VOLUME 3   ISSUE 38   SEPTEMBER 19, 2014


By Bruce Jervis


The inclusion of optional additive or deductive work items in a bid solicitation can complicate the process. Bidders get confused and submit incomplete or nonresponsive bids. Project owners may be unsure regarding evaluation and comparison of bid prices.


A recent federal procurement compounded these problems. The agency included in the solicitation an optional additive work item requiring 35 days to perform. The agency also stipulated a daily rate of agency administrative costs to be applied to the bidder’s proposed performance period. The administrative cost was supposed to be used for purposes of bid price evaluation only. But, one bidder inadvertently took exception to the maximum allowable performance period. Its low bid was rejected as nonresponsive. ... Read more.


Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:

  • Supplier Did Not Have to Prove Delivery to Job Site
  • Commitment to Timely Completion Called into Question


By Steve Rizer


“Once you realize you’re in a troubled project, it’s probably time to take a look at your contract-administration procedures and make sure you’re being as sharp and diligent with those as you need to be.” This is one of many pieces of advice that attorney Paul Berning offered during “How to Survive a Troubled Project,” a 90-minute webinar that WPL Publishing held last week. “We all know that if the jobs are going well and everybody’s working well together, then maybe the paperwork is not quite as official as the contract requires or is not as normal, but if you get into a troubled project, you really need to start thinking about your contract-administration obligations to make sure that you’re doing things timely and preserving your rights.” ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


Five prominent organizations within the green building community have banded together to facilitate more environmentally sustainable structures across America, but how successful will the new partnership prove to be? What will the group be doing to accomplish their objectives, and will policymakers cooperate? For some of the details about the group’s strategy and a few predictions about the partnership’s ultimate impact, click here.


By Steve Rizer


There is a veritable laundry list of new features included in the latest version of the national standard for computer-aided design (CAD) -- a standard intended to help architects, constructors, and operators coordinate efforts by classifying electronic design data consistently and making information retrieval easier. One of the major changes appearing in the recently released National CAD Standard Version 6 (NCS V6) is guidance for incorporating NCS content within a building information modeling (BIM) workflow, according to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), which unveiled NCS V6 with Construction Specifications Institute. To see some of the other features in the new NCS, click here.





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