College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Stacy Kolegraff, Phil Barlow
As the complexity of construction projects increases, more work is being subcontracted out by general contractors who oversee the construction of the project. Research suggests that a variety of factors are impacting subcontractors when putting together a bid. These factors were considered in determining a proposed solution for simplifying the bid process. This case study attempts to analyze the bidding process of construction projects in order to improve the accuracy of bids. Traditionally, bid documents include plans and specifications. This study analyzes the effects of adding a scope of work, as ascertained by the general contractor for each trade, to the bid documents. The scope of work is intended to provide a solution to the overly complicated bidding process. Bids were analyzed with and without the supply of a scope of work in order to determine if the proposed solution was appropriate. It was concluded that a scope of work is beneficial to subcontractors in simplifying the bidding process; however, it does not lead to more accurate bidding.