Constructibility Review of Documents Before Bidding

by Eli T. Abdallah, Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction, Services Inc, New York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Avoiding Contract Disputes


Many claims have their inception at the very beginning of a project, specifically at the time of bidding. Contractors review the Contract Documents prior to bidding. The way in which they interpret the documents influence their bid. For every ambiguity and unclear instruction will be interpreted in favor of the Contractor by adding contingent fees to cover the cost of the extra work. This extra work may also be recovered by instituting a claim which may add time and cost to the project. However, higher bids, claims for additional cost, and time delays can be avoided, or at the very least, minimized by conducting a constructibility review. A constructibility review should be conducted by a team of experts who have not been previously associated with the project.

Subject Headings: Bids | Reviews | Construction management | Claims | Project management | Contracts and subcontracts | Contract documentation | Benefit cost ratios

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