Day three at the Story Bridge Build was dominated by the submission and presentation of our two teams’ tender proposals.
With the winning bid used for next week’s construction phase, there was a sense of tension, competitive pressure and excitement at The Construction Training Centre as the midday submission deadline approached. With both teams hard at work, putting their finishing touches to the submission, we caught up with both teams to find out what they had enjoyed and found challenging about the tender process.
Jodie Lucas from Kane Constructions led the bid team for PPG ‘It has been a fantastic couple of days as our team has formed and started to work together. For most of us, putting together a tender was a completely new experience, and we are starting with far more questions than answers. From not knowing how to construct a bid to not knowing what tools and systems we would need, it was a steep learning curve. On the plus side, we quickly gained a lot of knowledge and experience as we were exposed to other roles and dynamics than in our day jobs. It gave the whole team a new perspective on how we fit into the wider construction and engineering industry and how projects go from need to solution. It was also great to have so many industry professionals on hand to help advise and guide us and to come in and present their knowledge in the lunchtime sessions.”
BMD’s Brodie Sorenson led the bid team for A-Team Constructions “Overall; it was a good experience working with people from different professional backgrounds. Time was short, and we had a lot of work to do to get something together where everyone was on the same page – with everyone being from different parts of construction, design or client side it was a good challenge. At the end of the submission, we all came together and helped out each other and produced something diverse and professional. I think having everyone from different backgrounds helped us produce something great.”
At lunchtime, we welcomed James Kriukelis and Darcy Browning from partners BDM Constructions who shared their insights on what life is like for a young engineer taking their first steps in the industry. From coming to terms with putting what you have learned at Uni into practice on site, to learning very quickly that every day is about solving problems, the team appreciated their insights and war stories from the real world.
After lunch, the team faced the toughest tender panel we could assemble. Comprising industry experts Eva Cho, Amandine Daniel, Jason Edge, and Chris Stanley, who were armed with their best ‘client side’ poker faces, each team took their allotted 30 minutes to put forward the case as to why their bid should be the winner. Would it be A-Team Contracting or PPG?
Both teams presented well-considered pitches that were professional, articulate and covered every element of the client’s brief. But, make no mistake, this was no easy ride and the panel was forthright and direct in its questioning and feedback, accurately reflecting the pressure and scrutiny that comes with a real client presentation.
While the panel deliberated, we welcomed back Bryan McSweeney from partners the Department of Transport and Main Roads who provided an in-depth overview of Queensland Governments BIM Strategy and how it related to current and future projects. To have someone with Bryan’s expertise, talk with genuine honesty, openness and candour was welcomed by every participant who gained a real understanding of the challenges and opportunities that implementing BIM will mean for the construction and engineering sector in Queensland.
And then it was time for the big announcement. After providing honest and constructive feedback, in which both teams were praised for their approach and quality of their submission it was time to announce the winner, with the Constructionarium Australia Story Bridge Build contract being awarded to…PPG.
Constructionarium Australia’s Harry Hartman was full of praise for both teams “In any competitive tender there has to be a winner, but in this case, there wasn’t a loser. Both teams performed incredibly well and demonstrated a high level of creativity, knowledge, expertise and professionalism and made the decision to award the contract extremely tough. As someone who has been involved in tenders across my career, I cannot fault the efforts and endeavours of the teams as they responded to the brief.”
After a weekend off, the cohort is back to the site on Monday to join forces under the PPG banner and commence building their Story Bridge.