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Design and Construction Contracting

This 3-day class is tailored to public officials involved in the design and construction of public buildings and public works.

The class will cover practical applications and effective strategies for procuring and administering these contracts. Participants must have successfully completed Public Contracting Overview or Charter School Procurement prior to enrollment. Design and Construction Contracting concludes with a written examination.

Class dates:
September 16-18, 2019, Boston, MA
September 16-18, 2019, Centerville, MA (videoconference)
September 16-18, 2019, Lowell, MA (videoconference)
October 2-4, Amherst, MA
December 17-19, 2019. Boston, MA

Boston: Office of the Inspector General, One Ashburton Pl., Room 1306, Boston, MA 02108
Centerville: COMMFire District, 1875 Falmouth Rd., Route 28, Centerville, MA 02632
Lowell: UMass Lowell, Recreation Center, 322 Aiken Street, Room 111, Lowell, MA 01854
Amherst: UMass Amherst, The Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room, 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA 01003

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.




  • Procuring construction contracts under M.G.L. c. 149 and M.G.L. c. 30, ยง 39M
  • The roles of the owner, designer, contractor and construction manager
  • The major stages of a public construction project
  • Qualifications-based selection of designers
  • Feasibility studies and project planning
  • Baselines for performance in a design contract
  • The contractor and sub-contractor certification process
  • Filed sub-bidding
  • Prequalification procedures
  • Alternative construction methods under M.G.L. c. 149A
  • The objectives and importance of contract administration
  • Contract terms that help protect your jurisdiction
  • Keys to effective communication on construction projects
  • Strategies for avoiding disputes with contractors
  • Evaluating designers and contractors
  • Special issues in construction
  • Prevailing wage law enforcement

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