airports’ demands. Airports, airlines, concessionaires
and private aviation support enterprises are
completing new projects at previously unseen
levels. Such work requires design and construction
professionals willing and able to consider all delivery
options to successfully execute their projects.
Low-bid construction procurement (design-bid-build
delivery) goes in and out of favor regularly.
When commodity prices are down
and competition is high, owners
see an opportunity to capitalize
on a buyer’s market. When prices
are up and the architecture,
engineering and construction
(AEC) community is very busy,
owners strive to get the most
for their dollar.
Both of these scenarios carry
risks. When competition is fierce,
AEC firms may sacrifice quality
and service to win a job. If work
is plentiful, desired firms may put
their B-team on the job or pass
entirely. While design-bid-build
may be familiar and o;er a linear process, the results
can include extended schedules and pricing that isn’t
established until design is complete and the project
has been bid. The lack of contractor input during
planning and design — and the inherently adversarial
relationships fostered when interests are not aligned
with the owner — also can prove problematic.
So, what is an owner to do? What options are
available when public dollars are being used,
schedules are compressed and budgets are tight?
Thankfully there are several approaches that can
be tailored to an owner’s needs and abilities.
Over Budget — Rebid?