Why Low Bid Can Cost You More

Posted on May 1, 2017, by
U of M Microbiology Research Facility

When owners decide to design and build new structures, they rely on their architects to select the best quality materials that will fit their budget, meet the user’s needs, and perform for the for years to come with a minimum amount of maintenance. BUT did you know that HOW these materials are installed can cost you unnecessary repairs and replacements that are not figured into the low bid? Here’s how it works…

Empirehouse careersThe majority of Minnesota state work requires low bid to drive the decisions for contractors. This in turn leads contractors to select the low bid subcontractors who will install the quality building materials selected by the architect. The fabrication and installation of the final assemblies are left to the knowledge and skill of the subcontractor (or sub-subcontractor).

What proper product training, job site supervisions, certifications, and over site will be included in the subcontractor’s bid to ensure that the job is done right? Will the contractor or architect be on-site to make regular inspections before being covered or included in other trade’s work? Who will be responsible if systems fail or become unsafe? Who will pay for these replacements and repairs?

In addition, the traditional low bid process stifles the best solution for the project’s design-build delivery method.

Proper project management, certifications, qualified teams, and innovative problem-solvers create quality installations that meet the owner’s needs for the completed project. These services are necessary for a successful job–but they come at a price. Some contractors and subcontractors cut these services to win the low bid. This may give the owner the low bid, but not necessarily with the quality results they expect. The materials may be top quality, but if the materials are fabricated and installed improperly, the costs can be catastrophic. This is how low bid can wind up costing you more.

How can this be avoided?
Empirehouse is a Certified NACC Architectural Glass and Metal Contractor which means that the North American Contractor Certification (NACC) program has evaluated our quality and safety programs to meet national standards for Interior and Entry Systems and Building Envelopes for Low and High Rise Buildings, and that Empirehouse business practices, safety protocol, quality management systems, contract administration processes, and glazing processes are evaluated and monitored to meet these national standards.

U of M Microbiology CurtainwallThis NACC Certification, along with three-generations of glass and glazing expertise, and our integrity that we will not low bid our way into a contract only to follow it up with a stream of change orders, are your guarantee that Empirehouse will do the work right, meet your needs, and stand behind everything that we provide for your building. It gives you the assurance that your quality products are installed safely and properly, preventing risk for you as the owner.

Will low bidders give you this reassurance on your job?
Be sure to protect yourself with a qualified, certified, and respected glass and glazing contractor that will be on your construction team and guarantee that your project will be one to make you proud!

Empirehouse is an NACC Certified Glazing ContractorEmpirehouse is a certified NACC Architectural Glass & Metal Contractor for demonstrating consistency, quality and safety excellence. Empirehouse has met the NACC program requirements which have been established by a Certification Board of AG&M contractors, industry experts, and end user stakeholders and formally accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the globally-recognized ISO/IEC17065:2012 standard.

For your next project, trust a Certified NACC Architectural Glass and Metal Contractor for quality results. Contact Empirehouse at 763-535-1150 or contact us.


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Alana Sunness Griffith, FCSI, CCPR has worked with Empirehouse for 30 years as an Estimator, Project Manager, Product Sales Representative, and Vice President of Marketing.