Design, Construction and Energy

Designing & Building Maryland's Future

The Department of General Services supervises and coordinates the design and construction of a wide range of state public improvements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars annually. DGS is committed to the fair and competitive selection of design consultants and construction contractors for capital improvement and maintenance projects. Once awarded, the department manages each contract to deliver quality projects that are on time and within budget.

Architectural/Engineering Services

Architects and engineers are selected based on a consideration of qualifications and subsequent negotiation of fees with top qualified firms. Unique A/E projects or those with fees anticipated above $500,000 are advertised in eMaryland Marketplace Advantage​.

Large Projects

Typically large stand alone AE project procurements are for contracts in excess of $500,000 or with unique features. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are advertised on eMaryland Marketplace. Firms submitting their proposals, which are evaluated and ranked by a qualification committee of DGS and using agency personnel. The Qualification Committee negotiates a fair, competitive and reasonable fee with the most qualified firm. If unsuccessful, the negotiations are terminated, and the committee begins negotiations with the next most qualified firm.

Multiple Design Projects

DGS often enters into indefinite quantity contracts with project design total values under $500,000 with A/E firms to provide as needed services to the department. These firms are selected by procedures similar to the procedures established for large projects, and are used on a rotating basis to handle smaller projects, studies, reviews and programs.  These contracts are referred to as ‘On-Call’ Contracts, current contracts are linked under the ‘On Call Contract’ hyperlink on this website.

Design/Build Projects

Periodically, the design and construction of a project are combined into one contract award. The award of these contracts are based on a criteria that consists of Design/Build Team Qualifications, Design Aspects, Maintainability/Operability, Price, and any other criteria deemed pertinent to the project. These projects are advertised on eMaryland Marketplace.​

Monitoring Bid Opportunities

All construction projects, over $15,000 placed out for bid are listed on eMaryland Marketplace.

Public Schools

DGS participates in administering the Public School Construction Program with the Maryland Office of Planning, Department of Education and staff of the Board of Public Works. DGS staff reviews requests from each local education agency, participates in public hearings, reviews design documents for all public school projects receiving state participation in funding and recommends authorization for projects to be bid for construction.  

Community Colleges

DGS coordinates with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Department of Budget and Management and the Maryland Department of Planning in administering the Community College Capital Improvements Program. DGS reviews facilities master plans for each institution, reviews programs and design documents for each project having state participation in funding, and coordinates payment of State funds. For more information, including the Community College Facilities Manual, consult the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Energy and Sustainability

The DGS Office of Energy and Sustainability (OE&S) is responsible for ensuring that the purchase and consumption of energy in State operations minimizes costs and enhances sustainability. OE&S purchases electricity, oversees the State’s Energy Performance Contracting program, manages the State Energy Database, and chairs the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee. OE&S plays a key role in organizing, coordinating and managing State operations towards a clean energy future.


EPC Pro​gram

26 Active Projects
$265,051,685​: Construction Costs
$24,896,718​: Annual Savings
103,107 Tons: Annual CO2 Reduction

Energy Purchasing

$153,473,455: Total Electricity Purchases (FY22)
$98,513,427: Savings from Energy Purchasing Strategies (FY12-FY21)
12.4%: Renewable Energy Purchases

Green Purchasing

$51,300,000: Environmentally Preferable Procurement (EPP) on Statewide Contracts (FY21)
10: Statutory Member Agencies of the Green Purchasing Committee

19: Green Purchasing Specialists certified at Maryland state agencies

EV Infrastructure Program

 76: Charging Ports installed at 17 Sites

State Energy Database

2008: Launch of State-Wide Database
14,100: Active Utility Accounts Tracked
120: Accounts Payable that DGS Monitors
12,100: Utility Meters Tracked
2.3 Million: Utility Invoices Tracked since 2007
11,000: Utility Invoices Processed Monthly
300+: Registered Users

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