The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The Superintendent shall recommend design-build firms and design criteria professionals to the School Board for contracts or commissioning in accordance with State law (F.S. 287.055), and the most current version of the District's Procedures for Selection of Design-build Firms and Design Criteria Professionals.


The terms "design-build firm," "design-build contract," "design criteria package," and "design criteria professional" are defined in State law. (F.S. 287.055(2) (h), (i), (j) and (k))

Selection and Procurement Process

 A.Design Criteria Professionals
  The design criteria package shall be prepared and sealed by a Design Criteria Professional (DCP) employed by or retained by the Board. If the Board elects to enter into a professional services contract for the preparation of the design criteria package, then the (DCP) shall be selected and contracted with in accordance with the Procedures for the Selection of Design Criteria Professionals which includes the requirements of State law (F. S. 287.055(4) and (5)). A DCP who has been selected to prepare the design criteria package shall not be eligible to render services under the design-build contract executed pursuant to the design criteria package. At a minimum, the professional services contract will provide for the following:

  1.the preparation of a design criteria package for the project

  2.consultation concerning the evaluation of the bids submitted by the design-build firms and recommendations regarding the detailed working drawings of the project

  4.evaluation of compliance of project construction with the design criteria package

 B.Design-Build Firms
  The Board shall award design-build contracts in accordance with the Procedures for Selection of Design-build Firms, which procedures provide at a minimum for the following:

  1.the qualification and selection of no fewer than three (3) design-build firms as the most qualified, based on the qualifications, availability, and past work of the firms, including the partners or members thereof

  2.the criteria, procedures, and standards for the evaluation of design-build contract proposals or bids, based on price, technical, and design aspects of the public construction project, weighted for the project

  3.the solicitation of competitive proposals, pursuant to a design criteria package, from those qualified design-build firms and the evaluation of the responses or bids submitted by those firms based on the evaluation criteria and procedures established prior to the solicitation of competitive proposals the case of public emergencies, for the Board to declare an emergency and authorize negotiations with the best qualified design-build firm available at that time

The Board will supervise or approve the detailed working drawings of the project as appropriate.

F.S. 287.055, 1001.41, 1013.45