Selecting the right subcontractors requires a combination of project knowledge and solid relationship building. Bid packages should consider not only recommended trade and labor divisions, but also long lead items, sequencing and phasing, local practices and other considerations that affect bid competitiveness and efficiency of the progress, in both the design and construction phases.
How Riley Can Help
During the design development phase, Riley recommends the segregation of work into various bid packages and conducts a pre-bid conference to arrange for solicitation of bids. Our standard practice is to secure as many competitive bids as possible from qualified sources. We recommend the purchasing strategy to be followed for each package, considering all the above bid package considerations, as well as agency approvals, funding and equal opportunity requirements, if any.
As a major builder in the Northern Illinois/Southeastern Wisconsin area, we have long term relationships with qualified trade contractors and material suppliers. Riley projects always receive significant attention and interest from prospective bidders and attract substantial bidding interest.
We maintain a comprehensive directory of all national and local trade contractors and suppliers considered to be qualified to bid work on our projects. This directory, together with inquiries received from other interested bidders, will be used as the basis for the bidders list to be reviewed with the owner and the architect prior to invitations to bid being issued.