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January 29, 2015 -
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The question-and-answer sessions maintenance and engineering managers should hold with potential contractors during the pre-bid process helps vet candidates.
One important step to take with potential contractors is to prequalify each bidder, says Don Turner, Okaloosa (Fla.) County's facilities maintenance director. Among the concerns Turner says managers can consider when speaking with contractors are these:
Lower bids did influence the county's thoughts on hiring a contractor, but other factors also figured into the decision.
"Contractors had to pass the competency test," Turner says. "They had to submit evidence that they had recent experience with installing the type of roof systems called for on the roofing bid. In addition to submitting the lowest responsive bid for the project, the contractors had to provide complete and competitive unit prices for the components for quantities that may or may not be known at the time the roof project opens for bids."