Design Review Committee

Chapter 5, Section 54 - 58

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint: 4 members 1 additional voting member for each facility under design review, who are community representatives who shall represent the interests of the community in which the proposed facility is to be located, and who reside in the immediate area of the facility.

Nonvoting membership. There shall be the following nonvoting members: one alderman, one school committee member for school department building projects, the planning director or his designee, the head of the using agency or his designee, and the public buildings commissioner or his designee. The public buildings commissioner shall also serve as secretary of the design review committee.

Coterminus with the Appointing Authority Community Representatives serve till the project is complete Term Limit: None

ARTICLE IV. DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE Sec. 5-54. Established. (a) A design review committee is hereby established to coordinate the design review process for any public facility which has been submitted to the committee by the mayor, board of aldermen or any other public agency or committee within the city.

(b) The design review committee shall examine the specifications prepared by the using agency and shall consult with the planning, public buildings and other city departments, or if appropriate, may request the public buildings commissioner to hire outside consultants to assist the design review committee in studying the feasibility of the proposed facility and shall consider to the extent the committee deems appropriate a range of solutions such as renewal, renovation or replacement within realistic budgetary limits and shall make a recommendation. The design review committee's study of the feasibility of the proposed facility shall include a review of indoor environmental health issues. The design review committee may make recommendations for specific program requirements for the proposed facility to address indoor environmental health issues. The design review committee shall include in its feasibility study a review of the proposed facility’s use of natural resources and energy. The design review committee may make recommendations as to site planning, building design, or construction that contribute significantly to the proposed facility’s efficient use and conservation of natural resources and energy. Whenever an architect is proposed to be engaged by the city in any design or consulting capacity, the design review committee shall review the contract between the city and the architect prior to its execution to assure that the scope of the work, as described in said contract, complies with the program requirements for the proposed public facility.

(c) The design review committee shall review the architect's solution for compliance with the program and time schedule requirements and shall evaluate the quality, appropriateness and functional attributes of the architect's solution. The committee shall have periodic meetings with the architect and hold periodic presentations and reviews and shall make reports as the project moves through the various stages of design to contract development. Prior to the issuance of bid documents, design review recommendations to the architect shall be made by the design review committee in writing to the commissioner of public buildings for his approval and issued from his office. The commissioner of public buildings shall not permit the construction contract to be advertised for public bid until the design review committee certifies in writing that the plans and specifications substantially meet the program requirements of the project.

(d) During the construction of the public facility, the commissioner of public buildings shall consult with the design review committee concerning any changes in the plans or specifications that may affect the design or program of the facility and the committee shall act promptly on all matters before it.

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