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Bidding Government Work

Posted By Ken Horner, Friday, April 13, 2018

I find it difficult to believe, when bidding Naval Training Centers, that the selected GC doesn’t always read the DCM manual (Design Construct Manual).  This manual dictates the exacting requirements of what they want and should not be deviated from.


In other words, if they say they want 10 outlets on a wall, no matter how ridiculous it sounds, you should put it in your estimate.  Most of this work is design build based on the DCM manual.  What makes it even more difficult, you have to include a complete functional fire alarm system knowing full well that the Navy has final word, if that meets their requirements.  That, by the way, isn’t information always provided, so you have to quantify that in your scope letter that your price for a fire alarm system is based on the Navy approving your design.  You are required to state your price for the fire alarm system and provide a very detailed scope on all the devices you are using.


On this current job that I am bidding to the selected GC, he eliminated 25% of the outlets that were called for in the DCM manual so I did what he asked for and quantified what I was doing. I told him that he eliminated too many but he understood my counts and accepted that.


Moral of the blog is to be very careful when bidding government work of the design build nature and have a very detailed scope letter.


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Ken Horner, CPE

Certification Committee


March 14, 2018

Tags:  certification 

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