1997.

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      Sec. 4b-101a. Awarding authorities to prepare report on status of certain projects and property management contracts. When. (a) Not later than January 1, 2006, and annually thereafter, each awarding authority, other than a municipality, shall prepare a report on the status of (1) any ongoing project for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building which is estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars and is paid for, in whole or in part, with state funds, or (2) any property management contract awarded by the Department of Public Works which has an annual value of one hundred thousand dollars or more. Except for a school construction project, the awarding authority shall submit the report to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration and finance, revenue and bonding. The report shall be submitted in accordance with section 11-4a. The first report submitted after a contract is awarded shall indicate: (A) When, where and how the request for bids was advertised; (B) who bid on the projects; (C) the provisions of law that governed the award of the contract and if there were any deviations from standard procedure in awarding the contract; (D) the names of the individuals who had decision-making authority in awarding the contract, including, but not limited to, the individuals who served on any award panel; (E) if an award panel was used, whether the recommendation of the panel was followed and, if applicable, the reason why such recommendation was not followed; (F) whether the awarding authority has any other contracts with the contractor who was awarded the contract, and if so, the nature and value of the contract; and (G) any provisions of law that authorized or funded the project.

      (b) The University of Connecticut shall not be required to submit a report pursuant to this section for any project, as defined in subdivision (16) of section 10a-109c, that is undertaken and controlled by the university.

      (P.A. 03-215, S. 6; P.A. 04-141, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 03-215 effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 04-141 amended Subsec. (a) to extend the date for reports by awarding authorities from January 1, 2004, to January 1, 2006, to except municipalities from the reporting requirement and to except school construction projects from the requirement that reports be submitted to the Governor and government administration and finance committees of the General Assembly.

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      Sec. 4b-102. Bidding for certain construction contracts for the Connecticut State University System. (a) With respect to any construction contract that is to be publicly let other than those projects administered under section 4b-52, the Department of Public Works, on behalf of the Connecticut State University System, may identify a list of potentially responsible qualified bidders for the particular contract. The Commissioner of Public Works shall give notice to those on the list of the work required and of the invitation to prequalify. The invitation to prequalify shall contain such information as the commissioner deems appropriate and a notice of the due date and address to send responses. Upon receipt of such responses, the Department of Public Works shall select each bidder that demonstrated the ability to post surety bonds required by such contract and the financial, managerial and technical ability and integrity necessary, without conflict of interest, for faithful and efficient performance of the work provided for in the contract. The commissioner shall evaluate whether a bidder is responsible and qualified. "Responsible and qualified bidder" shall mean the bidder who possesses the skill, ability and integrity necessary to faithful performance of the work based on objective criteria considering past performance and financial responsibility. In considering past performance the commissioner shall evaluate the skill, ability and integrity of bidders in terms of the bidders' fulfillment of contract obligations and the bidders' experience or lack of experience with projects of the size of the project for which bids are submitted.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Works shall give notice to bidders prequalified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section of the time and place where the public letting shall occur and shall include in the notice such information concerning the required work as appropriate. Each bid shall be kept sealed until opened publicly at the time and place as set forth in the notice soliciting such bid. The commissioner shall not award any construction contract after public letting, except to the responsible qualified bidder, submitting the lowest bid in compliance with the bid requirements. The commissioner may waive any minor irregularity in a bid, and may either reject all bids and again advertise for bids, or, if he deems it advisable, negotiate with other contractors who submitted bids in ascending order of bid prices without change in the contract, specifications, plans and other requirements.

      (c) The invitation to bid on the construction contract awarded by the Commissioner of Public Works pursuant to this section shall contain such other terms and conditions and such provisions for penalties, as the commissioner deems appropriate.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Works shall require, for the protection of the state and the Connecticut State University System, such deposits, bonds and security in connection with the submission of bids, the awarding of construction contracts and the performance of work as the commissioner determines appropriate and in the public interest of the state.

      (P.A. 97-293, S. 6, 26.)

      History: P.A. 97-293 effective July 1, 1997.

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      Sec. 4b-103. Construction manager at-risk project delivery contracts. (a) In order to carry out any provision of this title for the construction, renovation or alteration of buildings or facilities, the Commissioner of Public Works may enter into a construction manager at-risk project delivery contract.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Works shall not enter into a construction manager at-risk project delivery contract that does not provide for a maximum guaranteed price for the cost of construction that shall be determined not later than the time of the receipt and approval by the commissioner of the trade contractor bids. Each construction manager at-risk shall invite bids and give notice of opportunities to bid on project elements, by advertising, at least once, in one or more newspapers having general circulation in the state. Each bid shall be kept sealed until opened publicly at the time and place as set forth in the notice soliciting such bid. The construction manager at-risk shall, after consultation with and approval by the commissioner, award any related contracts for project elements to the responsible qualified contractor submitting the lowest bid in compliance with the bid requirements, provided (1) the construction manager at-risk shall not be eligible to submit a bid for any such project element, and (2) construction shall not begin prior to the determination of the maximum guaranteed price, except for the project elements of site preparation and demolition that have been previously put out to bid and awarded.

      (P.A. 06-134, S. 21.)

      History: P.A. 06-134 effective July 1, 2006.

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      Secs. 4b-104 to 4b-129. Reserved for future use.

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