Category: Construction Cost Control

Value Engineering


It is an increasingly common response to high bids to value engineer the project to reduce its cost.  Value engineering is the process whereby various building materials, equipment, systems, and even construction details recommended by the design architect or engineer are compared by the bidder against less expensive alternatives in ... Read More
April 10, 2014McKenzie Douglass
construction rebids


If you didn’t get the price you were planning from your bid solicitation, you might be thinking; Why weren’t the bid prices what the designer projected? Was the design prepared to meet the budget, or was the cost just left to chance? Whose fault was this? Does anybody know what ... Read More
February 25, 2014McKenzie Douglass
A More Effective RFP


While hard bidding complete construction drawings is often how pricing for building construction is secured, a Request for Proposals (commonly referred to as an RFP) is typically how prices for feasibility studies, design work, and other construction planning and monitoring services are solicited.  The cost of proposals based ... Read More
February 20, 2014McKenzie Douglass
Best Time to Solicit Bids


The Best Time To Solicit Bids There is always a debate about whether there is a better time to seek bids for construction and capital repair projects.  Our schedules don’t often give us the flexibility to bid our projects at ideal times of the year.  But if you’re in ... Read More
February 18, 2014McKenzie Douglass
Office job


“You’ll have to sharpen your pencil.” How often have you heard that during a construction contract negotiation?  It’s standard procedure for many price negotiations, at least for those who have no real idea where to start, or a clear focus on what they want to achieve. The contractor’s ... Read More
February 13, 2014McKenzie Douglass


Why Are Capital Repairs So Expensive? While most of the low bids we review for new construction projects are overpriced, the cost of even the best bids for capital repairs and improvements are substantially inflated, and with greater frequency.  It’s not often that we find a capital improvement contract that isn't ... Read More
February 11, 2014McKenzie Douglass
McKenzie-Douglass Advertising Construction Costs


A recent newspaper story reported that a municipality was questioning whether it was necessary to continue to advertise their bid solicitations for construction projects in the newspaper, as was required by the municipal charter. Those ads are intended to alert prospective bidders that bids are being solicited, and to make the ... Read More
February 4, 2014McKenzie Douglass
McKenzie-Douglass Website


Welcome to McKenzie-Douglass’s new website! We invite you to visit our site often and learn more about our company. We provide a selection of services that are specifically designed to save our clients money through better cost control of their construction projects. Our clients are owners and developers, as well as ... Read More
November 24, 2013McKenzie Douglass