Eric Wood is our featured associate this month. [...]
In 2000, I was the leader of Sain Associates’ first design-build government project. This was Phase 1 of the Von Braun Complex at Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Since that first project, our government work has increased significantly.
We’ve gone on to be involved in all four phases on Von Braun in the last 13 years. We are currently working on wrapping up the fourth phase. One of our biggest government projects has been the Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
We’ve done a variety of other projects through the Corps of Engineers and the Government Services Administration (GSA). We’ve done design-build for the Society Security Administration, FBI and DEA/ATF Buildings in downtown Birmingham. I have a VA hospital under construction right now in Montgomery. We have also done Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) jobs, which is similar to being on call for smaller jobs.
So we have worked with a variety of government agencies, but one important aspect in all of the projects is that they are design-build. We really enjoy the design-build concept of a team of contractors, architects and others to collaborate and develop the most competitive design to the meet the requirements the government has requested.
After years of pursuing government projects and working on Design-Build teams, here are some of my tips: