Phase IV - Pre-Construction

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This phase is referred to by KDOT as the Letting phase and has important legal significance. Legal advertisement with proper publication has to occur prior to a bid opening. KDOT requires contractor pre-qualificiations and Contractor collusion evaluation for Federal funded projects.

Bids are tabulated, evaluated and a City staff recommendation is prepared regarding the contract award for presentation to the City Council. If Federal funds are involved, the bids must receive KDOT concurrence prior to consideration by the City Council.

Phase IV Checklist

Task No. 1 - Complete Plans, Specifications and Estimate


The Consultant/Project Manager shall make all final plan revisions, complete the specifications and prepare the final Engineer’s construction cost estimate. The City project team and consultant will determine what materials the contractor will be required to submit during the construction phase and who will be responsible for reviewing and approving the submittals.

See BLP Memo 03-12 Engineer's Professional Seal and Signature on Plans.

Task No. 2 - Selection of Material Testing Firm


The Project Manager shall verify testing services for each project as required,prepare, and distribute RFPs to at least three qualified private material testing companies in accordance with City Resolution No.3982.

Exhibit No. IV-2a is a list of materials testing / geotechnical service companies.
Exhibit No. IV-2b is a sample RFP transmittal letter to material testing companies.
Exhibit No. IV-2c is the material testing proposal instructions (Exhibit A).
Exhibit No. IV-2d is a sample of the material testing proposal (Exhibit B). (word version)
Exhibit No. IV-2d is a sample of the material testing proposal (Exhibit B). (excel version)
Exhibit No. IV-2e is the material and testing specifications (Exhibit C).
Exhibit No. IV-2f is the Material Sampling and Testing Frequency Chart (Exhibit D).
Exhibit No. IV-2g is the Agreement for Construction Material Testing Services.
Exhibit No. IV-2h is the Supplemental Agreement for Construction Material Testing Services.

Task No. 3 - Set Bid Opening Date - Schedule Room


The Project Manager in conjunction with the Contract Specialist will determine the bid opening date. Consideration of publishing the legal advertisement(s) (see Task No. 4 below) will be taken into consideration. The Contract Specialist will schedule a room for receiving bids. The room location will be included in the legal publication.

The Project Manager shall determine if a pre-bid conference is required prior to preparing the notice to bidders. If one is required, it shall be scheduled approximately one week prior to the bid opening. The Notice to Bidders shall give this date as information to potential bidders and will serve as the invitation to this meeting. It shall be determined by the Project Manager whether attendance will be a requirement for submitting a bid.

See Planning Bid and Contract Award Schedules for the bidding/contract award process timeline.

Task No. 4 - Publish Legal Advertisement


Generally, the project shall be advertised approximately 3 weeks prior to the scheduled bid opening for construction projects and 12 days for equipment and material bids. The Project Manager is to provide the Contract Specialist the notice to bidders electronically by 3:00 pm Thursday so they can arrange for publication in the Tuesday edition of the The Legal Record. The Contract Specialist shall check the newspaper on the day of scheduled publication to make sure the notice was published.

For KDOT projects, advertisement shall also be in the Kansas Register, 30 days prior to the scheduled bid opening. Kansas Register publications are released on Thursdays. The notice to bidders shall be received by the Kansas Register one week prior to scheduled advertisement.

The Notice shall be e-mailed to Nancy Reddy (Office of the Secretary of State):

Task No. 5 - Notice to Contractors/DBE Firms


The Consultant/Administrative Assistant shall mail to specialty contractors and DBE firms the Notice to Bidders.

Exhibit No. IV-5a is a list of contractors for Street and Bridge projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5b is a list of contractors for Storm Sewer projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5c is a list of contractors for Sidewalk and Curb projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5d is a list of contractors for Streetlight projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5e is a list of contractors for Traffic Signal projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5f is a list of contractors for Traffic Signal and Streetlighting Equipment.
Exhibit No. IV-5g is a list of contractors for Fiber Optic projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5h is a list of contractors for Demolition projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5i is a list of contractors for Building projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5j is a list of contractors for Building Mechanical Systems projects.
Exhibit No. IV-5k is a list of Architects.
Exhibit No. IV-5l is a list of plan rooms associated with DBE contractors. They are to receive, without cost, a copy of the plans and specifications.

