ACA, along with CEA, CAA, AUMA, and Alberta Infrastructure represented on the Institutional Infrastructure Partners Committee have agreed to work towards providing resources and toolkits to help educate owners about procurement of design and construction services. With the wave of retirements, many procurement staff are new, and their education in the unique aspects of procuring design and construction services may be limited. Trade agreements and alternate forms of project delivery can complicate the procurement process.
An important part for ACA of this outreach effort will be to support efforts of the Local Construction Associations, as they are the frontline service experts in working with the design community and procurers of construction services. While the task is potentially massive, the subcommittee is, as a first step, developing an outline of topics with an introductory presentation providing an overview for design and construction procurement. The intent will be to offer a highly engaging introduction, with an invitation to owners to identify their priority issues for the consortium to respond to. It is hoped that these educational offerings and toolkits will foster ongoing dialogue not just with owners but among contractors, suppliers, and the design consultants as well.