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TO:                   Superintendents of Schools


FROM:              J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:               December 20, 2000


RE:                   Alternative Delivery Construction Methods - Implementation of L.D. 2311



            Please be advised that consistent with L.D. 2311 applications are now available for those school systems interested in piloting an Alternative Delivery Construction Project. 


            Over the years, virtually all of Maine's school construction projects have proceeded through a traditional design-bid-build process.  The notion of alternative approaches was discussed by the Governor's Commission on School Facilities and examined by the Legislature following recommendations from a stakeholders group.  After some deliberation, L.D. 2311 was passed, and the Department of Administration and Financial Affairs has now joined the DOE in implementing the provisions of this statute.


            Be advised that pilots for alternative approaches carry no new monies for school construction.  Projects that are most likely to candidate for these pilots will be those with local funding only and those already approved for major capital construction or revolving renovation funds. 


            In total, ten pilot projects can go forward; they will be spread out over the next five years. Upon receipt of applications a statewide panel of construction industry representatives will select and work with pilot projects.


            For further information click on the following, , go to the Department's web-page where the application may be accessed, or call Scott Brown at 287-5906.