Full Question: We have heard the Facilities Department suggest there are better times of year to bid these construction projects. Now that we are coming out of the pandemic, why not just re-bid the project again in January with the original budget when firms are more likely to bid the work within our budget? Is this additional funding to select a bidder or to hedge against higher bids as part of a new bidding process?
Answer: Staff suggest the best time to rebid this work is right at the start of the new year. Because this project was already out on the street, we believe there will be an expectation that the previous bid results will become the floor for the next round of bidding. Because the bid information is public we are planning on this new level plus an increase due to COVID-19. We are seeing an increase in construction costs and materials and are planning for that accordingly in the funding request.