1. Traditional Construction Bid Proposals
A construction bid proposal forms the foundation of hiring a construction company to be the primary contractor in any project. Importantly, the construction bid proposal also functions as the primary means of establishing or estimating the overall costs of the project. It is, therefore, safe to say that the without this document, the contractor-client relationship will not thrive due to disagreements.
The traditional method of contractor selection involved the property developer contracting an architectural firm to design property. Once the property owner approves the design, the architectural firm puts the project out for construction contract bids. Typically, the architects are interested in knowing all there is to know about the contractor. However, it is safe to say that pricing is a leading consideration for many architects. In many cases, it is the primary reason for selecting a contractor and in some cases, it is the only reason. In such cases, the contractor with lowest bid, for example, a commercial cleaning company that had the lowest bid, would get the project.
2. Design-Build Construction Bid Proposals
In this method, the bid cover the design and construction proposal. As such, this bid will cover more than just the construction phase, as is the case with the traditional construction bids. Every bid should cover both the design and construction phases of the project. Due to this unique bidding method, the bids involve teams of architects and contractors developing a bid proposal that will cover the design cost and the construction cost. Many proponents of this kind of bids believe that such a bidding process is less costly and more efficient.
3. Construction Manager At-Risk Bid Proposals
Popularly known as the CM-at-risk method, this bid proposal method is another popular bidding method. In this method, the contractor is involved in the project right from its onset, usually acting as the liaison for the client in dealing with the architect. However, the architect and the contractor work differently.
With the CM-at-risk, the bids are not blind. The guaranteed maximum price bids are usually the standard bid proposals. These bids will contain the maximum cost of pre-construction services and the construction process. Typically, the client will choose whichever contractor he or she believes is well suited for the project.
4. Online Construction Bid Systems
The development and proliferation of the internet have changed how the construction industry does its business. In the pre-internet era, construction companies had to prepare and submit to potential clients numerous documents for consideration. However, with the online construction bidding process, contractors can submit their bids online, completing the entire process online.
This system involves websites that allow the contractor to view, and even download for later printing construction drawings. The contractor must register and fulfill all the requirements to gain access to all the necessary information. The necessary information is shared among all participating contractors and all the notifications about changes in and due dates are sent via email. Using this information, they complete their bids.