A reader recently raised an interesting question regarding a quantity estimating error and unbalanced bidding. The contractor in question had been quite certain a quantity estimate in a bid schedule was greatly understated. The contractor assigned an inflated unit price to this item, while bidding other items basically at cost. The contractor was awarded the contract, only to have the project owner delete the item with the understated quantity. The reader asked if this was permissible.
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) recently introduced the Operations Report Card (ORC), an online tool that benchmarks current performance, analyzes existing conditions, and recommends environmentally preferable improvements for existing school buildings.
The new program allows both high- and low-performance schools to benchmark their current performance and receive suggestions for improvement in energy efficiency, thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustics, and indoor air quality. ORC development was funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission. ORC combines facilities data, system and classroom measurements, and occupant surveys to generate report card scores and recommended improvements.
Beck Technology LTD has been awarded a task order under its nationwide building information modeling (BIM) indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract with the U.S. General Services Administration to conduct a feasibility study for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).