Definitions for Alternative Contracting Methods
(1)Affiliate has the meaning set forth in ORS 279C.332 (Definitions for ORS 279A.065, 279C.307, 279C.335, 279C.337 and 279C.380)(1).
(2)Alternative Contracting Methods means innovative techniques for procuring or performing Public Improvement Contracts, utilizing processes other than the traditional methods involved in the design-bid-build construction contracting method (with Award of a Public Improvement Contract based solely on price, in which a final design is issued with formal Bid documents, construction Work is obtained by sealed Bid Awarded to the Responsible Bidder submitting the lowest Responsive Bid, and the project is built in accordance with those documents). In industry practice, such methods commonly include variations of Design-Build contracting, CM/GC forms of contracting and ESPCs, which are specifically addressed in these OAR 137-049-0600 (Purpose) to 137-049-0690 (Construction Manager/General Contractor Services (“CM/GC Services”)) rules. These methods also include other developing techniques, which include but are not limited to general “performance contracting,” “cost plus time” contracting (as more particularly described in ORS 279C.332 (Definitions for ORS 279A.065, 279C.307, 279C.335, 279C.337 and 279C.380)(3)(b)(D)(iii)(I)) and “qualifications plus project approach” contracting (as more particularly described in ORS 279C.332 (Definitions for ORS 279A.065, 279C.307, 279C.335, 279C.337 and 279C.380)(3)(b)(D)(iii)(II)). Procedural requirements for these methods are identified in these OAR 137-049-0600 (Purpose) to 137-049-0690 (Construction Manager/General Contractor Services (“CM/GC Services”)) rules, when a Contracting Agency uses an Alternative Contracting Method in a procurement that requires an exemption from competitive bidding under ORS 279C.335 (Competitive bidding)(2) or in an ESPC procurement that is excepted from competitive bidding under ORS 279.335(1).
(3)Construction Manager/General Contractor (or “CM/GC”) has the meaning set forth in ORS 279C.332 (Definitions for ORS 279A.065, 279C.307, 279C.335, 279C.337 and 279C.380)(2).
(4)Construction Manager/General Contractor Method (or “CM/GC Method”) means the Alternative Contracting Method which involves a Contracting Agency’s selection of a CM/GC to perform CM/GC Services for a project or projects.
(5)Construction Manager/General Contractor Services (or “CM/GC Services”) has the meaning set forth in ORS 279C.332 (Definitions for ORS 279A.065, 279C.307, 279C.335, 279C.337 and 279C.380)(3).
(6)Design-Build means a form of Procurement that results in a Public Improvement Contract in which the construction Contractor also provides or obtains specified design services, participates on the project team with the Contracting Agency, and manages both design and construction. In this form of Contract, a single Person provides the Contracting Agency with all of the Personal Services and construction Work necessary to both design and construct the project.
(7)Early Work means construction services, construction materials and other Work authorized by the parties to be performed under the CM/GC Contract in advance of the establishment of the GMP, fixed price or other maximum, not-to-exceed price for the project. Permissible Early Work shall be limited to early procurement of materials and supplies, early release of bid or proposal packages for site development and related activities, and any other advance Work related to important components of the project for which performance prior to establishment of the GMP will materially and positively affect the development or completion of the project.
(8)Energy Conservation Measures (or “ECMs”) (also known as “energy efficiency measures”) means, as used in ESPC Procurement, any equipment, fixture or furnishing to be added to or used in an existing building or structure, and any repair, alteration or improvement to an existing building or structure that is designed to reduce energy consumption and related costs, including those costs related to electrical energy, thermal energy, water consumption, waste disposal, and future contract-labor costs and materials costs associated with maintenance of the building or structure. For purposes of these OAR 137-049-0600 (Purpose) to 137-049-0690 (Construction Manager/General Contractor Services (“CM/GC Services”)) rules, use of either or both of the terms “building” or “structure” shall be deemed to include existing energy, water and waste disposal systems connected or related to or otherwise used for the building or structure when such system(s) are included in the project, either as part of the project together with the building or structure, or when such system(s) are the focus of the project. Maintenance services are not Energy Conservation Measures, for purposes of these 137-049-0600 (Purpose) to 137-049-0690 (Construction Manager/General Contractor Services (“CM/GC Services”)) rules.
