Competitive sealed proposal process: A new approach in facilities construction for the Dallas Independent School District

Larry D. Groppel (Dallas Independent School District, 3700 Ross Avenue, Campus Box 2, Dallas, TX 75204, USA)
John Tucker (Dallas Independent School District, 3700 Ross Avenue, Campus Box 2, Dallas, TX 75204, USA)
Wesley Owens (Dallas Independent School District, 3700 Ross Avenue, Campus Box 2, Dallas, TX 75204, USA)
Regina Youngblood (Dallas Independent School District, 3700 Ross Avenue, Campus Box 2, Dallas, TX 75204, USA)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) is the 12th largest school district in the US with an operating budget of approximately $1.04bn and a diverse enrolment of more than 158,000 students. The district encompasses roughly 351 square miles, primarily within the boundaries of the City of Dallas, Texas. In November 2001, the Board of Trustees requested a bond election be held to address overcrowding with additions and new construction, and to improve existing buildings. Voters showed strong confidence and trust in the district when, in January 2002, they approved a $1.37bn bond programme to build 21 new facilities and add to or renovate all existing schools. The DISD Board of Trustees has selected competitive sealed proposal as the primary contracting method for construction under the 2002 Bond Programme. This method allows selection of qualified and competent general contractors who can meet the rigorous schedule and complex demands of multiple urban construction and renovation–construction projects. The intent of this paper is to give the reader a brief overview of the competitive sealed proposal process as it relates to school construction in the state of Texas, and how DISD has implemented this procurement method for its recent bond programme.

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Groppel, L., Tucker, J., Owens, W. and Youngblood, R. (2005), "Competitive sealed proposal process: A new approach in facilities construction for the Dallas Independent School District", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 362-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/14725960510630533

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