UCSB San Benito Student Housing (CMAR Prequalification ONLY)

Project No. FM240284P


Bidding Closed

Bid Date2/15/24 4:00pm

Company & Contacts

UCSB Design and Construction Services
Telli Foster, University Rep.  
(805) 448-1379


UCSB Campus

NOTE: A prospective CMAR bidder must be registered and logged into the UCSB planroom to submit its completed prequalification documents electronically via the 'Submit Bid' tab above AND it must be submitted prior to the stated bid deadline.

Subject to conditions prescribed by the University of California, Santa Barbara (hereinafter “UCSB” or “University”) is seeking responses to the University's Level 1 prequalification documents for a Construction Manager-at-Risk Contractor (Best Value Selection) for the UCSB San Benito Student Housing project.


UCSB San Benito Student Housing project, located on the main UC Santa Barbara campus, is envisioned as a new LEED Platinum residential community, providing student apartments with a range of amenities. Located on roughly 6.6 acres of developable area and surrounded by a sizable Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (“ESHA”), the sloping topography will incorporate native plantings and preserve the protected landscape. The current program goals are to provide an estimated 2,250 student beds, retail dining, and various support spaces, in approximately 700,000 gross square feet across multiple buildings. In addition to the site and utility connections, the UCSB San Benito Student Housing project will make improvements to adjacent roads, parking, and bike paths.


UCSB is soliciting pre-qualifications for CM-AT-RISK (CMAR) Contractors with a proven history of exceptional collaboration, integrated design, innovative delivery methods, and the highest-level commitment to the successful development of the UCSB San Benito Student Housing Project. The University has determined that bidders who submit proposals on this project must be prequalified.  Prequalified bidders will be required to have the following active and current California contractor's license at the time of its submittal:  B – (General Building Contractor).

Partnering with a University-hired A/E team, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (“SOM”), the CMAR contractor will use an integrated design delivery model; incorporating lean project delivery processes, tools, and ideologies throughout the project lifecycle. A team-oriented approach will be paramount to the project’s success, requiring inclusive workshops throughout the design and construction processes. The University’s dedication to the academic mission supporting student success, includes the promotion of sustainable design in consideration of site conditions, energy efficiencies, water conservation, and overall user experience.  Implementing specified aspects of the project within a Design-Build framework for specific trades, the successful CMAR team, including its subcontractors, and suppliers will perform their respective portions of work using industry proven project delivery methodologies and building information modeling (“BIM”) support. With a goal of achieving best value through optimal design, increased labor efficiency, modular or prefabricated components, the CMAR will be required to identify the appropriate approach to these best practices.

Estimated cost to the midpoint of construction: $550,000,000


The methodology used to determine Best Value as part of the competitive bidding process will be described in the Construction Documents. The lowest responsible bidder will be selected by the University on the basis of the Best Value to the University. The Best Value to the University will be determined using objective criteria with the resulting selection representing the best combination of both price and technical qualifications.


Each candidate firm may be required to show evidence of its equal employment opportunity policy.  Every effort will be made to ensure that all persons shall have equal access to contracts and other business opportunities with the University, regardless of: race; color; religion; sex; age; ancestry; national origin; sexual orientation; physical or mental disability; veteran's status; medical condition; genetic information; marital status; gender identity; pregnancy; service in the uniformed services; or citizenship within the limits imposed by law or University's policy.