Objectives and Intended Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Identify the protection offered by various types of surety bonds and how to obtain maximum protection from them
- Structure bidder responsibility criteria in order to limit the chance of an unqualified contractor being awarded the project
- Articulate the key components of a contractor performance evaluation program that can be used to find a low bidder not a responsible contractor
- Write addenda to the bid documents that are clear and easily understood by bidders
- Identify key costs that may be included in an agency’s establishment of a daily liquidated damages amount
Awarding to the low bidder on a public construction project means the public agency gets the lowest price and the best deal for the taxpayers. Right? Or does it? There are many challenges with ensuring effective contractor performance on low bid projects. So are public agencies at the mercy of unscrupulous and less than qualified contractors? Fortunately, there are a number of tools available that can help protect public agencies on public construction projects. In this course, we will examine a host of key practices, protections, and strategies that help protect the public’s interests and provide leverage to help ensure the contractor performs satisfactorily. This course complements When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction Project and Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents.