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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 and locations:
February 5, 6, 7, 2019, Boston, MA
May 28, 29, 30, 2019, Boston, MA
May 28, 29, 30, 2019, Haverhill, MA (videoconference)

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

Class participants may earn 20 CPE credits or may qualify for 20 PDPs

$695 Government and non-profit employees
$850 All other attendees


Topics covered include:

  • 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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