By Bruce Jervis
Correction of a bid mistake after bid opening poses some difficult questions. If a low bid can be corrected, still leaving the bid as low, isn’t this advantageous for the project owner? The alternative is to allow withdrawal of the mistaken bid, to which the bidder would clearly be entitled, and award of the contract at a higher price to the second low bidder. But isn’t any change in a bid price after disclosure of all bid prices contrary to the fundamental principles of sealed competitive bidding? ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
Spending legislation currently undergoing congressional consideration threatens to thwart certain key requirements for reducing energy use in federal buildings, but could the proposal additionally impede progress toward developing new materials, techniques, and technologies that make buildings more energy efficient? At least one group is fearful of such a double whammy. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
Modularization and prefabrication will play an increasingly larger role in improving the productivity of the entire construction value chain -- on par with lean construction techniques, alternative project delivery methodologies, and 3D and 4D modeling, according to a white paper that FMI released earlier this month. However, the report emphasizes that for modularization and prefabrication to maximize their potential to improve industry productivity, construction professionals first need to take several important steps. ... Read more.