Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: December 15, 2008
Sen. Coates Files Bill to Protect Jobs for State's Construction
Author Wants State to Use More Tried and True Construction
The weak economy is negatively impacting many industries including construction.
Due to the economic slowdown, many commercial construction projects are
getting put on hold across the state. State Sen. Harry
Coates says that construction professionals are seeing even more of
their job opportunities go to out-of-state entities because of an unfair
state law. For this reason, he has filed Senate Bill 31 to remove the
design-build delivery method from the Public Building Construction and
"Since the addition of the design-build aspect of the Act in 2000,
we've seen more and more projects go to out-of-state companies because
in many cases Oklahoma contractors, including some of the state's best,
can't meet the selection criteria required under current rules,"
said Coates, R-Seminole. "Removing this delivery method will allow
more Oklahoma companies to qualify for construction jobs."
"Design-build" is a project delivery method whereby the state
acquires both design and construction services in the same contract from
a single entity known as the design builder without the bid component
of the traditional design-bid-build process. Under more traditional methods
like design-bid-build, the architect and engineer work for the building
owner. However, under the design-build method, the architect and contractor
work together so that there is no design entity looking after the state's
"There needs to be a clear separation of design services from those
services provided by the builder. Otherwise, there is no entity looking
out for the best interest of the public in getting the best construction
for the dollars spent," said Coates. "The design-build delivery
method clearly eliminates competition within the public construction market."
Coates pointed to the recent awarding of $100 million to out-of-state
firms for the construction of four new armories in the state as an example
of why he feels his legislation is necessary. The projects will be completed
using the design-build method. Due to the selection criteria required
under this rarely-used method in the state, Oklahoma contractors were
unable to qualify for the projects. Coates went on to say that without
his legislation the remaining $50 million in armory projects will more
than likely be awarded to out-of-state entities.
For more information contact:
Senator Coates' Office: (405) 521-5547