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Bidding Error on the Up and Up? Supplemental Experience for eight (8) Elective IDP Hours
The following case was adapted from Barry Wasserman, et al., Ethics and the Practice of Architecture (John Wiley & Sons, 2000).
In this scenario, you are hired by a small city to provide design and construction administration services for a new elementary school building. Knowing that the $1.2 million budget for the project is tight, you work with the client to provide maximum flexibility to adjust the scope of the project by including two additive alternates and five deductive alternates. Five contractors bid on the project, and the bids are announced in public at your office. Representatives from all five bidders are present. The lowest bidder is Sound Construction. It is awarded the contract on the basis of its base bid; even with the additive alternates, Sound Construction is the lowest bidder.
The next day, Sound Construction calls to inform you that its electrical subcontractor has made a serious error, omitting the cost of light fixtures. The total error is $20,000, enough for Sound Construction to seek to add the amount to its original bid. Without the addition, Sound will have to withdraw its bid entirely. Even with the additional $20,000, Sound Construction’s bid is still be the lowest. Your firm has worked with Sound Construction before, and you believe the company is honest. You have never worked with the second lowest bidder.
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