Use this bid form as the document on which bidders will submit their bids.
If alternates and unit prices are to be include, coordinate this section with SimpleSpecs™ Master Guide Specification Section 01 20 00 – Price and Payment Procedures. Detailed descriptions of alternates and unit prices should be included in Section 01 20 00, with only a brief description included here.
Bids can be requested on several basis:
– Stipulated Sum: The Owner pays a single lump sum to the Contractor or Construction Manager to perform the Work. In the case of privately funded projects this amount can be adjusted based on negotiation after bids are received and before a contract is signed and are incorporated. Revisions are incorporated by issuing a post-bid addendum. On publicly funded projects such post-bid negotiations are typically not allowed; the project must be revised and reissued for open bidding. After award of contract additions and deductions from this the stipulated sum can only be made by Change Order.
– Guaranteed Maximum Cost: The Owner pays the actual cost of the Work, plus a pre-determined fee for the Contractor or Construction Manager, to perform the work. Revisions to the Work can be made at any time since the Owner is paying the actual cost.
Stipulated sum contracts may include unit prices, which are used to adjust the Contract Sum after award of Contract when the actual quantities of some parts of the Work are not known at bidding. For example, final pier or pile foundation depths are usually not known until the foundations are placed. In this instance a base bid depth is established for bidding and contract purposes, and the Contract Sum is adjusted after all depths have been measured.
Alternate Bids provide a stipulated sum that will be added to or deducted from the Base Bid amount if specific portions of the Work are modified. For example, the Owner may wish to receive prices on two different low-slope roof types. In this case one of the roof types is included as the Base Bid item, and an Alternate Bid amount is requested to change to the other roof type. Alternate Bids are most often accepted or rejected prior to award of contract unless otherwise specifically stated. A brief description of each alternate should be included here, with more detailed descriptions included in Section 01 20 00 – Price and Payment Procedures.
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.