Substitute Senate Bill No. 1073

Special Act No. 2

An Act Concerning Fort Trumbull.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. As used in sections 1 to 4, inclusive, of this act:

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

(2) "Consultant" means (A) any architect, professional engineer, landscape architect, land surveyor, accountant, interior designer, environmental professional or construction administrator, who is registered or licensed to practice his or her profession in accordance with the applicable provisions of the general statutes, or (B) any planner, construction manager or financial specialist;

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

(4) "Fort Trumbull project" means a project to renovate and improve the Fort Trumbull facility and surrounding structures located in New London; and

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

Sec. 2. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, whenever consultant services are required for the Fort Trumbull project, the commissioner may select and interview at least three consultants or firms and may 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. Such contract shall not be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

Sec. 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of part II of chapter 60 of the general statutes concerning competitive bidding procedures or any other provision of the general statutes, in the case of the Fort Trumbull project, the commissioner may select and interview at least three responsible and qualified general contractors and may negotiate with any one of such contractors a contract which is both fair and reasonable to the state. Any general contractor awarded a contract pursuant to this section shall be subject to the same requirements concerning the furnishing of bonds as a contractor awarded a contract pursuant to subsection (a) of section 4b-91 of the general statutes.

Sec. 4. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any regulation, a general contractor who enters into negotiations with the state pursuant to section 3 of this act shall submit an affirmative action plan to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities not later than five days after the start of such contract negotiations.

Approved April 7, 1999