When a building owner decides to design and build a new structure, they rely on their architect to select the best quality materials that will fit their budget, meet the user’s needs, and perform for the years to come with a minimum amount of maintenance. BUT did you know that HOW these materials are installed can end up costing you unnecessary repairs and replacements that were not figured into the low bid?

Here’s how it works…

The 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).

The things you need to think about that can end up costing you more money

  • 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 design-build delivery method. The design-build method often provides a project’s best solution which could end up saving money as compared with the traditional low bid process.

Proper project management, safety and quality certifications, qualified teams, and innovative problem-solvers create quality installations that meet the owner’s needs for a completed project. Sometimes these necessary services are cut out of a bid by Contractors and Subcontractors in order to achieve the low bid. This may give the Owner the low bid, with the specified products, but not necessarily with the quality results they expect. When top quality materials are fabricated and installed improperly, that’s when systems can fail. 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.

This National Safety and Quality Certification, along with three-generations of glass and metal 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, respected, and certified architectural glass and metal contractor who 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 architectural glass and metal 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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