Design and Construction Contracting Seminar

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

The course 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.

  • Prerequisite: Public Contracting Overview or Charter School Procurement
  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Instructional Method: Group-Live
  • Advanced Prep: None

Course dates and locations:
October 3, 4, 5, 2017, Boston, MA
December 6, 7, 8, 2017, Boston, MA
December 6, 7, 8, 2017, COMM Fire District, Centerville, MA (videoconference)
December 12, 13, 14, 2017, UMass Amherst

Seminar 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, § 39M
  • The roles of the owner, designer, contractor and construction manager
  • The major stages of a public construction project
  • Feasibility studies and project planning
  • Prequalification procedures
  • Qualifications-based selection of designers
  • Evaluating and selecting architects and engineers
  • Baselines for performance in a design contract
  • The contractor and sub-contractor certification process
  • Alternative construction methods under M.G.L. c. 149A
  • Filed sub-bidding
  • 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


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