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A Monthly Public Works Column By Ed Duarte, Construction & Public Works Specialist

For public works construction projects, the specifications are very explicit as to what the engineer wants the contractor to furnish and install. So, when you receive a materials or equipment price quote from a vendor to include in your bid, always remember to do the following:

  • Confirm they can meet a delivery schedule that complies with the contract completion date.
  • Confirm they are quoting on the make and model that meets specifications!
  • Be sure the sales tax and freight costs are included.
  • Use a Purchase Agreement with language that obligates the vendor to comply with all aspects of the contract specifications. Never use a standard or simplistic Purchase Order.


Norcal PTAC clients with any specific questions on public works, can request a counseling session with Ed. Reach out to your Procurement Specialist to set it up!