Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Boston is hereby authorized to award any or all of the construction contracts for the proposed phase two renovation and restoration of the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square under the procedures contained in section thirty-nine M of chapter thirty of the General Laws. Said city of Boston is also authorized to prequalify general contractors and subcontractors to bid on the project. Applications for general contractors and subcontractors to be prequalified to bid on the project in their respective disciplines will be publicly advertised in the central register published by the state secretary pursuant to section twenty A of chapter nine of the General Laws, the official city record of said city of Boston and a newspaper of general circulation in the locality of the proposed project. Evaluations of applications will be conducted by a committee of professionals jointly appointed by the director of the public facilities department of said city of Boston and the director of the Boston public library to establish a list of those general contractors and subcontractors who will be prequalified to bid on the project. Only prequalified general contractors and subcontractors will be allowed to bid on the project. Applicant qualifications and experience will be established and rated in accordance with the standards of the United States Secretary of the Interior for Construction/Preservation on significant historic structures, for example National Register property. A certificate of eligibility will be issued to each prequalified general contractor and subcontractor by the director of said public facilities department. The project shall be awarded to the prequalified general contractor submitting the lowest responsible and eligible general bid on the project utilizing prequalified subcontractors.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, including provisions of ordinances of the city of Boston, to the extent any such provisions of law are inconsistent with the regulations, requirements and standards governing public construction in the commonwealth, the construction activities in connection with the project shall be under the exclusive control of the mayor of said city of Boston.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.