In many jurisdictions across the country, bidders on public works contracts are required to list the key subcontractors they intend to use if awarded the contract. Many times, the list of trade contractors is provided by the public project owner, based on successful sub-bidders on those trade contracts. Sometimes the bidder simply commits in advance to subcontractors it selected. Unauthorized substitution of listed subcontractors typically subjects the bidder to a financial penalty.
The key players in the construction of the Clark County (Nev.) Regional Justice Center and the adjacent Detention Center in Las Vegas are back in court. This time, the county is suing its engineering contractor, Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. The projects both ran tens of millions of dollars over budget and finished nearly four years behind schedule. In its latest court filing, on Jan. 20, the county is seeking undisclosed damages for Jacobs’ “gross mismanagement” of the projects as well as for its role that led to major delays and cost overruns.
California's Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has adopted a mandatory Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN), which is designed to improve energy efficiency and environmental responsibility for new buildings. CALGREEN, which is believed to be the first such code of its kind in the United States, is scheduled to take effect in January 2011.
Bentley Systems Inc., which provides architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, has committed to establish an international Shared Services, Sales and Marketing Centre in Dublin, Ireland. The investment was facilitated by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.