Community College Facilities & Procurement: A Work–in-Progress
Even when Community Colleges have funding for building smarter, more adaptive new facilities, the procurement process they have been forced to step through is one of the most antiquated in the country, delaying construction for a year or more at a time and unnecessarily increasing the costs of construction projects.
McCallum Group helped enact 4 or 5 different changes over the past several years that have modernized the procurement process and helped colleges put buildings in place much faster at less cost.
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Thanks to McCallum Group, the cap that required 2/3’s of a local vote for funding was lifted to pass with 55% of the vote. As a result, the college now receives a bond that is 4 times larger to start with for the same amount of effort.
Best Value and Change Order Clarification—McCallum Group successfully ushered through legislation that would have authorized community college districts to utilize best value in purchases of equipment and materials negotiating amendments that removed most opposition. The bill also would have clarified change order thresholds for construction projects. The bill, unfortunately, was ultimately vetoed by the Governor despite overwhelming support in the legislature.
Design-Assist—McCallum Group was involved in multiple meetings with building trades groups to generate support for this LACCD proposal which would streamline the delivery of facilities. The measure was not heard, however, due to opposition from the public engineers group, PECG. McCallum Group continues to work with the building trades on the proposal.
The foundation is being laid for a contemporized procurement process resulting in facilities that are more efficient, cost-effective and responsive to student needs, yet still aligned with safety standards.
“This work is incredibly difficult, among the hardest stuff we do . . . and yet it’s worth it.
Design/assist and best value expand on options districts have to deliver on 21st century facilities and allow them to be able to more efficiently procure what they need with dwindling general fund resources.”More Case Studies: