PART 836 - CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECT-ENGINEER CONTRACTS
Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 41 U.S.C. 1121(c)(3), 1303(a)(2) and 1702; and 48 CFR 1.301-1.304.
Source: 73 FR 2717, Jan. 15, 2008, unless otherwise noted.
Subpart 836.2 - Special Aspects of Contracting for Construction
836.202-70 Specifications - use of equal products.
Upon approval of the justification documentation required by FAR 11.105, Items peculiar to one manufacturer, the contracting officer shall include the clause found at 852.236-90, Restriction on Submission and Use of Equal Products, in solicitations and contracts. The contracting officer shall complete the clause by inserting the items which have been approved for restriction to a brand name. This clause also places offerors or bidders on notice that the “brand name” provisions of any clause or provision that may authorize the submission of an “equal” product, shall not apply to the specific items listed in clause 852.236-90.
836.203 Government estimate of construction costs.
836.203-70 Protection of the independent government estimate - sealed bid.
For sealed bid acquisitions the contracting officer or bid custodian is not authorized to release the basis for calculating the estimate at any time. The person preparing the independent government estimate (IGE) shall -
(a) Designate the IGE as “For Official Use Only (FOUO)”;
(b) The contracting officer or bid custodian shall file a sealed copy of the IGE with the bids. (In the case of two-step acquisitions, the contracting officer or bid custodian accomplishes this during the second step);
(c) After the bids are read and recorded during a Public Bid Opening, remove the “For Official Use Only (FOUO)” designation then read and record the estimate as if it were a bid, in the same detail as the bids; and
(d) In instances where only one bid has been received, the government estimate shall not be read by the contracting officer as it may be needed to conduct negotiations with the offeror.
836.204 Disclosure of the magnitude of construction projects.
The contracting officer shall utilize the estimated price ranges defined in FAR 36.204(a) through (e) as further supplemented below when identifying the magnitude of a VA project in advance notices and solicitations:
(f) For estimated price ranges between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000, the contracting officer shall identify the magnitude of a VA project in advance notices and solicitations in terms of the following price ranges:
(1) Between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.
(2) Between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000.
(g) Between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000.
(h) For estimated price ranges greater than $10,000,000, the contracting officer shall identify the magnitude of a VA project in advance notices and solicitations in terms of one of the following price ranges:
(1) Between $10,000,000 and $20,000,000.
(2) Between $20,000,000 and $50,000,000.
(3) Between $50,000,000 and $100,000,000.
(4) Between $100,000,000 and $150,000,000.
(5) Between $150,000,000 and $200,000,000.
(6) Between $200,000,000 and $250,000,000.
(7) More than $250,000,000.
Subpart 836.5 - Contract Clauses
836.500 Scope of subpart.
The clauses and provisions prescribed in this subpart are set forth for use in fixed-price construction contracts in addition to those prescribed in FAR subpart 36.5.
836.501 Performance of work by the contractor.
The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 852.236-72, Performance of Work by the Contractor, in solicitations and contracts for construction that contain the FAR clause at 52.236-1, Performance of Work by the Contractor, except those awarded pursuant to subpart 819.70. When the solicitations or contracts include a section entitled “Network Analysis System (NAS),” the contracting officer shall use the clause with its Alternate I.
836.521 Specifications and drawings for construction
The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 852.236-71, Specifications and Drawings for Construction, in solicitations and contracts for construction that include the FAR clause at 52.236-21, Specifications and Drawings for Construction.
836.573 Contractor production report.
The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 852.236-79, Contractor Production Report, in solicitations and contracts for construction expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. The contracting officer may, when in the best interest of the Government, insert the clause in solicitations and contracts for construction when the contract amount is expected to be at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.
836.574 Subcontracts and work coordination.
The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 852.236-80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination, in invitations for bids and contracts for construction expected to exceed the micro-purchase threshold for construction. When the solicitations or contracts are for new construction work with complex mechanical-electrical work, the contracting officer may use the clause with its Alternate I.
836.580 Notice to bidders - additive or deductive bid line items.
The contracting officer may include the provision 852.236-92, Notice to Bidders - Additive or Deductive Bid Line Items, in invitations for bids when the contracting officer determines that funds may not be available for all the desired construction features at contract award.
