(a) The director may utilize best value procurement to enter into a contract when he or she determines in writing that it is advantageous to the state.
(b) A solicitation for bids under best value procurement shall be made in the same manner as provided in section ten of this article.
(c) Best value procurement awards shall be based on criteria set forth in the solicitation including, but not limited to, price, the total cost of acquiring, operating, maintaining and supporting a commodity or service over its projected lifetime, the evaluated technical merit of the bidder's bid or proposal, the bidder's past performance, and the evaluated probability of performing the requirements stated in the solicitation on time, with high quality, and in a manner that accomplishes the business objectives set forth in the solicitation.
(d) The award must be made to the highest scoring responsive and responsible bidder whose bid is determined, in writing, to be most advantageous to the state, taking into consideration all evaluation factors set forth in the best value solicitation.
(e) The director may not use best value procurement to enter into government construction contracts, including, but not limited to, those set forth in article twenty-two, chapter five of this code.