Task No. 6 - Distribute Plans, Contract Documents and Estimate


The plans/contract documents shall be distributed by the office that prepared the plans/contract documents to potential bidders. The Consultant/Project Manager shall establish a fair price for the plans/contract documents which amount shall not be refundable. This amount shall be included in the Notice to Bidders as well as the not refundable statement.

The Consultant or City who is distributing/selling the plans shall assign a person to record all plan holders.

Plans and Contract Documents shall be provided free to the plan rooms as listed on Exhibit No. IV-5l

The final Engineer’s construction cost estimate shall be forwarded to the Contract Specialist one day prior to the bid opening. This estimate shall be notarized and sealed in an envelope.

Exhibit No. IV-6 is a sample Engineer’s construction cost estimate.
GeekNotesIcon.png Note: Engineer's Estimate shall be signed and stamped by the PE

After the City Council has awarded the Contract, the original estimate is forwarded to the City Clerk’s office and a copy placed in the project file.

The Project Manager will send two (2) full size sets of plans to the Maintenance Division. One set will be the complete set of project plans. The other set will include only the traffic components, i.e. streetlight, signals, signs and pavement markings. Both sets are sent to the engineering technician at the Blue Valley Maintenance Division Office.

Task No. 7 - Conduct Pre-Bid Conference


If a pre-bid conference is scheduled by the Project Manager, an agenda shall be prepared and distributed at the beginning of the meeting.

Exhibit No. IV-7 is a sample Pre-Bid Conference Agenda.
Exhibit No. II-7e is a meeting sign in sheet.
The following issues are appropriate to discuss:
  • Project scope/requirements,
  • Any unusual contract requirements,
  • Any unusual work requirements,
  • Contract completion date,
  • Traffic control plan(s), and
  • Contractor/bidder questions.
GeekNotesIcon.png Note: In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts with other called utility meetings an Outlook calendar has been created called PW Utilities. PW Utilities shall be invited as an attendee to all utility meetings, pre-bid conferences and pre-construction conferences or any meeting requesting utility company attendance.

Task No. 8 - Determine Contractor Qualifications


The Consultant/Project Manager shall determine if the Contractor requesting plans is qualified to perform the work.

For a KDOT project, the Contractor selected to perform the work shall be on KDOT’s latest qualification list for the class of work. One week prior to the legal advertisement date, the Project Manager shall obtain from the Bureau of Construction and Maintenance, KDOT, the latest list of Pre-Qualified Contractors to perform the class of work involved with the project. The directory can also be found at

If the Contractor requesting plans is not on KDOT's contractor qualification list, plans will not be issued by the City.

Exhibit No. IV-8 is an example of KDOT's Class or Classes of Work.

Task No. 9 - Prepare Contract Addendum


The Consultant/Project Manager, as a result of the Pre-Bid Conference or other Contractor inquires/suggestions, may make final contract document changes, prior to the bid opening, by issuing an addendum. The addendum shall be prepared and communicated/faxed to all plan holders of record. For federal-aid projects all addenda must be submitted to the Bureau of Local Projects for prior approval before being distributed to plan holders. See BLP Memo dated 6-17-2010.

Addenda will be issued no later than four days prior to the date for receipt of bids, except an addendum withdrawing the request for bids or one which includes postponement of the date to receive bids.

Exhibit No. IV-9 is a sample transmittal letter and addendum.

The Davis Bacon Wage Determinations used for KDOT projects shall be those in effect no more than ten days prior to the letting. If modifications have been made since advertisement an addendum showing the current Wage Determinations shall be issued.


Task No. 10 - Complete Bid Opening


One or two days prior to the bid opening date, the Contract Specialist will prepare a bid tabulation form.

If addenda to the contract documents have been issued by the Consultant/Project Manager, this must be indicated on the bid tab.

The bids are opened by the City Clerk and recorded by the Contract Specialist and at least one member of the City Clerk’s office.

Exhibit No. IV-10 is a sample bid summary form.

