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Know All the Avenues to Procure Construction of Your New Station

Bobbitt article published in the Carolina Fire-Rescue-EMS Journal

In today’s market, purchasing construction can be a very challenging and time-consuming undertaking. It often involves multiple people — from procurement directors to station chiefs to board of commissioners and city council members. With so many people involved in purchasing construction for your station, it can become an overwhelming process. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Understanding the different avenues available to you under law to purchase the construction of your new station is key. The following article outlines various scenarios and options.

The traditional method of construction procurement, Design-Bid-Build, involves hiring an architect and completing full design of the station before any budgets are provided, then soliciting bids from contractors. Once the bid solicitations are complete, typically the procuring entity along with the architect will evaluate the bids they received and select the cheapest bidder. Under this scenario, it can take several iterations of the plans and resoliciting for bids, as initial budgets may not be met. This process may or may not be the best fit for your station construction procurement needs.

Read more: Carolina Fire Journal