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Designer Selection Procedures

Policy FE

Adopted: February 6, 2014
Amended: N/A

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The Massachusetts Designer Selection Law, Chapter 7c, Sections 44-57, applies to the selection of designers on projects related to public building construction, reconstruction, renovation, alteration, remodeling, and repair projects for which the estimated costs exceeds $100,000 and the design fee is equal to or more than $10,000.

The Town of Hopkinton’s Designer Selection Procedures delegate to the School Committee the authority to conduct designer selection activities on projects with an estimated construction cost under $500,000 or the estimated design fee associated with a project is under $50,000. In these instances, the School Committee shall appoint a designer selection board to be comprised of the Superintendent of Schools, the Director of Finance & Operations, the Director of Buildings & Grounds, a Building Principal, and another individual with expertise in the type of construction to be undertaken. This group shall be responsible for undertaking the steps required by the Massachusetts Designer Selection Law, Chapter 7c, sections 44-57, to arrive at a recommended designer to be considered for approval by the School
Committee.

The Town of Hopkinton’s Designer Selection Procedures also allow the School Committee to petition the Board of Selectmen for authority to conduct designer selection activities on projects with costs greater than the above-mentioned thresholds on a case by case basis. If the School Committee, by majority vote, shall make such a request and it be approved by a majority of the Board of Selectmen, the process of procuring a designer shall be conducted as outlined in the previous paragraph.

Legal References:

Massachusetts Designer Selection Law, Chapter 7c, Sections 44-57

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