Module 6 – Detailed Design

Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Bidding:  The District and its team continue to advance the project and the MSBA continues to monitor the project to ensure it remains on track and meets the expectation of both the District and the MSBA as defined in the Project Funding Agreement.  In general terms, the MSBA ensures that the project team works within the requirements contained in the MSBA’s Base Contracts and Base Contract Amendments for OPM and Designer Services.  Additionally, the MSBA assigns a Commissioning Agent to the project who facilitates an intensive quality assurance process and ensures that the new or renovated building operates efficiently and as the owner intended.  Specifically, the District and its team generate construction documents which are reviewed by the MSBA in accordance with the requirements prescribed in the above-mentioned contracts. 

In addition, as set forth in the Project Funding Agreement, the District is responsible for meeting all of the applicable procurement requirements in connection with its project, which may include M.G.L. c. 30 §§ 39F, 39J, 39K, 39N, 39O, 39P and 39R; c. 70B; c. 149; chapter 193 of the Acts of 2004; and all other applicable provisions of federal, state, and local law.  The Department of Labor Standards (“DLS”) is responsible for  determining if and when payment of prevailing wages is required.  For contracts requiring payment of prevailing wages, the awarding authority (the school district) must request a prevailing wage schedule from DLS at  In addition, bidders and proposers must agree to comply with the Prevailing Wage Law, as administered by the DLS.
Please be advised that payment of prevailing wages may be required for certain statewide and department contracts available on the Commonwealth Procurement and Solicitation System (Comm-PASS).  Districts also should consult with their counsel to ensure that they are using a statewide or department contract properly.  If a particular commodity or service is not clearly covered by a statewide or department contract, then the District likely will have to competitively procure that commodity or service separately.  Statewide contracts with construction components worth over $10,000 must be competitively bid under M.G.L. c. 149. 

Questions regarding the use of statewide or department contracts generally may be answered by calling the Operational Services Division at 617-720-3300 or by accessing OSD’s website  Questions regarding the Prevailing Wage Law may be answered by accessing the DLS website or by calling the DLS Prevailing Wage Program at 617-626-6953. 

The MSBA monitors the projects against the total project budget throughout the Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Bidding Phases using the MSBA’s Cost Estimate Comparison Form, which must be updated by the OPM and included in each design submission.  Following the award of the construction contract, the MSBA works with the district and its consultants to develop a revised project budget that reflects actual bid costs.  The Project Funding Agreement will then be amended to reflect the revised budget.  If at any point during the project, the District chooses to make changes to key personnel on the project team, these changes must be approved in writing by the MSBA.

As of the June 4, 2014 Board Meeting:


  • $20.5 million in commissioning contracts executed to date:
    • 274 contracts for 356 schools
  • To date, 110 contracts have been completed
The table below represents the status of commissioning assignments sorted by the fiscal year in which the commissioning work orders were issued:
Fiscal Year No. of Work Orders Issued Value of Work Orders Issued Total Invoiced Percent Complete
2010 31 $4,231,376 $4,188,548.87 98.99%
2011 95 $6,328,287 $5,337,494.28 84.34%
2012 52 $4,459,061 $2,832,214.00 63.52%
2013 55 $3,386,847 $1,331,524.66 39.31%
2014 34 $2,168,147 $180,223.65 8.31%

Design Development:
Currently there are 45 projects in the Design Development phase: 15 Core Program Projects and 30 Accelerated Repair Program Projects.

Core Program Projects
  • Five Elementary Schools in the following Districts:
    • Athol-Royalston Regional, Gloucester, Milford, Newton, Northborough
  • Five Middle Schools in the following Districts:
    • Chicopee, Georgetown, Lynn, Peabody, Wachusett Regional
  • Five High School in the following Districts:
    • Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational/Technical, Lunenberg, North Middlesex Regional, Winchester, Winthrop