(9)Energy Savings Guarantee means the energy savings and performance guarantee provided by the ESCO under an ESPC Procurement, which guarantees to the Contracting Agency that certain energy savings and performance will be achieved for the project covered by the RFP, through the installation and implementation of the agreed-upon ECMs for the project. The Energy Savings Guarantee shall include, but shall not be limited to, the specific energy savings and performance levels and amounts that will be guaranteed, provisions related to the financial remedies available to the Contracting Agency in the event the guaranteed savings and performance are not achieved, the specific conditions under which the ESCO will guarantee energy savings and performance (including the specific responsibilities of the Contracting Agency after final completion of the design and construction phase), and the term of the energy savings and performance guarantee.
(10)Energy Savings Performance Contract (or “ESPC”) means a Public Improvement Contract between a Contracting Agency and a Qualified Energy Service Company for the identification, evaluation, recommendation, design and construction of Energy Conservation Measures, including a Design-Build Contract, that guarantee energy savings or performance.
(11)General Conditions Work (or “GC Work”) means a general grouping of project Work required to support construction operations on the project that is not included within the Contractor’s overhead or fee.
(12)Guaranteed Maximum Price (or “GMP”) has the meaning set forth in ORS 279C.332 (Definitions for ORS 279A.065, 279C.307, 279C.335, 279C.337 and 279C.380)(4), pertaining to procurements for CM/GC Services. For Alternative Contracting Methods other than the CM/GC Method, “Guaranteed Maximum Price” or “GMP” means the total maximum price provided to the Contracting Agency by the Contractor and accepted by the Contracting Agency that includes all reimbursable costs and fees for completion of the Contract Work and any particularly identified contingency amounts, as defined by the Public Improvement Contract.
(13)Measurement and Verification (or “M & V”) means, as used in ESPC Procurement, the examination of installed ECMs using the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (“IPMVP”), or any other comparable protocol or process, to monitor and verify the operation of energy-using systems pre-installation and post-installation.
(14)Project Development Plan means a secondary phase of Personal Services and Work performed by an ESCO in an ESPC Procurement when the ESCO performs more extensive design of the agreed-upon ECMs for the project, provides the detailed provisions of the ESCO’s Energy Savings Guarantee that the fully installed and commissioned ECMs will achieve a particular energy savings level for the building or structure, and prepares an overall report or plan summarizing the ESCO’s Work during this secondary phase of the Work and otherwise explaining how the agreed-upon ECMs will be implemented during the design and construction phase of the Work; The term “Project Development Plan” can also refer to the report or plan provided by the ESCO at the conclusion of this phase of the Work.
(15)Qualified Energy Service Company (or “ESCO”) means, as used in ESPC Procurement, a company, firm or other legal Person with the following characteristics: demonstrated technical, operational, financial and managerial capabilities to design, install, construct, commission, manage, measure and verify, and otherwise implement Energy Conservation Measures and other Work on building systems or building components that are directly related to the ECMs in existing buildings and structures; a prior record of successfully performing ESPCs on projects involving existing buildings and structures that are comparable to the project under consideration by the Contracting Agency; and the financial strength to effectively guarantee energy savings and performance under the ESPC for the project in question, or the ability to secure necessary financial measures to effectively guarantee energy savings under an ESPC for that project.
(16)Savings has the meaning set forth in ORS 279C.337 (Procurement of construction manager/general contractor services)(4), pertaining to CM/GC Services procurements. For other Alternative Contracting Methods, “Savings” means a positive difference between a Guaranteed Maximum Price or other maximum not-to-exceed price set forth in a Public Improvement Contract and the actual cost of the Contractor’s performance of the Contract Work payable by the Contracting Agency under the terms of the Contract, including costs for which a Contracting Agency reimburses a Contractor and fees, profits or other payments the Contractor earns.
(17)Technical Energy Audit means, as used in ESPC Procurement, the initial phase of Personal Services to be performed by an ESCO that includes a detailed evaluation of an existing building or structure, an evaluation of the potential ECMs that could be effectively utilized at the facility, and preparation of a report to the Contracting Agency of the ESCO’s Findings during this initial phase of the Work; the term “Technical Energy Audit” can also refer to the report provided by the ESCO at the conclusion of this phase of the Work.
Rule 137-049-0610 — Definitions for Alternative Contracting Methods,