Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lying your way to a project win?

The Boston Globe recently reported on a controversial decision by the state's highest court to allow a high school building project to remain under the auspices of a construction firm that misrepresented its credentials to get the job in the first place. Critics in the construction industry say the ruling undermines the spirit of the open, honest, public bidding process created by the Ward Commission after bid-rigging scandals in the 1970s, according to the article by John Ellement and Christine Legere.

What do you think of this ruling? How do you feel about lying to get work?

1 comment:

  1. I am doing my best impression of making a shocked looking face.... You mean a firm misrepresented it's experience to get a job? Wow...the contractors have finally learned what the design firms have know for years. Clients rarely check references, and never verify experience records. I hate to come off as negative, but is anyone really surprised this happens in the AE industry? It is almost commonplace, and doesn't even trigger a sense of outrage among most firms since they do it as well. RFP's are generally terribly written, rarely fair, and in the end, a mostly lousy way to select a consultant. They generally favor those firms with great marketing, not great execution. Those with great execution have plenty of backlog already....because they have great execution.


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