City begins possible construction manager at risk search for Kaw Lake

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The city of Enid recently sent out a request for qualifications to begin seeking a possible construction manager at risk for the Kaw Lake water supply program.

Enid City Commission began exploring the possibility of a CMAR alternate delivery method for the Kaw Lake project in its Feb. 5 study session.

During that meeting, project officials said opposed to the current traditional approach being taken, a CMAR approach would reduce financial uncertainty and control costs related to the project. The existing method involves a process of a design, bid, build method with the hiring of multiple final design consultants.

"The city of Enid is interested in exploring the viability of implementing a construction manager at risk (CMAR) acquisition strategy for the completion of the Kaw Lake water supply program," according to a public notice published March 10. "The city is considering a three phase CMAR approach, which will involve an independent cost opinion of the 30 percent design, traditional CMAR services between 30 percent and 60 percent, and a potential construction contract at the conclusion of 60 percent activities."

For the RFQ notice, the Kaw Lake Program Source Selection Committee is requesting qualification statements, based on information in the RFQ available on the city's contractor's gateway at www.bidnetdirect.com/oklahoma/cityofenid, according to the notice.

Officials said in the Feb. 5 study session that with a CMAR approach, the total project cost would be estimated to increase by about 1 percent, with the transfer of a bulk of the project risk to the CMAR with an ability to negotiate.

According to the notice, firms with the best qualifications meeting the city's needs will then be invited to submit proposals at a later date. Fees and cost proposals aren't requested for the RFQ.

City Manager Jerald Gilbert previously said once the best-qualified firm is presented to Enid City Commission for consideration, commissioners could decide to proceed with the CMAR approach or to stick with the traditional approach.

All communication regarding the RFQ is required to be through the office of the director of engineering for the city, according to the notice. Those with questions pertaining to the RFQ are asked to contact Christopher Gdanksi, director of engineering.

Qualifications statements are being accepted by the city until 4 p.m. March 26.

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