General Contracting Process

  • Owner hires design team
  • Work through design development documents to complete construction documents
  • Documents put out to bid to General Contractors
  • Perception that Owner will receive the best value through competitive bid process
  • Reality is sub bidding is inconsistent and fragmented
  • Subcontractors not bidding to a predetermined scope or schedule
  • Scope gaps and duplications
  • No commitment to project schedule
  • Check and balance between designers and contractor during construction
  • Owner coordinating contractual relationships with at least two separate entities that may be disconnected and have different agendas
  • Little or no input from contractors regarding constructability, budget, value engineering, product options means, methods, or schedule (ID of long lead items)
  • No test of budget until bids come in. Impact to schedule if over budget and to design cost for re-design
  • No control over who gets the job. Everyone on the project was the low bidder; could impact quality and schedule
  • Relationship is established through a competitive process.
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