By Bruce Jervis
Bidders on public construction contracts frequently have exaggerated impressions of their rights. Basically, a disappointed bidder has only the tools conferred by regulation and statute. And, those laws vary greatly among jurisdictions.
This was illustrated in the bidding on a fire station project in Missouri. The fire district bypassed the low bid without any determination that the bid was nonresponsive or the bidder was not responsible. Bid protest rights under Missouri state law are currently a topic of conflict and confusion, so the low bidder raised a constitutional challenge in the federal courts. Read more.
This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:
- Construction equipment scale models
- A look at construction waste
- Good news on surety bonds for small contractors
- Management advisory for project supervision
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to grant exemptions for commercial use of drones, reaching 3,711 this past week. In other news, two of the leading drone manufacturers have announced new drones that will contain collision avoidance technology. Read more...