(a) All state building and construction contracts entered into by or under the supervision of the commissioner or an agency for which competitive bids or proposals are required may be awarded to either of the following:
(1) the lowest responsible bidder, taking into consideration conformity with the specifications, terms of delivery, the purpose for which the contract is intended, the status and capability of the vendor or contractor, other considerations imposed in the call for bids, and, where appropriate, principles of life-cycle costing; or
(2) the vendor or contractor offering the best value, taking into account the specifications of the request for proposals, the price and performance criteria as set forth in section 16C.02, subdivision 4a, and described in the solicitation document.
(b) The vendor or contractor must secure bonding, commercial general insurance coverage, and workers' compensation insurance coverage under paragraph (a), clause (1) or (2). The commissioner shall determine whether to use the procurement process described in paragraph (a), clause (1), or the procurement process described in paragraph (a), clause (2), and paragraph (c). If the commissioner uses the method in paragraph (a), clause (2), and paragraph (c), the head of the agency shall determine which vendor or contractor offers the best value, subject to the approval of the commissioner. Any or all bids or proposals may be rejected.
(c) When using the procurement process described in subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2), the solicitation document must state the relative weight of price and other selection criteria. The award must be made to the vendor or contractor offering the best value applying the weighted selection criteria. If an interview of the vendor's or contractor's personnel is one of the selection criteria, the relative weight of the interview shall be stated in the solicitation document and applied accordingly.
(a) The state recognizes the importance of the inclusion of a best value contracting system for construction as an alternative to the current low-bid system of procurement. In order to accomplish that goal, state and local governmental entities shall be able to choose the best value system in different phases.
(b) "Best value" means the procurement method defined in section 16C.02, subdivision 4a.
(c) The following entities are eligible to participate in phase I:
(1) state agencies;
(3) cities; and
(4) school districts with the highest 25 percent enrollment of students in the state.
Phase I begins on July 1, 2007.
(d) The following entities are eligible to participate in phase II:
(1) those entities included in phase I; and
(2) school districts with the highest 50 percent enrollment of students in the state.
Phase II begins two years from July 1, 2007.
(e) The following entities are eligible to participate in phase III:
(1) all entities included in phases I and II; and
(2) all other townships, school districts, and political subdivisions in the state.
Phase III begins three years from July 1, 2007.
(f) The commissioner or any agency for which competitive bids or proposals are required may not use best value contracting as defined in section 16C.02, subdivision 4a, for more than one project annually, or 20 percent of its projects, whichever is greater, in each of the first three fiscal years in which best value construction contracting is used.
A bid containing an alteration or erasure of any price contained in the bid which is used in determining the lowest responsible bid must be rejected unless the alteration or erasure is corrected in a manner that is clear and authenticated by an authorized representative of the responder. An alteration or erasure may be crossed out and the correction printed in ink or typewritten adjacent to it and initialed by an authorized representative of the responder.
The commissioner may reject the bid or proposal of any vendor or contractor who has failed to perform a previous contract with the state. In the case of identical low bids from two or more bidders, the commissioner may use negotiated procurement methods with the tied low bidders for that particular transaction so long as the price paid does not exceed the low tied bid price. The commissioner may award contracts to more than one vendor or contractor in accordance with subdivision 1, if doing so does not decrease the service level or diminish the effect of competition.
A record must be kept of all bids or proposals, including names of bidders, amounts of bids or proposals, and each successful bid or proposal. This record is open to public inspection, subject to section 13.591 and other applicable law.
The preferences under sections 16B.121, 16C.06, subdivision 7, and 16C.16 apply, but are not cumulative. The total percentage of preference granted on a contract may not exceed the highest percentage of preference allowed for that contract under any one of those sections.
When prevailing wage laws apply, an agency shall not be liable for costs under section 177.43, subdivision 3, if it has included language in its contracts which requires vendors and contractors to comply with prevailing wage laws and the contract also contains the following elements:
(1) a description of the prevailing wage laws and a citation to relevant statutes;
(2) contact details for further information from the Department of Labor and Industry; and
(3) a statement of contractor and subcontractor liability for failure to adhere to prevailing wage laws.