By Jeff Eriks, Cambridge Companies

April 6, 2017


Here is some helpful advice maximizing information flow from RFP through design for your next MRF or Transfer Station project.

A question that often arises at the beginning of a material recovery facility (MRF) or transfer station project is “What are the key factors to kicking off a project to maximize the productivity of your team and the entire project?”

Thus, many factors contribute to a successful project from the RFP process through construction team involvement and good communication.


For example, the RFP can get distributed in several ways:

  1. To design-builders
  2. To equipment suppliers
  3. A hybrid: An RFP for the building modifications issued separately from the equipment RFP.

An example, is where the RFP went directly to the equipment supplier, who was responsible for finding a general contractor and design team to develop the pricing. In such a case, the equipment supplier would generate the formal response to the RFP and answer any questions from the owner.

In addition, There isn’t a right or wrong way to issue an RFP. However, it depends on individual needs.

When the RFP is issued and the selection process gets completed, the contract is signed and the work begins.

In this example, the equipment supplier holds the master contract with the owner and a subcontract with the design-builder. With this scenario, all communication with the owner needs to flow through the equipment supplier, as the entity that holds the master contract. This is key to the process, as the equipment supplier is responsible for staying within the project scope and budget and ensures the design remains consistent with the RFP response. If this happens, the risks on the construction site get reduced.

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