Bid Questions

Discussion (7)

  1. Guitarchitect

    You guys must be looking over my shoulder because this exact thing is happening to me right now! Contractors…can’t live with ‘em, can’t get your designs built without ‘em

  2. Phlox

    Here’s a question seeking meaning. “…the drawings aren’t…” what, complete, legible, to-scale…? The drawing is missing something. Haha, oh the irony! Did you do that on purpose? Sorry to nitpick, just curious what the missing word is. Thanks for the funnies.

  3. RamaFan

    Of course there is also explaining to the boss simple math formulas such as:

    If I have 6 projects in construction, 5 in bidding and 3 in drawing then if is spend half and hour a day on each, mostly calling contractors, answering e-mails, issuing addenda and other such tasks then iv’e spent 7 hours (.5 X 14); all but one-hour a day; doing things that are not ‘making us ‘new’ money’ and getting very little done drawing in CAD.

  4. Jerry

    The drawings I’ve been looking at (STR, but I know the Arch are likewise) are just ridiculous. Revit 2D exports are 90% crap. I’m working on 3 parking garages, 2 with podium retail/apts above. This week I see RFI #100 on one- and it’s not even out of the ground yet. You guys are designing the buildings as they are being built. I guess the consensus is that it’s cheaper in the end to scramble the gamut of involved parties than to make a good set of CDs in the first place. BTW, the subs you sneer at are the ones that fix all your mistakes “on the ground” and raise a building up out of the dirt. They are the builders, you designers are merely the administrators of the client$ wishes. And the GC? That is where the Buck Stops. Period. Ask yourself who is carrying the interim note?

  5. swolfearch

    “One of the bidders is acting like the drawings aren’t clear, or missing things. They are so full of it!”

    That attitude shows it’s the architect who’s full of it. Unless, of course, the bidding document are perfect, and perfectly coordinated. It’s far more common that someone in the office said this…

    • Dru

      I think I worked in that office. I swear, every project that went out for permit bidding already had a LIST of things that needed to be corrected in the upcoming weeks.

      The unscheduled time to fix “completed” projects was added to/came out of time needed for current projects which of course resulted in more projects that needed time after submission to complete/correct. It was a horrible few years riding that cycle.

  6. joearchnj

    I find on public bid jobs, the more honest contractors will try to get as much vague scope as possible defined during the bid process as possible to force the less reputable ones to include it in their bids, and I always appreciate those efforts.