Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects VIRTUAL CLASS

  • Date: 12/14/2020
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM Pacific Time
  • End Time: 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Hosted By: Columbia Chapter of NIGP
  • Instructor: Mr. Mike Purdy
    Mr. Mike Purdy
    With more than 40 years of experience, Mike Purdy is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on public procurement and contracting issues. Mike worked for the City of Seattle for more than two decades where he administered the city's construction and consultant contracts as the city's Contracting Manager. He then spent five years at the Seattle Housing Authority where he served as Contracting and Procurement Manager, overseeing all of the contracting and purchasing (construction, design consultants, other consultants, service providers, goods and supplies) for the largest residential landlord in Washington state. In 2005, he was appointed as the Contracts Manager for the University of Washington's Capital Projects Office where he was responsible for managing design and construction contracts for more than $1 billion worth of projects at the University Since his retirement in 2010, Mike has worked as a self-employed consultant through his firm, Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC, providing strategic assistance to government agencies in managing the complexities of public contracting. Mike is a sought-after speaker and has provided well-received and relevant training across the country. He also maintains a popular Public Contracting Blog at, designed to keep public agencies, contractors, and consultants up-to-date on key developments in public procurement and contracting. Mike has a bachelor's degree in business and public administration and an MBA, both from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). On the Faculty of: Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents; Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects; When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction Project
  • Level: Advanced
  • Format: In-Person
  • Contact Hours: 7.5
  • Recertification: Non-Accredited
This course has been converted to Virtual delivery

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.

Institute Member: Early$285.00 10/15/2020
Institute Member: Standard$310.0010/16/202012/08/2020
Non-Member: Early$385.00 10/15/2020
Non-Member: Standard$410.0010/16/202012/08/2020
Institute Member: Standard $310.00
Non-Member: Standard $410.00
(prices valid until Dec 8, 2020)
Spots available: 25


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

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Mid-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as senior buyers, managers, directors, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who either provide procurement functions that support entity programs under delegated authority, or who already have a good understanding of basic procurement principles but wish to get more in-depth, hands-on training.   

  • Professionals who are employed by local governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly funded or created entities) who either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Supplier managers and supervisors seeking to understand the public procurement function from a more in-depth holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


Course Outline

Is the Contractor Qualified?

  • Pre-qualify Bidders
  • Establish Bidder Responsibility Criteria
  • Specification Qualification Requirements
  • Subcontractor Approval Process

How Can You Manage the Bidding Process?

  • Develop Clear Bidding Documents
  • Optional vs. Mandatory Pre-Bid Meetings
  • Craft Clear Addenda
  • Accept Bidder’s Claim of Error

How Can Bonding Companies Help?

  • Bid Bonds and Other Bid Guaranties
  • Performance Bonds
  • Payment Bonds
  • Warranty Bonds

What Financial Tools Are at Your Disposal?

  • Withhold Retainage
  • Determine and Assess Liquidated Damages
  • Assess Actual Damages
  • Obtain Release of Claims Prior to Payments

What Are Effective Construction Management Practices?

  • Avoid Front-Loaded Schedule of Values
  • Inspect Work Performed
  • Review Pay Applications for Work Completed
  • Manage Claims Process
  • Control Change Orders Approved

Can You Evaluate Contractor Performance?

  • Features of Effective Contractor Performance Evaluation Programs
  • Using Results from Contractor Evaluations

When Can You Award Based on Price and Qualifications?

  • Best Value Procurement
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Manager at Risk
  • Job Order Contracting


  • One Day, in-person classroom experience

Registration Information

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.

Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form


Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
2411 Dulles Corner Park, Suite 350
Herndon, VA 20171

Local Contact

Name:Kathryn Braeme-Burr


Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 30 days prior to the seminar start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing No refunds are given for cancellations received within 30 days of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.  

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer's name and contact information in lieu of payment information. 

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Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects VIRTUAL CLASS

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