When a Request for Proposal (RFP) comes in, Tocci’s Planning + Cost Engineering team kicks into high gear.
Tammi Gott: RFPs are a collaborative effort by many departments, but the Planning + Cost Engineering (P+CE) team plays a critical role in delivering a winning proposal. P+CE evaluates the scope of the project then prepares estimates and construction schedules.
Bidders are typically invited to a walk-through of the construction site with the owner and often subcontractors. During a site visit, our cost engineers hear the owner’s vision for the project and learns project-specific requirements.
A subcontractor walk-through is usually a bit more laid back. Our Tocci team can take photos and subs may point out information/conditions to factor into a bid. The information from these walk-throughs is continually referenced throughout the life of the project. In short, it’s a huge advantage to see the actual site and be able to visualize the final structure when compiling the budget. Here’s a short list developed by P+CE on the benefits of site walk-throughs.
1. Encourages collaboration and conversations with clients and architects that might not occur during a meeting in a conference room
2. Validates the accuracy of the drawings and observe existing conditions
3. Identifies the elements that are most important to the owners and/or subs
4. Offers the opportunity to ask questions and removes the guesswork from the bidding process
1. Learn who is the competition bidding on the project
2. Road trip, fresh air and time away from the desk
3. When we’re lucky, Joe Ferolito buys lunch!