Capital Projects Management System
In 1989, the Board of Governors authorized the construction of a new dormitory at Rhode Island College. In view of changes in the Fair Housing Code, it was imperative that the residence hall be substantially completed by March 13, 1991. Considering this deadline and to expedite the bidding and award precesses, the state delegated purchasing authority to the Board of Governors for the project.
In an effort to ensure that all state and federal rule and regulations regarding construction safety and trade credentials were obeyed, the Board through the work of a subcommittee designed and implemented a project management system which established a constant owner’s presence on the construction site.
A construction clerk was hired to review the credentials of tradespersons employed in the project and to report any concerns to the owner (the Board, represented by the Office of Higher Education). Any observations or concerns brought to the attention of the Boards’s representative were discussed with the architect, the general contractor, and appropriate regulatory agencies and resolved in a timely manner.
In view of the success of that project it was proposed and adopted by the Board:
That the Board of Governors adopt the project management system used on the Rhode Island College residence hall project for all higher education capital construction projects in excess of $1.0 million.
That the Board continue to have the Office of Higher Education represent the Board as the owner on each project.