The CSU is required to prequalify prospective bidders for any Board of Trustees-managed major capital outlay project, regardless of funding. The CSU may elect to require bidders to prequalify for minor capital outlay projects. CPDC's Construction Services division performs the prequalification of bidders to best comply with Public Contract Code Section 10761, which requires the Trustees to adopt and apply a uniform system of rating bidders.
Applicants are required to complete a standard questionnaire online in PlanetBids in which they provide specific information such as license, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Public Works Registration Number, safety data, project experience (from which reference checks are secured), and a current audited financial statement. Per California Public Contract Code Section 10763, the on-line questionnaires, questionnaire reference responses, and financial statements are not public records and are not open to public inspection.
Once the application has been reviewed and reference checks returned, CPDC's Prequalification Administrator approves the application and assigns a rating for the applicant. The database then electronically issues the applicant an approval letter.
Contractors submitting a request for prequalification should review both the Prequalification Procedures and Prequalification Instructions prior to submitting the on-line application.
If two or more prospective bidders wish to bid a project as a joint venture (JV):
The campus may impose or require a project-specific prequalification or technical prequalification to complement the standard requirements to ensure potential bidders have the special experience necessary for a specific project.
When special or technical prequalification requirements are used, the campus shall so state in the Notice to Contractors and expand upon in the Division One. The campus should use caution in implementing these special, technical prequalification documents, because this requirement will eliminate some competition and may result in too few bidders. Statutes promote competition. CPDC's Prequalification Administrator will perform this service for the campus; contact the
Prequalification Administrator for more information.
The Trustees' systemwide financial prequalification is not applicable to subcontractors. For CM at Risk, Collaborative Design-Build and Design-Build projects it is mandatory for the Construction Manager (CM) or Design-Builder (DB) to prequalify its major trades (mechanical, electrical, plumbing or other trade whose subcontract value is equal to or greater than five percent (5%) of the overall construction cost). The CM and DB administer the prequalification and keep the Trustees involved by transmitting to them lists of qualified trade contractors.
CPDC has implemented a technical subcontractor prequalification for large, technical projects. Generally, mechanical, electrical or plumbing trades are the only trades to be prequalified, but campuses may elect to prequalify other trades, such as food services or swimming pools.
The CPDC Prequalification Administrator will perform this service for the campuses. When a campus requires a subcontractor prequalification, the campus shall so state this requirement in the Notice to Contractors and expand upon this requirement in Division One. Once the subcontractors are prequalified, the campus shall issue an addendum that identifies the prequalified contractors by trade. Bidders may only use subcontractors from this listing.
When preparing to advertise the project using the appropriate Notice to Contractors form for the appropriate project delivery method, campuses shall e-mail the Notices to Contractors to the Prequalification Administrator prior to advertising.
The campus is responsible for including in the project advertisement the systemwide financial prequalification and any project-specific or technical prequalification requirements. In consultation with the Prequalification Administrator, the campus shall draft the supplemental/technical prequalification application, include it in the specification and post the application online for bidder access.
Campus shall not furnish proposal forms to any bidder who is required to submit and has not submitted the on-line application for prequalification and been prequalified for at least one day prior to the date fixed for publicly opening sealed bids.
The campus shall not post the project's bid proposal package online unless it has a "sample" overlay, at least for the bid proposal form, in accordance with
Public Contract Code Section 10764.