Task No. 11 - Complete Detailed Bid Tabulation


Subsequent to the bid opening and prior to the scheduled City Council Award of contract, the Consultant/Project Engineer shall prepare a detailed bid tabulation from the submitted contractors bid proposals.

This detailed bid tabulation shall be in the same format as the contract document bid form. The accuracy of the contractor’s multiplication and addition shall be checked and confirmed, any errors will be corrected/marked on the original bid proposal.

Contractor's and/or Vendor's proposals that include variances or exceptions will be reviewed by either the Project Manager or the appropriate Maintenance Superintendent to determine if the proposal meets the contract documents and specifications.

The Engineer’s estimate shall also be included on the bid tabulation.

The Engineer's estimate and the detailed bid tabulation on all projects are to remain confidential prior to acceptance by the City Council, then all information is public.

Exhibit No. IV-11 is a sample detailed bid tabulation.

Task No. 12 - Determine and Approve the Lowest and Best Qualified Contractor
and Subcontractor Percent of Work


For non-KDOT projects, the Project Manager shall determine if the low bid Contractor has performed similar and satisfactory work for the City of Overland Park or other cities in the Kansas City Metro area. Critical Contractor information to be obtained is as follows:

  • materials/products used tested satisfactory,
  • contractor staking skills,
  • pavement smoothness/rideability,
  • punchlist items handled quickly/professionally,
  • public relations skills,
  • name of project superintendent capabilities/skills/years of experience/type of projects,
  • work completed within contract time period,
  • possible bid rigging,
  • current projects underway,
  • references for projects completed for public agencies in the Kansas City Metro area during the last two years, and
  • list of available equipment.

Immediately after the bid opening the Project Manager shall prepare a Sub-contractor Breakdown Form and forward to the apparent low bidder. The apparent low bidder shall complete the form showing all sub-contractors, if any, their address, associated bid item numbers, and bid item amount the sub-contractor is to perform.

Exhibit No. IV-12 is a Subcontractor Breakdown Form to be completed by the apparent low bidder. (KDOT Project)
Exhibit No. IV-12a is a Subcontractor Breakdown Form to be completed by the apparent low bidder. (Non-KDOT Project)
GeekNotesIcon.png Note: For KDOT Projects this task is tracked by KDOT see Exhibit No. II-14. The Project Engineer shall ensure this task is complete.

After the bids have been opened the Project Manager sends a letter/form to the DBE subcontractor(s) requesting commitment in writing.

Exhibit No. IV-12b is a sample letter/form to DBE subcontractor(s) to sign and return.

For additional requirements on KDOT projects refer to Section, Chapter 15.0 LPA-Administered Procedures of KDOT's LPA Project Development Manual.

Task No. 13 - Evaluate Possible Contractor Collusion


The Project Manager shall perform a manual review of all bids received for evidence of collusion. Due to the frequency of specific project work, the Engineering Staff has become well-informed as to the current market value of specific bid items of work within the Johnson County area.

The City Engineering Staff also maintains itemized records of all bids received and opened for each project. This permits a regular routine comparison by the City Engineering Staff for potential bid rigging by Contractors.

For Bid Analysis Guidelines refer to refer to Section, Chapter 15.0 LPA-Administered Procedures of KDOT's LPA Project Development Manual. .

The following is a link to a FHWA Guidelines on Preparing Engineer's Estimate, Bid Reviews and Evaluation

Task No. 14 - Determine Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Involvement


For KDOT projects the Project Manager shall send via fax all DBE goal sheets with a bid tab of all bidders to KDOT's External Civil Rights Administrator (ECRA), FAX (785)296-0723. The ECRA will review and provide a recommendation on how to proceed. If the DBE goal is not met or exceeded, the apparent low bidder has 48 hours to provide the ECRA its written documentation of a good faith effort to meet the DBE goals prior to submitting their bid. If the good faith effort documentation is accepted, the contract process can proceed. If it is not accepted, then the second low bidder will be reviewed for compliance.

Exhibit No. IV-14 is an example of a completed DBE Contract Goals form.

The project manager is also to verify that every DBE listed by each bidder is currently certified by KDOT. The DBE certification directory is updated monthly by KDOT. The Project Manager shall contact the External EEO Section, Office of Engineering Support, Docking State Office Building, Topeka, KS, (785) 296-7940 for the latest updated listing of DBE firms. The directory can also be found at and should be verified as current revision with External EEO Section.

