Department of administration; powers, duties.
The department of administration shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by ss. 16.85
To take charge of and supervise all engineering or architectural services or construction work, as defined in s. 16.87 (1) (a)
, performed by, or for, the state, or any department, board, institution, commission, or officer of the state, including nonprofit-sharing corporations organized for the purpose of assisting the state in the construction and acquisition of new buildings or improvements and additions to existing buildings as contemplated under ss. 13.488
, and 36.11
, except work to be performed for a project specified in s. 13.48 (10) (c)
, and except the engineering, architectural, and construction work of the department of transportation; and the engineering service performed by the department of safety and professional services, department of revenue, public service commission, department of health services, and other departments, boards, and commissions when the service is not related to the maintenance, and construction and planning, of the physical properties of the state.
To furnish engineering, architectural, project management, and other building construction services whenever requisitions therefor are presented to the department by any agency. The department may deposit moneys received from the provision of these services in the account under s. 20.505 (1) (kc)
or in the general fund as general purpose revenue — earned. In this subsection, “agency" means an office, department, independent agency, institution of higher education, association, society, or other body in state government created or authorized to be created by the constitution or any law, which is entitled to expend moneys appropriated by law, including the legislature and the courts, but not including an authority created in subch. II of ch. 114
or in ch. 231
, or 279
To act and assist any department, board, commission or officer requesting such cooperation and assistance, in letting contracts for engineering or architectural work authorized by law and in supervising the work done thereunder;
To approve the appointment of a chief operating engineer for each state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plant and pumping station, to provide for the methods of operating the plants and stations and to design records and forms for reporting accurately the cost per unit of product or service. The superintendent or other person having charge of each plant or station shall not only report to the agency which operates the plant or station but to the secretary in the manner and at such times as the secretary determines. In this subsection, “agency" has the meaning given under sub. (2)
To promote the use of energy conservation methods in state-owned facilities, to implement and refine a statewide energy monitoring system and to develop and implement initiatives of replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy fuels.
To approve the appointment of a principal engineer or architect for departments, boards and commissions and when such continuous service is needed. No such engineer or architect shall be employed without the written approval of the secretary.
To rebuild and repair discarded machinery of the several state institutions when found feasible, and put the same back into service in the same department or in any other state department, and upon requisition to furnish services and material and loan equipment at fair rentals based on the cost thereof, in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of heating and power plants, utilities and equipment.
To prepare in cooperation with the state agencies concerned, plans for the future growth and development of various state institutions and to serve as technical adviser to the building commission in connection with the development of the state long-range building program provided in ss. 13.48
To review and approve plans and specifications for any building or structure that is constructed for the benefit of the University of Wisconsin System or any institution thereof, and to periodically review the progress of any such building or structure during construction to assure compliance with the approved plans and specifications. This subsection does not apply to projects specified in s. 13.48 (10) (c)
To review and approve the design and specifications of any construction or improvement project of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority on state-owned land, to approve the decision to construct any such construction or improvement project and to periodically review the progress of the project during construction to assure compliance with the approved design and specifications. This subsection does not apply to any construction or improvement project of the authority that costs less than the amount that is required to be specified in the lease agreement between the authority and the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System under s. 233.04 (7) (d)
To provide or contract for the provision of professional engineering, architectural, project management and other building construction services on behalf of school districts for the installation or maintenance of electrical and computer network wiring. The department shall assess fees for services provided under this subsection and shall credit all revenues received to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
To review and approve the design and specifications of any rehabilitation or repair project of the Fox River Navigational System Authority on state-owned land, to approve the decision to proceed with the project, and to periodically review the progress of the project during construction to assure compliance with the approved design and specifications.
History: 1971 c. 42
; 1973 c. 90
; 1973 c. 335
; 1977 c. 29
s. 1654 (8) (c)
; 1979 c. 221
; 1983 a. 36
s. 96 (4)
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 142
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 263
; 1995 a. 27
, 9116 (5)
, 9126 (19)
, 9130 (4)
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 197
; 2001 a. 16
; 2005 a. 74
; 2007 a. 20
, 9121 (6) (a)
; 2007 a. 97
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 7
; 2013 a. 20
; 2015 a. 55
See also chs. Adm 20
, Wis. adm. code.
Plans for state buildings, structures or facilities.
