Front End Documents

  1. Overview of Front End Documents
  2. Front End Document Sets
    1. CS-1
    2. CS-5
    3. CS-6
  3. Use of Front End Documents
  4. Examples of Projects

Overview of Front End Documents and Contract Requirements

FED requires the use of the CS front end documents on all projects it funds and manages. Other front end document sets may be utilized with FED permission only. Circumstances under which such permission may be granted most often arise due to a project's being co-funded with other State or Federal Agencies that use different document sets. The front end documents are written to primarily protect the Owner and the Contractor ;during the bid, construction, and warranty phases.  This is accomplished by laying out the circumstances of the Agreement in detail. It is critical that each party review and understand the contents of the Agreement prior to entering into the contract so that misunderstandings and disagreements are resolved prior to the start of construction.

Front End Document Sets

  1. CS-1: For use on projects with Estimated Construction Costs (including contingency) greater than $250,000. Includes the full set crosscutter requirements for DBE, Davis Bacon and AIS as well as requirements for bid bonds in the amount of 5% of the bid and payment  and performance bonds both in the amount of 100% of the contract value.
  2. CS-5: For use on projects with Estimated Construction Costs (including contingency) between $100,000 and $250,000. Includes full crosscutter requirements for Davis Bacon and AIS as well as full requirements for the bid.  Bid bond is required but a certified check for 5% of the amount of the bid can be used of a bid bond.  Payment and performance bonds are recommended but a letter of credit may be used in lieu of bonding. DBE Good Faith Effort is required but DBE 6100 Forms do not apply.
  3. CS-6: For use on projects with Estimated Construction Costs (including contingency) less than $100,000. Includes full crosscutter requirements for Davis Bacon and American Iron and Steel apply.

Use of Front End Document Sets

There are three sets of Front End Documents based on the total construction cost of the project. All of the documents are in Microsoft Office Word format. These documents are intended primarily for the use of Project Owners and their Engineers.

  1. Do not alter or amend the form's format or content. Ensuring the documents have not been altered or amended helps expedite the review process.  The recipient is expected to complete the required fields with the necessary information. However, the user of the documents is not to change the format of the documents (i.e. type size, font, headers, footers, margins, etc). Unapproved alterations to the documents may result in their rejection and require resubmittal of plans and specifications.
  2. Omissions or Errors. If there are any errors or omissions found in these files, please notify the assigned FED Construction Engineer to make the changes.
  3. FED Review.No project or contract is authorized to go to bid until FED has reviewed and approved the documents (that includes the Front End Documents, specifications, and plans). A project that goes to bid without prior approval puts the Owner at risk of losing some or all of the SRF funding. There are stringent Federal requirements that are attached to the funding. These documents were developed to meet those requirements and proceeding in the bid process without approved plans and specifications indicates a lack of conformance to the program.
  4. FED Updates: The document sets are updated regularly. The Consultant is responsible for incorporating the most up to date set into the contract at the time of bid.

Examples of Projects

CS-1: Large scale water, wastewater and stormwater projects including but not limited to facilities, pump stations, transmission mains, distribution systems, conveyance pipelines

CS-5: Smaller scale projects including but not limited to upgrades to small pump stations, short runs of pipe line, purchasing a piece of equipment (water meters, back up generators etc.) and the installation

CS-6: Generally used as part of Small Purchase Procurement. These purchases can include but are not limited to fire hydrants, valves, back up generators, and any other items that are critical to the function of the system. Small purchase funds must be used on items that are integrally connected to the system. Items that are to serve as "back up" or replacements in case another item fails are considered Operation and Maintenance costs and not eligible as Small Purchases.


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