(a) In the procurement of architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, environmental, land surveying, real property development services, and construction project management services, the university shall encourage firms engaged in the lawful practice of their profession to submit annually a statement of qualifications and performance data.
(b) (1)Statewide announcement of all projects requiring architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, environmental, land surveying, real property development services, or construction project management services shall be made by the university through advertisements placed in the California State Contracts Register and in publications of the respective professional societies and organizations of persons that perform those services. Alternatively, the university may develop policies to provide for electronic statewide notice of the required announcements to ensure notification through, at a minimum, appropriate professional societies and organizations and the California State Contracts Register, to those persons that perform the services sought to be procured.
(2) The university, for each proposed project, shall evaluate current statements of qualifications and performance data on file with the university, together with those that may be submitted by other firms regarding the proposed project.
(3) (A)The university, for each proposed project, shall conduct discussions with no less than three firms regarding anticipated concepts and the relative utility of alternative methods of approach for furnishing the required services.
(B) The university shall select, from the firms with which it conducted discussions in order of preference, based upon criteria established and published by the university, no less than three of the firms deemed to be the most highly qualified to provide the services required.
(C) If a project announcement results in submissions from fewer than three qualified firms, the university may then select from the available qualified firms and shall document its efforts to receive submissions from additional firms.
(D) These procedures shall specifically prohibit practices that might result in unlawful activity including, but not limited to, rebates, kickbacks, or other unlawful consideration, and shall specifically prohibit university employees from participating in the selection process when those employees have a relationship with a person or business entity seeking a contract under this section.
(4) This subdivision does not apply to a contract for the services described in Section 10510.4 with a total contract cost of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or less, provided that the type of project for which the contract is awarded is identified by the university in an annual announcement, made in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1), that identifies the project needs of the university that are projected to have a total contract price of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or less.