The Designers Procedures Manual defines and describes the Designer's contractual tasks and obligations. These tasks encompass all project phases from the award of the contract for study through the occupancy of the facility by the User Agency.

The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is committed to a fair and equitable relationship with the Designer. DCAMM will compensate the Designer for all work received, support the Designer's professional goals, and, in return, expect the Designer to adhere to the guidelines in this document and provide the industry's highest standard of service. As a public entity, DCAMM is committed to buildings that incorporate universal access, sustainable design and energy efficiency.

Sections concerning Design Phases cover three main categories: the process the Designer uses to gather, disseminate and review information; the product, which is the information the Designer must deliver in specified format to proceed through the milestones; and the performance, DCAMM's evaluation of the Designer's and consultant's performance. During each phase of design, progress workshops will be scheduled to determine the following: resolution of the areas and adjacencies; building components and quality; the construction cost; and adherence to the schedule. Checklists are included at the completion of each phase to aid the Designer, the User Agency and DCAMM staff in the review process.

The Designers Procedures Manual was significantly updated in August 2008 to provide new and revised procedural and contractual requirements.

Any comments or suggestions to improve the process presented in this manual is appreciated. Comments may be e-mailed to Brian Novak, Deputy Director at brian.novak@state.ma.us

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