SECTION .0300 ‑ EVALUATION OF DESIGNERS OR CONSULTANTS

 

01 NCAC 30E .0301          DESIGN PHASES

Definitions:

(1)           "Pre‑Design Phase" is the description of the provision of professional services prior to actual design.  If a firm scope of the work is not known, the design agreement may be written in such a manner as to require project programming assistance by the designer or consultant, followed by agency approval of a designer‑proposed project scope, prior to commencement of actual design.  In evaluating design or consultant services during this phase, the Capital Projects Coordinator may wish to receive input from the Owner's representative.

(2)           "Design Phase" involves preparation of the actual design.  The Capital Projects Coordinator must maintain active involvement during the design process in order to be able to evaluate the designer's or consultant's response to owner requirements, the consistency of owner requirements, external design requirements driven by insurance or environmental considerations, etc., the technical design itself, designer/owner response to review comments, adherence to design schedule, and quality of cost estimate, as well as adherence of the cost estimate to the project budget.  In general, the evaluation of this phase is to encompass the efficiency and effectiveness of the designer in adherence to the project scope statement.  Included is an evaluation of subconsultants if utilized.  The subconsultant performance will also be considered in evaluation of the principal designer.  The Capital Projects Coordinator, in preparing the evaluation of the design phase, may wish to receive input from the Owner's representative as well as the State Construction Office.

(3)           "Bidding‑Construction Phase" encompasses the process for provision of professional services for bidding, award, and construction of the project.  As the job progresses past contract award, the Capital Projects Coordinator must maintain a continuing awareness of designer performance during the period of construction including the shop drawing review process, payment processing, change order management, and field administration including project cost control.  The Capital Projects Coordinator or owner's representative should attend the monthly construction progress meetings.  The Capital Projects Coordinator must be capable of discerning the degree to which change orders are precipitated by design errors or omissions.  The Capital Projects Coordinator must be capable of determining how well the designer provides general administration of the performance of construction contracts, including inspection and continuous liaison of the work to insure compliance with plans and specifications during the construction process.  At the completion of the project, the Capital Projects Coordinator must ensure that the project designer has completed all required close‑out actions.  The Capital Projects Coordinator will be responsible for preparation of the Bidding‑Construction Phase evaluation.  Assistance will be sought from the Owner's representative and the State Construction Office in preparation of the evaluation for this phase of the project.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑135.25; 143‑135.26;

Eff. October 1, 1988;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1990.