GeekNotesIcon.png Note: DBE involvement is documented and reported throughout the contract. Exhibit No. IV-14a is correspondence from KDOT regarding DBE Reporting Requirements. These requirements appear in subsequent tasks throughout the manual.

Task No. 15 - Obtain Project Temporary Financing


Prior to Contract award by the City Council, the Project Manager shall provide the Finance Department a project cost breakdown as shown in Exhibit No. IV-18c. The Funding Source(s) and Summary may be obtained from the Capital Improvements Program and executed agency agreements. The Project Manager shall determine the amount, if any, of funds which were escrowed for the construction of this project. If funds have been escrowed, the Project Manager shall write a memo to the Finance Department identifying the specific escrow funds which should be transferred to the project account.

Exhibit No. IV-15a is a template for creating the escrow memo.

Task No. 16 - Receive Bid Approval from KDOT


The Project Manager shall forward to the BLP-KDOT the bid tabulation and staff recommendation for contract award.

Exhibit No. IV-16a is a sample transmittal letter to BLP-KDOT.

Task No. 17 - Receive Concurrence and Award from KDOT


The BLP-KDOT shall inform the City, in writing, upon concurrence with the City Staff recommendation regarding the contract award.

Exhibit No. IV-17a is a sample form "Authority to Award Contract/Commitment of Federal/State Funds".
GeekNotesIcon.png Note: This task is tracked by KDOT. See Exhibit No. II-14. The Project Engineer shall ensure this task is complete.

Task No. 18 - Submit Staff Recommendation for Contract Award


The Consultant/Project Manager shall make a written recommendation to the Department Director. If all bids exceed the Engineer’s estimate by more than seven percent, a written explanation must accompany the recommendation. The Department Director shall submit the bid tabulation and staff recommendation to City Council.

GeekNotesIcon.png Note: If the total estimated project cost exceeds the City Council Resolution creating the Improvement District (Project), by more than 10 percent, the ID must be recreated.
Exhibit No. IV-18a is City Charter Ordinance No. 71.
Exhibit No. IV-18b is a sample project cost memo.
Exhibit No. IV-18c is a sample staff project cost estimate breakdown.

Task No. 19 - Award Contract by City Council


The City Council will either accept the recommendation or reject all bids or proposals received. Upon acceptance, a notice of the contract award is sent to the successful bidder and a notice of rejection is sent to the unsuccessful bidders. Following receipt of the contract documents and approval of the insurance and bonds by the Contract Specialist, the contract is executed by the authorized official.

Exhibit No. IV-19a is a sample award letter sent to the successful bidder.
Exhibit No. IV-19b is a sample rejection letter sent to the unsuccessful bidders.

Task No. 20 - Submit Letting Summary Document to KDOT


Upon completion of the Letting Phase, the City will provide BLP-KDOT with a “Letting Summary Document” that certifies the letting process has been completed and the contract has been awarded in accordance with the requirements of this Projects and Procedures Manual, as well as Chapter 15.0 LPA-Administered Procedures of KDOT's LPA Project Development Manual, and Sections 102, 103 and 104 of the Kansas Standard Specifications. This document shall be submitted to the Project Development Engineer within one month after receiving the Authority to Award document.

In addition, a signed copy of the contract with all required certifications will be submitted to KDOT at this time. A breakout of the project construction costs (Bid Item List) by work type (i.e., roadway, surfacing, bridges,traffic signals, and common items) and with non-participating items marked as such, shall be submitted to BLP at this time. This needs to be as Excel spreadsheet using formulas in the total column (do not hard key the numbers).

Exhibit No. IV-20a is a sample transmittal letter to KDOT.
Exhibit No. IV-20b is a sample "Letting Summary Document".
Exhibit No. IV-20c is a sample "Breakout of Construction Costs by Participation and Work Type".
Exhibit No. IV-20d is correspondence from KDOT regarding Breakout of Construction Costs.
GeekNotesIcon.png Note: This task is tracked by KDOT see Exhibit No. II-14. The Project Engineer shall ensure this task is complete.

All Phase IV Exhibits