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By law, ODOT awards highway construction projects to the contractor with the lowest bid. However, Oregon law allows for the use of alternative contracting methods with written approval from ODOT’s director.
Price Plus Time
Price Plus Multi-Parameter
Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity
Construction Manager / General Contractor
When a project is complex, considering price along with other factors to select a contractor can be done through alternative contracting methods. Factors may include the type of work, traffic impacts, and completion schedule.
Our scoping team assesses a project. We pull together an internal team to talk about concerns and potential opportunities if we used an alternative method. We conduct a formal risk assessment and select a delivery method.
Oregon law requires ODOT to award contracts to the lowest priced (low-bid) contractor for highway construction (ORS 279C.300). However, the law allows for an exception if ODOT can provide good reason to use an alternative form of contracting. ODOT's director approves the exemption order (ORS279C.335). All alternative methods require an exemption.
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