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Bid Deadline

Posted By Joe Flemming, Monday, February 19, 2018


RFI Response

Most bid documents include a deadline for asking questions to be answered in an addendum. Many times, questions are not even answered in the final addendum or are “answered” with a cryptic response that generates more questions with no chance to get a response. If owners and designers understood that unanswered questions cost money to their project, would they provide distinct, quality responses?



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Joe Flemming, FCPE

January 20, 2018

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Bryan Mixer says...
Posted Monday, February 26, 2018
Joe: I have often wondered the same thing - do owners ever realize that by "cutting" a designer's fee for a project (theoretically saving money), they are shortchanging themselves in the long run? This is literally wasting dollars to save nickels. However, in the defense of some Addenda/RFI "answers", the questions themselves are not always the most clear and concise. ALL parties can improve their communication in this regard to improve the overall project and/or process.
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Chris Morton says...
Posted Monday, February 26, 2018
In this busy industry, setting a deadline for RFIs of 7 days before the bid date is not reasonable. Most subcontractors do not have a chance to look at the drawings and specs in detail until a few days before the bid date. Not sure how we can remedy this, but the design team needs to figure out a way to reduce the RFI response time.
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