A General Contractor’s View on the Low Bidder
Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
The following letter to the Editor was in response to my article in the September/October Issue of Design Cost Data, entitled, “Construction Industry Folklore.”
To the Editor,
I read Mr. Arthur F. O’Leary’s article regarding “low bidder folklore” in the construction industry and have heard the same over my 35 years as a contractor. I have often wondered why owners never apply those same approaches “here” in the good old US of A. His points on the surface seem valid, but as a general contractor, I challenge some of his statements.
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As more and more published articles appear that proudly state Projects have achieved LEED® certification, whether they be in newspapers or magazines, more and more Clients are asking their Design Team or Contractor, “Can we afford LEED certification for our Project?” What is the correct advice to give Clients?
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