(a) This article provides for a pilot program for the Regents of the University of California for projects over one million dollars ($1,000,000).
(b) The Regents of the University of California shall let any contract for a project pursuant to this article to the lowest responsible bidder or else reject all bids.
(c) The lowest responsible bidder may be selected on the basis of the best value to the university, as defined in Section 10506.5. In order to implement this method of selection, the Regents of the University of California shall adopt and publish procedures and required guidelines for evaluating the
qualifications of the bidders that ensure that best value selections by the university are conducted in a fair and impartial manner. These procedures and guidelines shall conform to the requirements of Sections 10506.6 and 10506.7 and shall be mandatory for the university when using best value selection.
(d) If one or more of the bids is substantially equal to the lowest bid, and at least one of those bidders is a disadvantaged business enterprise, a women business enterprise, or a disabled veteran business enterprise, the regents may award the contract in accordance with the policies and procedures adopted pursuant to Section 10500.5.
(e) If the regents deem it to be for the best interest of the university, the regents may, on the refusal or failure of the successful bidder for a project to execute a tendered contract, award it to the second lowest responsible bidder. If the
second lowest bidder fails or refuses to execute the contract, the regents may likewise award it to the third lowest responsible bidder.