Promoting a DrugFree Workplace will help identify and remove employees who are not contributing their full potential. In addition to posing a liability to safety, people who use drugs or alcohol in the workplace are more frequently tardy or late to work and also miss more days of work than employees who do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
Partners In Safety keeps our company in compliance with strict government regulations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that certain evaluations be done on a regular basis for employees in a variety of industries. Specific regulations apply to those exposed to noise, lead, asbestos and other chemicals.
Subcontractor knowledge, skill and reliability are vital resources, and we are deeply committed to maintaining strong working relationships that lead to our success and the success of our customers.
You probably have a lot of questions! Hopefully, we’ve answered the most commonly asked questions on this page, but if you need further information, send us a quick email by clicking the “Contact ” button.
Q. How do I get on the bid invitation list? A. Complete and return the Subcontractor PreQual Package (available on our website) to receive bid invitations from us. To continue to receive bid invitations, you must update the package every 12 months.
Q. Do I have to be Prequalified to bid on GCE Projects? A. Most of our bid packages are available for all firms to bid without advance prequalification. Evaluation of the received bids will consider whether the successful bidder has the appropriate financial, material, equipment, facility and personnel resources to meet the contractual requirements and a satisfactory record of previous contract performance, quality, safety and integrity. Where advance prequalification is required for a specific bid package, we will advertise and/or contact potential bidders for prequalification information prior to issuing bid documents.
Q. What are GCE’s Insurance Requirements? A. The required coverages, limits, and Additional Insureds are identified in Subcontract Attachment “B”. The sample Subcontract is included in the Request for Proposals.
Q. Will I have to provide a Payment and Performance Bond? A. We often utilize Subcontractor Performance Insurance in lieu of traditional Subcontractor bonding. Bonding may be required due to the size of the proposed subcontract or state law.
Q. What are GCE’s Safety Requirements? A. Subcontractors are required to comply with our Safety Program, including its procedures, practices and policies. Refer to the Minimum Project Safety Requirements (available on our website) or project-specific Request for Proposals for additional information.
Q. Does GCE have a Drug & Alcohol Testing Requirement? A. Yes. Every person entering a GCE worksite is subject to Drug & Alcohol testing. Drug & Alcohol cards from GCE-recognized programs will be accepted if they have been issued within the past six months. We pay for the cost of the laboratory analysis.
Q. Where can I find bid documents? A. Most bid documents are available online. Refer to our “Plan Room”.
Q. Do I have to be a member of a plan center to view the bid documents online? A. No. Anyone can view the plans online. Many of our projects also allow the bid documents to be downloaded without charge.
Q. Can I order bid documents direct? A. Yes. Bid documents may usually be obtained directly from the printer listed with the project. The Invitation to Bid, the GCE website and the RFP all identify where to obtain bid documents.
Q. Where is the best place to learn about GCE Opportunities to Bid? A. Our website, www.WeBuildQuality.com, is the best place to find information on specific sub-bid opportunities with us. The “Plan Room" page includes complete information on currently bidding projects, including: description of work, applicable CSI division codes, bid date and time, estimated value, pre-bid meeting information, number of addendums, where to get plans, link to the bid documents (to view and download), and telephone, fax, or email contact information for questions.
Q. When can I expect to get bid results? A. Most projects will not have immediate bid results. We need time to properly evaluate each proposal to do a fair and complete analysis. Typically, two weeks following a bid we will have a good idea of who is the apparent low bidder for each trade and can give out results. Some of our larger projects may take longer.
Q. What is the expected turnaround time for the Contract Documents and other required paperwork? A. All required documents, e.g., Subcontract or Purchase Agreement, Performance and Payment Bonds (if required), Certificate of Insurance, CCIP Enrollment (if applicable) and Safety Plan must be returned within fifteen (15) days of award.