Strategy: Selecting the Right Contractor
This CURT web-based training is based on the CURT User Practice (UP-1002).
The contractor selection process includes two critical elements:
- Prequalification, where a “long-list” of possible contractors is reduced to the four or five contractors most capable of meeting project objectives.
- Final Contractor Selection, where proposals from prequalified contractors are compared and evaluated based on a predetermined list of selection criteria.
All site and project contractors must be prequalified, including subcontractors and sub-tier contractors. Owners who self-insure workers’ compensation and general liability should require all contractors to be qualified for their insurance program.
The owner’s Project Manager is accountable to ensure that a contractor selection work process is developed and implemented. The Project Manager is supported in this effort by other members of the Project Team.
Prequalification of construction suppliers is done before the formal contractor selection process begins—before a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued.
The prequalification work process includes the following steps:
- Establish the Selection Team
- Identify qualification criteria
- Identify potential suppliers
- Prequalify suppliers
The final contractor selection process includes the following steps:
Develop and issue the Request for Proposal (RFP)
Receive and evaluate proposals
Hold bid-clarification meetings
Select the contractor
Effective contractor selection is critical to project success. Owners who use a deliberate prequalification process to establish a group of qualified contractors experience better project results. Prequalification establishes a short list of only the most-capable contractors, enabling the Project Team to focus its attention on only the best. Prequalification requires significant owner investment in both effort and project calendar time. This investment, however, pays dividends by improving project cost and reducing schedule, safety, and quality risk.
$199.00 - Friends of CURT / Non-members
$149.00 - CURT members (Email Steve Lindholm or call 513-683-4914 for Discount Code)