So I just finished week four of my co-op! Four down and just twelve to go. This week I had the opportunity to attend a pre-bid site visit. This type of site visit is for contractors that want to work on the project. They come to the site and get walked around by the architect and the on site engineer so they can give a proper bid when it comes bid time. It was an interesting experience and I’m glad my boss let me take an hour out of my day to tag along. I learned a lot of interesting things about the process of a project going to bid including…
- If any remodeling project in a state building exceeds $500,000 it triggers an accessibility upgrade in the entire building. Meaning the whole building must be brought up to the current accessibility standards.
- The architect leading the site visit is not allowed to answer any questions verbally. All questions must be submitted in writing so the answer can be emailed to everyone. It insures a fair bidding process for everyone.
- An occupied project (a project where the building must remain up and running throughout the entire process) almost always cost more. In this type of project phasing and sequencing of the work is everything.
There’s another site visit coming up on Monday, that I think I’m tagging along with as well, plus I’ll be visiting the states official “house doctor” on Wednesday. House doctor is the term the state uses for their architects. It was an interesting week and week five looks even more promising!