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March 27th, 2012 - 9:20 am § in Bids, Construction News, Legislation & Law, New Laws, Public Contracting

Washington’s New Bidder Preference Fair, or Bad Idea?

  The State of Washington decided that it was time for a bidder preference law. Many, including me, feared that not only would it make construction more costly for public agencies, but that the state was feeding an “eye for an eye” mentality instead of being a leader in cost-effecti[...]

December 29th, 2011 - 10:38 am § in Bids, Certification, Construction News, Design, Federal & State Contracts, Green Building, Public Contracting

Teams Bid For Chance to Resurrect Green Building Nightmare

  The RFP went out – and four brave souls stepped up. One of the most famous LEED Certified failures is on the mend and four contractors have submitted bids to bring it back to glory. While the project has never been formally stripped of its LEED certification, its an ugly scar for the po[...]

October 31st, 2011 - 10:53 am § in Bids, Construction News, Public Contracting

Solicitation of the Month: Seattle Streetcar Facility

  Last week, I had some family┬ávisit from back east. My aunt and uncle were out on the road, driving across the country, as my uncle met with several rail companies about leasing rail tampers. His business brought him to Seattle because of the city’s relatively new Seattle Streetcar. If [...]

August 8th, 2011 - 10:20 am § in Bids, Construction News, Federal & State Contracts, Public Contracting

Solicitation of the Month: Subcontractors Needed For University of Washington Light Rail Station

  This weekend, I drove out to Westport, Washington to do some surfing. Along the way, I passed Elma, WA, which is in process of bidding out an impressive new hospital. Impressive, but not so much as to overtake this month’s solicitation of the month: UW’s new light rail station is [...]

July 6th, 2011 - 9:47 am § in Bids, Construction News, Federal & State Contracts, Public Contracting

Solicitation of the Month: Ballard Bridge Retrofit, Seattle, WA

  The iconic Ballard Bridge provides epic views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. But it’s summer now, which means that 6:00 PM brings the most wretched of waits while a long queue of sailboats make their way out to sea. The bridge manufactures a love/hate relationship with its [...]

June 15th, 2011 - 9:31 am § in Bids, Construction News, Federal & State Contracts, Public Contracting

Solicitation of the Month: $25 Million Rainier Beach Community Center, Seattle, WA

  Back in December 2010, thousands mourned the closing of the Rainier Beach Community Center. The Center’s pool had become a favorite activity locale for many kids in the vast neighborhood. But, not to fret because the Center is coming back, bigger and better than before. Lets take a look[...]