963 CMR 2.07 - Cost Standards

Current through Register 1466, April 1, 2022

(1) The Authority shall develop construction and soft cost standards based upon the cost experience of recently completed and recently bid school projects, taking into account the cost effectiveness of design, construction and programming techniques utilized in such school projects. For the purposes of developing cost standards, the Authority shall, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 70B, § 9(b), develop cost standards for prototypical school components, as outlined in the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines.
(2) The cost standards may be developed based on Massachusetts regional construction costs reflective of the geographic diversity of the Commonwealth.
(3) A Proposed Project for which the estimated total budget is less than $250,000, as determined by the Authority, shall not be eligible for approval by the Authority as an Approved Project and the Authority shall have no obligation to provide a review of a Statement of Interest or any Application materials for said Proposed Project and any Application materials submitted by the Eligible Applicant shall not warrant further consideration.
(4) For the purposes of calculating a total project budget for an Approved Project which is new construction, cost standards developed pursuant to M.G.L. c. 70B, § 9(b), 963 CMR 2.00 and any other guidelines or policies of the Authority shall be applied to the Enrollment Projection, as determined by the Authority and the gross square footage per student, as defined by the Authority in 963 CMR 2.00. For an Approved Project which is a reconstruction, renovation, or repair project, the total project budget shall be calculated based on the approved scope of the project and cost factors, as determined by the Authority.
(5) The Authority shall not reimburse an Eligible Applicant for eligible soft cost components that exceed, in the aggregate, 20% of total construction costs, as determined by the Authority. Said limit may be exceeded with the prior written approval of the Authority.
(6) Basic architectural services shall include, but not be limited to, the following: architectural drawings, conceptual drawings and models, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, structural, site development, basic environmental permitting, graphics, lighting design, acoustics, data and communication, visits to the project construction site to administer the contract between the Eligible Applicant and the contractor at a minimum interval of at least weekly for the duration of the project, educational consultants, any specialty consultants for laboratory, library/media center and kitchen space, code consultants, accessibility, making design revisions required to contain costs within the approved project construction budget and other services established pursuant to the Authority's standard designer contract. Additional architectural services may include, but not be limited to: geotechnical consulting, asbestos consulting, wetlands flagging, and other additional services as determined by the Authority.
(7) The provisions of 963 CMR 2.00 shall not preclude an Eligible Applicant from adding additional project elements to an Approved Project, in addition to the project scope defined in the Project Scope and Budget Agreement as approved by the Authority. Any and all costs related to said additional project elements, including but not limited to, the design, construction and implementation of said additional project elements, shall be the sole responsibly of the Eligible Applicant. Project elements that exceed or diverge from the project scope detailed in the Project Scope and Budget Agreement are categorically ineligible to receive funding from the Authority. The Eligible Applicant may retain such elements only by accepting sole financial responsibility for them in writing in a format prescribed by the Authority, prior to said Eligible Applicant including such elements in any designs.
(8) When a facility is to be acquired as part of an Approved Project, the value of such facility to be acquired by an Eligible Applicant shall be determined by the Authority in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30B on the basis of the reports of at least two appraisers registered with the Attorney General and retained by the Eligible Applicant. The final approved cost of combined facility acquisition, renovation and conversion work shall not exceed the equivalent costs in new construction, as determined by the Authority.


963 CMR 2.07

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