When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction

July 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Village of Oak Brook - Butler Government Center
1200 Oak Brook Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523-2255
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Despite the best efforts of public agencies, things often go awry during the bidding process, leading to disputes, delays, and litigation. Sometimes, these bumps along the road of bidding and award may be caused by honest mistakes or at times malicious methods of a bidder. At other times, the issues arise because the public agency isn’t well informed and hasn’t developed clear and protest-resistant bidding documents. With knowledge, careful strategies, well-crafted language in bidding documents, and an understanding of how contractors approach the bidding process, public agencies can reduce their risks and help ensure a successful rather than contentious and costly construction project. This practical and interactive course reviews common bidding issues, outlines best practices, and provides tools and strategies for public agencies to manage appropriately when bad things happen to bids. If you enjoy this course, we recommend these two complementary courses: Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents and Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects.

Instructor Bio:  Micheal Purdy

With more than 34 years of experience, Mike Purdy is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on public procurement and contracting issues. Mike worked for the City of Seattle for more than two decades where he administered the city's construction and consultant contracts as the city's Contracting Manager. He then spent five years at the Seattle Housing Authority where he served as Contracting and Procurement Manager, overseeing all of the contracting and purchasing (construction, design consultants, other consultants, service providers, goods and supplies) for the largest residential landlord in Washington state. In 2005, he was appointed as the Contracts Manager for the University of Washington's Capital Projects Office where he was responsible for managing design and construction contracts for more than $1 billion worth of projects at the University.

Since his retirement in 2010, Mike has worked as a self-employed consultant through his firm, Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC, providing strategic assistance to government agencies in managing the complexities of public contracting. Mike is a sought-after speaker and has provided well-received and relevant training across the country. He also maintains a popular Public Contracting Blog at http://PublicContracting.blogspot.com, designed to keep public agencies, contractors, and consultants up-to-date on key developments in public procurement and contracting.

Mike has a bachelor's degree in business and public administration and an MBA, both from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA).

On the Faculty of:
Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents
Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects
When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction Project