Bid rigging, more formally known as bid collusion, is a serious matter. In fact it can be a crime. Any allegation of bid collusion should be backed up by tangible evidence. It is not an allegation which should be based on speculation or asserted for tactical advantage.
In a recent case out of Indiana, a disappointed bidder alleged that the public project owner’s architectural firm had structured a bid process to allow the architect to manipulate the system and disqualify any bidder that underbid a favored bidder. The allegation of favoritism arose from the fact a principal in the architectural firm was a close personal friend of a principal in the construction company which allegedly received the preferential treatment.
Maryland has approved the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Enactment of Maryland H.B. 972 earlier this month enables the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to adopt the IGCC and could facilitate IGCC adoption by local governments.
“I definitely do” believe that other states will adopt the IGCC in some form, Stuart Kaplow, chairperson of U.S. Green Building Council Maryland, told Green Building Insider. He reported that code officials from at least five other states have contacted him about Maryland’s legislation. He declined to reveal the identities of those states.
InterSpec Inc. and Digicon Information Inc. have entered into a partnership to bring building information modeling (BIM) integrated specifications solutions to Canada. The companies will deliver e-SPECS Software and Services Solutions integrated with the Canadian Master Specification (CMS) and National Master Specification (NMS) construction specification documents for InterSpec's customers in Canada. E-SPECS is a BIM Integrated Specification Solution providing a platform for customers to manage their design preferences, lessons learned, code requirements, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria, and more.