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H.B. 338 Enrolled
AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION PROCUREMENT; ALLOWING THE
DIVISION OF FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT CERTAIN
INCREASED FLEXIBILITY WHEN BIDS EXCEED AVAILABLE FUNDS; MAKING
TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
63-56-20, as enacted by Chapter 75, Laws of Utah 1980
63A-5-103, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 1997
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 63-56-20 is amended to read:
63-56-20. Contracts awarded by sealed bidding -- Procedure.
(1) Contracts shall be awarded by competitive sealed bidding except as otherwise provided
by this chapter.
(2) (a) An invitation for bids shall be issued when a contract is to be awarded by
competitive sealed bidding.
(b) The invitation shall include a purchase description and all contractual terms and
conditions applicable to the procurement.
(3) (a) Public notice of the invitation for bids shall be given a reasonable time [
before the date set forth [
(b) The notice may include publication in a newspaper of general circulation a reasonable
(4) (a) Bids shall be opened publicly in the presence of one or more witnesses at the time
and place designated in the invitation for bids.
(b) The amount of each bid and any other relevant information specified by rules [
(c) The record and each bid shall be open to public inspection.
(5) (a) Bids shall be unconditionally accepted without alteration or correction, except as
authorized in this chapter.
(b) (i) Bids shall be evaluated based on the requirements set forth in the invitation for bids,
which may include criteria to determine acceptability such as inspection, testing, quality,
workmanship, delivery, and suitability for a particular purpose.
(ii) Those criteria that will affect the bid price and be considered in evaluation for award
shall be objectively measurable.
(iii) The criteria may include discounts, transportation costs, and total or life cycle costs.
(c) No criteria may be used in bid evaluation that are not set forth in the invitation for bids.
(6) (a) Correction or withdrawal of inadvertently erroneous bids before or after award, or
cancellation of awards or contracts based on [
accordance with rules [
(b) After bid opening, no changes in bid prices or other provisions of bids prejudicial to the
interest of the state or fair competition [
(c) Except as otherwise provided by [
correction or withdrawal of bids or to cancel awards or contracts based on bid mistakes shall be
supported by a written determination made by the chief procurement officer or the head of a
(7) (a) The contract shall be awarded with reasonable promptness by written notice to the
lowest responsive and responsible bidder whose bid meets the requirements and criteria set forth in
the invitation for bids. [
(b) (i) If all bids for a construction project exceed available funds as certified by the
appropriate fiscal officer, and the low responsive and responsible bid does not exceed [
funds by more than 5%, the chief procurement officer or the head of a purchasing agency [
of a reduced scope, [
requirements, with the low responsive and responsible bidder[
amount of available funds.
(ii) If the State Building Board establishes alternative procedures by rule under Section
63A-5-103, the Division of Facilities Construction and Management need not comply with the
provisions of Subsection (7) when a bid meets the requirements of the State Building Board's rule.
(8) When it is considered impractical to prepare initially a purchase description to support
an award based on price, an invitation for bids may be issued requesting the submission of unpriced
offers to be followed by an invitation for bids limited to those bidders whose offers have been
qualified under the criteria set forth in the first solicitation.
Section 2. Section 63A-5-103 is amended to read:
63A-5-103. Board -- Powers.
(1) The State Building Board shall:
(a) in cooperation with state institutions, departments, commissions, and agencies, prepare
a master plan of structures built or contemplated;
(b) submit to the governor and the Legislature a comprehensive five-year building plan for
the state containing the information required by Subsection (2);
(c) amend and keep current the five-year building program for submission to the governor
and subsequent legislatures;
(d) as a part of the long-range plan, recommend to the governor and Legislature any changes
in the law that are necessary to insure an effective, well-coordinated building program for all state
(e) make rules necessary to discharge its duties and the duties of the Division of Facilities
Construction and Management by following the procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter
46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act;
(f) with support from the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, establish
design criteria, standards, and procedures for the use of state agencies and institutions in the planning
for new state buildings and facilities including life-cycle costing, cost-effectiveness studies, and
other methods and procedures that demonstrate:
(i) the need for the building or facility;
(ii) the effectiveness of its design;
(iii) the efficiency of energy use; and
(iv) the usefulness of the building or facility over its lifetime;
(g) prepare and submit a yearly request to the governor and the Legislature for a designated
amount of square footage by type of space to be leased by the Division of Facilities Construction and
Management in that fiscal year; and
(h) assure the efficient use of all building space.
(2) In order to provide adequate information upon which the State Building Board may make
its recommendation under Subsection (1), any state agency requesting new full-time employees for
the next fiscal year shall report those anticipated requests to the building board at least 90 days
before the annual general session in which the request is made.
(3) (a) The State Building Board shall ensure that the five-year building plan required by
Subsection (1)(c) includes:
(i) a list that prioritizes construction of new buildings for all structures built or contemplated
based upon each agency's, department's, commission's, and institution's present and future needs;
(ii) information, and space use data for all state-owned and leased facilities;
(iii) substantiating data to support the adequacy of any projected plans;
(iv) a summary of all statewide contingency reserve and project reserve balances as of the
end of the most recent fiscal year;
(v) a list of buildings that have completed a comprehensive facility evaluation by an
architect/engineer or are scheduled to have an evaluation;
(vi) for those buildings that have completed the evaluation, the estimated costs of needed
(vii) for projects recommended in the first two years of the five-year building plan:
(A) detailed estimates of the cost of each project;
(B) the estimated cost to operate and maintain the building or facility on an annual basis;
(C) the estimated number of new agency full-time employees expected to be housed in the
building or facility;
(D) the estimated cost of new or expanded programs and personnel expected to be housed
in the building or facility;
(E) the estimated lifespan of the building with associated costs for major component
replacement over the life of the building; and
(F) the estimated cost of any required support facilities.
(b) The State Building Board may make rules prescribing the format for submitting the
information required by this subsection.
(4) (a) The State Building Board may make rules establishing circumstances under which
bids may be modified when all bids for a construction project exceed available funds as certified by
(b) In making those rules, the State Building Board shall provide for the fair and equitable
treatment of bidders.
Section 3. Effective date.
This act takes effect on July 1, 1998.
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