Except as the department otherwise provides by rule, records of the department containing plans or specifications for any state-owned or state-leased building, structure or facility, or any proposed state-owned or state-leased building, structure or facility, are not subject to the right of public inspection or copying under s. 19.35 (1)
. If the department transfers any records containing any such plans or specifications to any other authority as defined in s. 19.32 (1)
, the department shall require the authority to agree in writing not to make the record available for public inspection or copying except as the department otherwise permits by rule.
History: 1995 a. 27
Secretary of administration; powers, duties. 16.8511(1)(1)
The secretary or the secretary's designated assistants shall make a biennial inspection of each building of each institution of the state. The secretary may delegate this responsibility to the board, commission or officer in charge of such institution.
The secretary may delegate any of the work under this subchapter to the various state agencies when the secretary determines that the best interests of the state will be served. All such delegation will be in writing and accompanied by the proper rules and guidelines the agencies must follow to ensure performance to the satisfaction of the secretary.
History: 2005 a. 149
Services provided to professional baseball park districts. 16.854(1)(c)
“Women's business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture or corporation that is at least 51 percent owned, controlled and actively managed by women.
Subject to the requirements of s. 16.82 (7)
, the department may, upon request of any local professional baseball park district, if the district has entered into a lease agreement with the department under s. 16.82 (7)
, take charge of and supervise engineering or architectural services or construction work, as defined in s. 16.87 (1) (a)
, performed by, or for, the district for compensation to be agreed upon between the department and the district. In connection with such services or work, the department may furnish engineering, architectural, project management and other building construction services whenever requisitions therefor are presented to the department by the district. If the district has entered into a lease agreement with the department under s. 16.82 (7)
, the department may also assist the district, upon request of the district, in letting contracts for engineering, architectural or construction work authorized by law and in supervising the work done thereunder. The department may award any such contract for any combination or division of work it designates and may consider any factors in awarding a contract including price, time for completion of work and the qualifications and past performance of a contractor. In awarding contracts under this section for the construction of baseball park facilities, as defined in s. 229.65 (1)
, the department shall ensure that any person who is awarded a contract agrees, as a condition to receiving the contract, that his or her goal shall be to ensure that at least 25 percent of the employees hired because of the contract will be minority group members and at least 5 percent of the employees hired because of the contract will be women. It shall also be a goal of the department to ensure that at least 25 percent of the aggregate dollar value of contracts awarded for the construction of such facilities in the following areas are awarded to minority businesses and at least 5 percent of the aggregate dollar value of contracts awarded for the construction of such facilities in the following areas are awarded to women's businesses:
Contracts for the construction of baseball park facilities.
Contracts for professional services related to the construction of baseball park facilities.
Contracts for the development of baseball park facilities.
It shall be a goal of the department, with regard to each of the contracts described under sub. (2) (a)
, to award at least 25 percent of the dollar value of such contracts to minority businesses and at least 5 percent of the dollar value of such contracts to women's businesses. Sections 16.85
, and 16.87
do not apply to services provided or contracted by the department under this section.
Construction project contracts. 16.855(1g)(ag)
“Board of Regents" means the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
“Mechanical, electrical, or plumbing subcontractor" is a contractor that performs mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or fire protection work and enters into a contract with a general prime contractor to perform their division of work.
“Qualified responsible bidder" means a person who is a qualified bidder and who is a responsible bidder.
“Single prime contracting" means bidding and contracting through a process in which only a general prime contractor has a contractual relationship with the state and all mechanical, electrical, or plumbing subcontractors are identified by the department or the Board of Regents and are subcontractors to the general prime contractor.
“Single trade contractor” means a contractor whose primary business is the performance of a trade.
“Trade” means mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or fire protection work.
“UW gifts and grants project" means a construction project funded entirely with gifts and grants made to the University of Wisconsin System.
The department shall let by contract to the lowest qualified responsible bidder all construction work when the estimated construction cost of the project exceeds $50,000, except for construction work authorized under s. 16.858
and except as provided in sub. (1r)
or s. 13.48 (19)
. If factors other than dollar amounts are required to be evaluated for a project, the department shall specify a formula that will convert the other factors into a dollar value for comparison.
The department may not do any of the following in a solicitation for bids under this section:
Require that a bidder enter into or adhere to an agreement with a labor organization.
Consider as a factor in making an award under this section whether any bidder has or has not entered into an agreement with a labor organization.
Require that a bidder enter into, adhere to, or enforce any agreement that requires, as a condition of employment, that the bidder or bidder's employees become or remain members of, or be affiliated with, a labor organization or pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges or expenses of any kind or amount, or provide anything of value, to a labor organization or a labor organization's health, welfare, retirement, or other benefit plan or program.
