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Design and Construction Contracting

This 3-day class is tailored to public employees 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 prior to enrollment. Design and Construction Contracting concludes with an exam.

Class dates:
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Registration closes 2 weeks before a class starts
Blackboard login details will be emailed to registrants

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 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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