00 11 00 Advertisement for Bids
Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to advertise a project for bids and instruct prospective bidders in how to obtain bidding documents and prepare and submit a bid. This section expands on AIA Document A701 – Instructions to Bidders, which is incorporated by reference. Other Instructions to Bidders may also be utilized, with appropriate modifications.
The Advertisement for Bids, also referred to as the Invitation to Bid, is used to attract prospective bidders and to inform them of the nature of the project and how to obtain Bidding Documents. The term “Advertisement” is often used on publicly funded projects where bidding is open to any qualified bidder, while “Invitation” is used primarily on privately funded projects where a closed list of invited bidders is employed.
On publicly funded projects a legal advertisement is typically required to be published in several local or regional newspapers or online publications prior to receipt of bids. This document can be used as a basis for preparing that advertisement.
A pre-bid conference is helpful in assisting prospective bidders in understanding the project and allowing them to ask any questions they may have. It can also be used to provide a walk-through on renovation and restoration projects. Proceedings of a pre-bid conference are typically recorded and distributed to attendees by addendum.
AIA Documents may be obtained from the American Institute of Architects at www.aia.org.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.