Nothing in this subsection prohibits employers or employees from entering into agreements or engaging in any other activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act, 29 USC 151
If a bidder is not a Wisconsin firm and the department determines that the state, foreign nation or subdivision thereof in which the bidder is domiciled grants a preference to bidders domiciled in that state, nation or subdivision in making governmental purchases, the department shall give a preference over that bidder to Wisconsin firms, if any, when awarding the contract, in the absence of compelling reasons to the contrary. The department may enter into agreements with states, foreign nations and subdivisions thereof for the purpose of implementing this subsection.
Except for projects authorized under s. 16.858
, whenever the estimated construction cost of a project exceeds $50,000, or if less and in the best interest of the state, the department shall:
Advertise for proposals by publication of a class 1 notice, under ch. 985
, in the official state newspaper. Similar notices may be placed in publications likely to inform potential bidders of the project. The department may solicit bids from qualified contractors to insure adequate competition. All advertisements shall contain the following information:
That the department shall consider only bids from persons who are responsible bidders and, unless sub. (9m) (ar) 2.
applies, qualified bidders.
Require that a guarantee of not less than 10 percent of the amount of the bid shall be included with each bid submitted guaranteeing the execution of the contract within 10 days of offering, if offered within 30 days after the date set for the opening thereof. The parties may agree to extend the time for offering of the contract beyond 30 days after the opening of bids.
If the federal government participates in a state project, the bid guarantee required in this paragraph controls, unless the federal government makes a specific provision for a different bid guarantee.
Publicly open and read aloud, at the time and place specified in the notice, all bids. Within a reasonable time after opening, tabulations of all bids received shall be available for public inspection.
Not allow or make any correction or alteration of a bid, except as provided in sub. (6)
At any time prior to the published time of opening, a bid may be withdrawn on written request submitted to the department by the bidder or the bidder's agent, without prejudice to the right of the bidder to file a new bid.
If a bid contains an error, omission or mistake, the bidder may limit liability to the amount of the bidder's bid guarantee by giving written notice of intent not to execute the contract to the department within 72 hours of the bid opening. The department of administration, with the approval of the attorney general, may settle and dispose of cases and issues arising under this subsection. However, if no such settlement is obtained, the bidder is not entitled to recover the bid guarantee unless the bidder proves in the circuit court for Dane County that in making the mistake, error or omission the bidder was free from negligence.
Any or all bids may be rejected if, in the opinion of the department, it is in the best interest of the state. The reasons for rejection shall be given to the bidder or bidders in writing.
Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the department from negotiating deductive changes in the lowest qualified bid.
The department may issue contract change orders, if they are deemed to be in the best interests of the state.
In this subsection, “bidder" includes a potential bidder.
The department shall certify bidders as qualified bidders under par. (b) 1.
and responsible bidders under par. (b) 2.
and shall administer a registration process for all bidders submitting bids on any construction project under this section. The department shall issue, in a timely manner, a certification decision on a complete application for certification. A certification under this subdivision is valid for 2 years except the department may decertify a bidder if the department determines that the bidder no longer meets the qualifications under par. (b)
and if the department follows a decertification process developed by rule that provides to the bidder notice, hearing, and a means to appeal.
Notwithstanding sub. (1m)
or (14) (d)
, the department may waive the condition of certification as a qualified bidder if the project is of such magnitude as to limit competition if the conditions under par. (b) 1.
The department shall consider for certification under par. (b)
associations consisting of at least 2 contracting firms that are organized for the purpose of entering into a construction contract as a single entity if at least one of the contracting firms is qualified under par. (b)
and if the assignment of, and provisions for the continuity of, the various responsibilities within the association are agreed upon before the contract is awarded.
To be certified as a qualified bidder, a bidder must meet all of the following conditions:
The bidder has completed at least one project that involved similar work to the work being bid and the project was at least 50 percent of the size or value of the division of the project being bid. If the department determines that more experience is necessary for a particular project, the department may include additional requirements in the specifications and certify bidders accordingly.
The bidder has access to all necessary equipment and the organizational capacity and technical competence necessary to perform the project work properly and expeditiously.
If the department so requires or the bidder will be considered unqualified, the bidder has submitted a sworn statement as to financial ability, equipment, and experience in construction and other information as may be necessary to determine the bidder's competency.
To be certified as a responsible bidder, a bidder must meet all of the following conditions:
The bidder submits a sworn statement, upon the department's request, that indicates that the bidder has adequate financial resources to complete the work being bid, taking into account any other work the bidder is currently under contract to complete.