Can You Choose a Contractor on Cost? Does Hard Bid Work?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 6, 2018

Hard bid pricing is a standard in the building industry that after several years in decline appears to be making a come back. In a hard bid situation, multiple contractors take the same set of plans and specifications and at the end of the bid […]

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Which came first, the architect or the contractor?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 26, 2015

I had a nice conversation with a potential client today and he asked me whether it is better to hire the contractor and use their architect or to hire the architect directly. We do work for clients and we do work for contractors so I […]

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Hard Bid for Construction – Division Break Down

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP September 5, 2013

We are seeing an increasing number of building projects being hard bid by multiple contractors. For architects and owners it is important to remember to ask all of your bidders to provide a breakout by division. With a divisional breakdown attached to your hard bid […]

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