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Bulletin 1, January 11, 2005

Bulletin 1, January 11, 2005

SUBJECT  

  1. Fire Protection Systems
  2. Roofing Details
  3. Construction Safety Policy
  4. Tender Document Issues

ITEM 1 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Reference Section B.15.3 – Fire Protection Systems

Article B.15.3.3.19 – Change to read: All steel piping shall be manufactured in Canada or the United States. All piping shall be ULC listed and stamped accordingly. Pipe fittings are not required to be manufactured in Canada or the United States. All pipe fittings shall be ULC listed and stamped accordingly. Piping or fittings that are not stamped shall not be accepted.



ITEM 2 ROOFING DETAILS

Mechanical and Electrical Penetrations Through the Building Envelope:
All penetrations through exterior walls and/or roofs are to be designed to meet acceptable standards for moisture and thermal protection. On new construction and additions these penetrations should be in the Architectural drawings. All roof penetrations must meet the MRGNB and CRCA standards. Wall penetrations must provide proper moisture and thermal protection similar to window openings. Projects that are mainly Mechanical and/or Electrical are to have Building Envelope penetrations designed by qualified Architects.



ITEM 3 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY POLICY

  1. APPLICATION:
    This policy applies to construction work tendered by the Buildings Group, Department of Supply and Services.
  2. PURPOSE:
    To provide safe working conditions and environments on Department of Supply and Services’ construction projects.
  3. GENERAL POLICY:

    The Occupational Health and Safety Requirements of all contracts dictate that any prospective contractor and sub-contractor must meet the minimum standards under the New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

    Effective April 1, 2004 the Department of Supply and Services, Province of New Brunswick require contractors bidding on projects valued over $1,000,000 to have an audited safety program.

    The Department of Supply and Services, Province of New Brunswick will, prior to contract award, request the successful bidder to provide a current Letter of Good Standing under the Certificate of Recognition Program issued by the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association or an acceptable equivalent that demonstrates they meet their obligations under the New Brunswick Health and Safety Association and Regulations.

    Acknowledgement of an audited safety program will be required at time of tender closing.

    Contractors are encouraged to review the requirements for obtaining certification of their safety programs, to ensure they have the necessary approvals in place.

    The Department of Supply and Services will be phasing in the requirement for an audited safety program as follows:

    • April 1, 2004 - Projects exceeding $1,000,000.00 value.
    • April 1, 2005 – Projects exceeding $500,000.00 value.
    • January 1, 2006 – Projects exceeding $100,000.00 value.

  4. INQUIRIES:
    For further information, please contact the Buildings Groups, Department of Supply & Services at (506)453-2228.



ITEM 4 TENDER DOCUMENT ISSUES

I would like to clarify three important issues in the preparation of tender documents for major capital projects as follows:

  1. Deposits for Obtaining Tender Documents
    Deposit Tender Value
    $ 25.00 + HST (non refundable) less than $1,000,000
    $150.00 + HST ($50.00 non refundable) over $1,000,000
  2. Sub Trades through Bid Depository

    For projects estimated at $500,000 or greater the following trades, as applicable, will be called through the Bid Depository:

    Structural Steel over $ 50,000
    Roofing over $ 50,000
    Masonry over $100,000
    Plumbing over $ 50,000
    HVAC over $ 50,000
    Sprinkler over $ 50,000
    Electrical over $ 50,000
    Controls over $ 50,000

    For projects estimated at less than $500,000 use of the Bid Depository will be at the discretion of the Department of Supply and Services. The same limits for sub trade values would apply if the Bid Depository is used.

  3. Bid Security

    If the value of the project is under $500,000, the bid security may be a Bid Bond or a Certified Cheque. At the discretion of the Department of Supply and Services, bid security may be limited to a Bid Bond only.

    If the value of the project is over $500,000, the bid security shall be a Bid Bond only.


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