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Subs want bill to kill bid shopping spree

By Paul Snyder Subcontractors searching for state project deliveries perfectly free of bid shopping might have to settle for a good-enough compromise. “Is trying to stop any bid shopping after the general contractor’s bid better than what there is now? ...

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State puts design before nursing school approval

By Paul Snyder There’s a catch to the state’s request for architectural/engineering firms interested in designing a university building: The project has not been approved. The Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Division of State Facilities is accepting consultant questionnaires through Feb. ...

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Subcontractors seek project delivery guarantees

By Paul Snyder Subcontractors want guarantees the lowest responsible bid still will win the jobs before the Wisconsin Legislature passes a bill changing delivery methods for state projects. The bill right now does not include those guarantees, leading some subs ...

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State might tie local support to RFPs

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com Companies that propose projects for the state might soon be responsible for drumming up local support to shield Wisconsin Building Commission members from neighborhood backlash. “I think we should look at putting into (requests for proposals) that ...

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State fights odds for online bidding

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com A state agency remains committed to launching an electronic bidding system in eight months despite uncertain legislative support, an untried system and industry representatives who say there are more important issues. “There are systems in place for ...

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Contractors sound off on bid doc changes

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com A few tweaks to bidding documents for state projects could reduce confusion, but contractors are cautioning the state not to go too far with its changes. “Whether you like the process or not, or whether you’ve made ...

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Bid errors open door for interpretation

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com Contractors are making more mistakes more often on bid documents, prompting state officials to broach the prickly prospect of giving themselves more discretion in awarding projects. “I’d say with almost every project, we see one contractor disqualified ...

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New arena could be in cards

Paul Snyder and Dustin Block paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com dustin.block@dailyreporter.com Plans to spend $23 million over the next 10 years maintaining Milwaukee’s Bradley Center doesn’t rule out eventually building a new arena, according to Bradley Center President Steve Costello. “We’re focused on the ...

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UW System offers project delivery options

Paul Snyder paul.snyder@dailyreporter.com The UW System Board of Regents on Thursday formally pitched a set of changes to the state’s review and approvals process for new construction. “These recommendations are fairly modest,” said regent Jeffrey Bartell, “but they could make ...

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