The Job-Order Contracting Solution

by Leif T. Erickson, Holmes & Narver Construction Services, Inc., 999 Town & Country Road, Orange, Calif. 92668,
Patrick D. Murphy, Holmes & Narver Construction Services, Inc., 999 Town & Country Road, Orange, Calif. 92668,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 4, Pg. 68-70


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A new method of contracting, Job Order Contracting, combines many contracts into one administered by one project team. They are competitively bid, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, fixed price contracts. They cover all types of construction maintenance, repair and renovation assignments. The method began in the military, when NATO forces were overwhelmed with work and needed an approach that would save time. Using, JOC's owners need only go through the competitive bidding process once instead of many times. Contract administration is minimized, and in-house staff resources stretched to accomplish other tasks. In many cases, the cost of work has been lower than when using conventional methods. JOC's are being used in the public sector other than military, at state, county and municipal levels. Several examples are given, with comments from officials using JOC's. The method shows promise for private sector clients as well.

Subject Headings: Bids | Construction | Contract management | Contracts | Costs

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