How to develop a collaborative team that wins
In their latest edition of The Dotted Line series, Construction Dive explores the benefits and challenges of team bidding.
It takes a wide variety of expertise and skills for major projects to be completed successfully, which typically means on budget and on schedule. However, the collaboration between designers, contractors and other specialists critical to the job doesn’t always begin after the contracts have been issued or when crews get ready to take the first shovels to dirt. Sometimes the team comes together for the bidding process.
For example, just last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that three teams would submit full bids this summer for the $700 million construction component of the new $1.7 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters. One team consists of Clark Construction Group, JE Dunn Construction and architecture firm HOK. The second includes McCarthy Building Cos., HITT Contracting, Fluor, Gensler and Black & Veatch, and the third counts Alberici Constructors, Mortenson and Corrigan Co. and Civil Design among its members.
Team bidding has several advantages, said Quinn Murphy, commercial and construction attorney with Sandberg Phoenix in St. Louis. With qualified designers, engineers and contractors on the same team, he said, the project should end with a higher level of quality and efficiency. Having all the companies on the same team also eliminates the squabbles that can erupt between, for example, the architect and contractor because their interests in the project are now aligned.
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