Small capital projects under $1.5 million are often not as complicated as larger projects, but do require oversight and close management to be fully successful. How small projects are administered depends upon several key factors:
The total value of a project helps determine its procurement path.
Not required to be submitted to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) or the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)
Submit to DAS through the Requisite Procurement Program
If not known whether it’s construction or M/R, submit to DAS and OFCC through the Requisite Procurement Program
If known to be construction, submit Local Administration Request to OFCC through OAKS-CI
Submit to OFCC to administer the project
For more information on submitting projects through the DAS Requisite Procurement Program, see:
For projects valued above $215,000, OFCC determines whether the project must be awarded and administered as a M/R contract for supplies and services under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 125 or as a construction contract under ORC Chapter 153. A number of factors affect the determination, such as:
OFCC will make this determination with information from the owner agency. The information below helps in making the determination.
Depending upon these first two factors, cost and type, projects can be managed by the owner agency, a DAS-contracted third party administrator (TPA), an OFCC Local Administration Consultant (LAC), or by OFCC.
For construction projects between $215,000 and $1,500,000, OFCC may grant local administration to state agencies to manage these projects themselves. Agencies must apply for local administration through OAKS-CI. If approved, agencies must follow construction procurement processes under ORC 153. See Section 100 of the OFC Manual [PDF]
There are a number of ways to efficiently manage a small project to balance quality, cost, and schedule.
Planning: OFCC Planning and Projects help agencies create the quickest and most efficient plan for the entirety of their construction work over the biennium. Which project(s) must come first? How does one project affect others? Can projects be combined by location or trade? Can Controlling Board approval be consolidated for multiple projects? OFCC can assist with determining these answers.
Pre-qualified lists: Agencies can hire a design professional quickly using OFCC Consultant Lists, which have already completed some of the procurement steps, including Controlling Board approval. Using this expedited process, agencies can hire a consultant in as little as two weeks.
Hiring a dedicated agency Local Administration Consultant (LAC): Depending upon availability of agency and OFCC in-house staff, it may make sense to hire a LAC firm to provide dedicated project managers or project coordinators through OFCC. The scope of administration services would be developed jointly by OFCC and the agency to manage those designated projects.
Avoiding rebids: Delays from rebids may be traced to unrealistic cost estimates, overly restrictive specifications, or inadequate advertisement. Good planning will minimize these risks. Regarding bidding, agencies may use OFCC’s electronic bidding system to maximize exposure of the bid opportunity to the contractor community, potentially avoiding the need for re-advertising.