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D. Award

Awarding Phase 2 Contracts


Award of Design-Build agreements: Campus to review GMP package and report costs relative to budget. Print out a report from the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) online contractor license database. This will verify that the Contractor has a current license and also provides Contractor's legal name

Check to be sure the Contractor's name as per CSLB matches the name onthe prequalification letter and on the agreement forms; contractors may use DBAs. If the contractor uses a DBA, all documents should reflect the full name (e.g., "A. Teichert & Son, Inc. dba Teichert Construction).

Joint Venture (JV): Be aware that the names of all JVs should also be checked against the license. These firms are prequalified individually, using their individual licenses, not as a JV. The CSU Prequalification Administrator may not be aware of the JV at the time of prequalification. 

Business and Professions Code, Section 7029.1, requires that the license of the JV be in place at the time of award. For example, "McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. " and "Clark Construction Group California LP " have prequalified individually and possess a JV license in the name of "Clark/McCarthy A Joint Venture."

Debarment (DIR): Access following Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) website to confirm that the low bidder is not on the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement list of debarred contractors.

Approval: The Construction Administrator submits the package to the approving authority, per the campus management plan, for review and approval. If the package is complete and acceptable, the approving authority signs the Approival to Award memo in the place indicated on the form.

Notice of Intent to Accept Bid / Proposal Letter: The Contract/Construction Administrator shall use the Notice of Intent to Award Letter.

Notice of Intent to Award Proposal Letter: This letter, signed by the approving authority, transmits to the Contractor for signature the Contract Documents, which include:

  • agreement form (Phase 1, Phase 2 or Construction Award)
  • performance & payment bonds (not required for a Phase 1 Design agreement)
  • certificatio
  • the payee data record (STD204)

When the Contractor returns all counterparts of the contract documents, the, Construction Administrator reviews them as follows:

  • All counterparts are signed by the Contractor and the Contractor has supplied the license and tax ID number, which is also on the STD 204 form to be returned with the contract.
  • The certification form is appropriately filled out with the Contractor indicating its business type and with attachment required documentation authorizing signer to execute the contract.
  • Ensure insurance coverage is correct.
  • Ensure bonds are completely and correctly executed for each of the contract counterparts and that sureties are admitted sureties in California. (Go to www.insurance.ca.gov, select Company Profiles and search and print out a company profile for the surety.)
  • Check that insurers' AM Best rating is no less than A:VII by accessing AM Best's website (www.ambest.com) and search/print out a copy of Best's Rating.

Once the Construction Administrator is satisfied that all contract documents are in order, s/he then routes them internally for all appropriate signatures, including Accounting, and then forwards the agreement package of contract documents and agreement certification form to the CSU Office of General Counsel for signature. The Office of General Counsel Counsel may also wish to review the contract specifications.


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CSU Builders Risk Insurance Program (BRIP)


CSU Risk Management Authority (CSURMA), CPDC and Alliant established the BRIP for all major capital outlay projects and this program includes builders' risk insurance and self-insurance for earthquake coverage. 

A builders' risk policy is not a liability policy; it is a policy covering property (i.e. structures and building materials). Contractors bid the project without this coverage and are responsible for the deductibles. Maximum coverage is $50,000,000 per occurrence, in excess of the deductibles.

Enrollment: Campuses must enroll their projects to obtain builders' risk insurance coverage by submitting an application contained in the Construction Insurance database on the MetaBIM website. The optimum time to enroll the project into the BRIP database is when Construction Administrator/Campus advertises the project. Once Notice to Proceed (NTP) is issued, the Construction Administrator must update the database online and upload the NTP.

Approval of Enrollment: Chancellor's Office Construction Management staff will review and approve all enrollments.

CPDC Invoicing of Premiums: CPDC will invoice all projects for the initial BRIP premium, taxes and fees, and the seismic fund (self-insurance program*) at the end of the quarter in which the project is enrolled. For projects with a construction cost greater than or equal to $5,000,000 upon enrollment, CPDC will invoice the final premium amount due after the project is complete and the coverage has been closed. Projects with a construction cost of less than $5,000,000 will not be invoiced a second time when the coverage has been closed.

Updates: The Construction Administrator is responsible for updating the project during construction to adjust the completion date as necessary and the contract amount and construction cost. 

Builders Risk Application: The campus shall enroll the project in BRIP concurrent with the award of the phase 2 contract. The following project classifications will require special approval by the insurance carrier. For these projects, campuses shall submit the Builders Risk Application to Alliant:

  1. Any project greater than $100,000,000
  2. Wood-framed or hybrid-construction projects with awards greater than $10,000,000
  3. Joisted masonry construction projects with awards of $25,000,000 or more
  4. Structural renovation projects
  5. All other construction

Examples of structural alterations include: 

  • work such as moving or removal of load-bearing walls or supports
  • the installation of new stairwells or elevator shafts within a building
  • the construction of additional stories on top of an existing structure
  • foundation work/underpinning
  • the restoration of buildings
  • structures damaged by fire, windstorm, collapse, or other work of similar nature

*CSU Construction Project Seismic Fund: Per Public Contract Code Section 7105(a)  "Construction contracts of public agencies shall not require the contractor to be responsible for the cost of repairing or restoring damage to the work, which damage is determined to have been proximately caused by an act of God, in excess of 5 percent of the contracted amount, provided that the work damaged is built in accordance with accepted and applicable building standards and the plans and specifications of the awarding authority."

Public Contract Code 7105(b)(2) " "Acts of God " shall include only the following occurrences or conditions and effects: earthquakes in excess of a magnitude 3.5 on the Richter Scale and tidal waves. " Refer to Contract General Conditions, Insurance Requirements.

CPDC established the Seismic Fund to cover the five (5) percent of the contracted amount in the event of earthquake or tidal wave. When a campus enrolls the project into the BRIP online, they will see the amount allotted for the Seismic Fund (each project contributes 0.1% of the Construction Cost to the Seismic Fund). CPDC will collect this contribution with the initial BRIP premium invoice.


CSU Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP)


CSU Risk Management Authority (CSURMA), CPDC and Alliant established the OCIP, which is required for all major capital outlay projects with a construction cost of $10 million or more. This program includes the following coverages: workers' compensation, employers' liability, commercial general liability, professional liability, and contractors' pollution liability.

Enrollment: A campus shall contact Alliant prior to bidding, or the RFQ / RFP process, in order to assure that all appropriate documentation is included in the bid packages. A campus shall invite Alliant to the pre-bid or pre-proposal meeting to explain participation to the bidders/proposers and will enroll their projects in the OCIP program well before the start of construction by submitting a CSU OCIP Project Identification Sheet to Alliant, which may be found on the OCIP website. The campus shall complete final project enrollment in OCIP concurrent with the award of the phase 2 contract.


  • Contract General Conditions, Insurance Section

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