Subpart 836.6 - Architect-Engineer Services
836.603 Collecting data on and appraising firms' qualifications.
The Associate Executive Director, Office of Facilities Engineering, for Central Office; the Director, Office of Construction Management, for National Cemetery Administration; the Senior Executive Service (SES) official for Administration and Facilities for Veterans Benefits Administration; and the Chief, Engineering Service, for field facilities, are responsible for collecting Standard Forms 330 and maintaining a data file on architect-engineer qualifications.
836.606-70 Architect-engineer firms' proposal.
(a) When the contract price is estimated to be $50,000 or more, the contracting officer shall use VA Form 6298, Architect-Engineer Fee Proposal, to obtain the proposal and supporting cost data from the proposed contractor and subcontractor in the negotiation of an A-E contract for design services.
(b) In obtaining A-E services for research study, seismic study, master planning study, construction management and other related services contracts, the contracting officer shall use VA Form 6298, supplemented or modified as needed for the particular project type.
836.606-71 Application of 6 percent architect-engineer fee limitation.
(a) The production and delivery of designs, plans, drawings, and specifications shall not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost of construction. Other A-E fees are not included in this 6 percent. Such fees are delineated in reference (c) below.
(b) The 6 percent limit also applies to contract modifications, including modifications involving:
(1) Work not initially included in the contract. Apply the 6 percent limit to the revised total estimated construction cost.
(2) Redesign. Apply the 6 percent limit as follows -
(i) Add the estimated construction cost of the redesign features to the original estimated construction cost;
(ii) Add the contract cost for the original design to the contract cost for redesign; and
(iii) Divide the total contract design cost by the total estimated construction cost. The resulting percentage may not exceed the 6 percent statutory limitation.
(c) The 6 percent fee limitation does not apply to the following architect or engineer services:
(1) Investigative services including but not limited to -
(i) Determination of program requirements, including schematic or preliminary plans and estimates;
(ii) Determination of feasibility of proposed project;
(iii) Preparation of measured drawings of existing facility;
(iv) Subsurface investigation;
(v) Structural, electrical, and mechanical investigation of existing facility;
(vi) Surveys: topographic, boundary, utilities, etc.;
(vii) Environmental services;
(viii) Geo-Tech studies; and
(ix) Feasibility studies.
(2) Special consultant services that are not normally available in organizations of architects or engineers and that are not specifically applied to the actual preparation of working drawings or specifications of the project for which the service are required.
(3) Other -
(i) Reproduction of approved designs through models, color renderings, photographs, or other presentation media;
(ii) Travel and per diem allowances other than those required for the development and review of working drawings and specifications;
(iii) Supervision or inspection of construction, review of shop drawings or samples, and other services performed during the construction phase;
(iv) All other services that are not an integral part of the production and delivery of plans, designs, and specifications; and
(v) The cost of reproducing drawings and specifications for bidding and their distribution to prospective bidders and plan file rooms.
Subpart 836.70 - Unique Forms for Contracting for Construction, Architect-Engineer Services, and Dismantling, Demolition, or Removal of Improvements
Source: 84 FR 9973, Mar. 19, 2019, unless otherwise noted.
836.7000 Scope of subpart.
This subpart sets forth requirements for the use of VA unique forms, as prescribed in this part, for contracting for construction, architect-engineer services, or dismantling, demolition, or removal of improvements. See part 853.
836.7001 Unique construction and architect-engineer services forms.
Contracting officers may use the following forms, as prescribed in this subpart, for construction, architect-engineer services or dismantling, demolition, or removal of improvements contracts as set forth below and in the referenced prescriptions:
(a) VA Form 6298, Architect-Engineer Fee Proposal (see 853.236-70). VA Form 6298, Architect-Engineer Fee Proposal, shall be used as prescribed in 836.606-70.
(b) VA Form 2138, Order for Supplies or Services (Including Task Orders for Construction or A-E Services) (see 853.236-71). VA Form 2138, Order for Supplies or Services (Including Task Orders for Construction or A-E Services), may be used for ordering supplies or services, including task orders for Construction or A-E services, to include dismantling, demolition, or removal of improvements.
(c) VA Form 10101, Contractor Production Report (see 853.236-72). Contractors may use VA Form 10101, Contractor Production Report or a contractor generated form containing the same type of information contained in the form, as required by 836.573 which prescribes the clause at 852.236-79, Contractor Production Report.