Bridging Method Phase 3

PHASE 3 : THE RECEIPT OF BIDS FOR OR NEGOTIATION OF THE DESIGN-BUILD FORM OF CONTRACT

Phase 3. With the BCDs as the “bidding” documents (see Article 4), the Owner can obtain competitive bids or negotiate with a single selected Contractor for a design-build form of construction contract. This contract price is fully enforceable, with no opportunity for future adjustment in price or schedule unless there is a subsequent change in scope or design that is requested by the Owner. If there are any such scope changes requested by the Owner then, with Bridging, the Owner remains in a stronger position to negotiate fair and favorable pricing for such scope changes.

This Bridging contract is not and should not be thought of as a typical design-build agreement. One reason is that the architectural design is in large part completed by this point in the process. Instead, it is a contract under which the Contractor takes the single responsibility for the construction as well as for the final Construction Documents (CDs) being complete, accurate and coordinated in all respects as well as being in compliance with all codes and laws as well as with the BCDs. At this point, and after any necessary negotiations or clarifications, the Owner may authorize the Contractor to proceed with the preparation of the Construction Documents (to be carried out by the Contractor’s AE sub or employees).