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Introduction to Public Works Contracting | PTAC Public Works Web Series

Introduction to Public Works Contracting | PTAC Public Works Web Series

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am


This webinar is a part of the Public Works Web Series. The series takes attendees from the basics to the nitty gritty of finding, estimating and managing public works projects.

#1:  Introduction to Public Works Contracting  [July 22 | 90 mins.]

This session provides an overview of how cities, counties and other public agencies go about bidding for construction services, and the types of contractual relationships that firms encounter when they bid and build public works projects.  

Topics include the following:

  • The Basic Fundamentals
  • Finding Projects to Bid
  • Contacting the Primes
  • Roles of Prime & Sub
  • The Scope Letter
  • Bonding requirements


Other Sessions in this Web Series

#2:Estimating & Bidding: The Basics  [July 23 | 90 mins.]

In this session, the instructor drills down in detail on how to prepare successful bids. He covers the basics of preparing an estimate in a format generally used as an industry standard. The use of Excel spreadsheets is key to this exercise. More >>

#3:Estimating & Bidding: Best Practices  [July 29 | 90 mins.]

In this part of the series, Mr. Duarte expands on key issues and problems often encountered during the bidding process. A sample bid will be examined and explained. Some best practices and bidding strategy will be explained how it is used by the “pro’s.” More >>

#4:Managing Your Public Works Project  [July 30 | 90 mins.]

In this final session, Mr. Duarte will answer the question, “OK, I got the bid, Now What?” After submitting a winning bid and being awarded a prime or subcontract, there is a standard sequence of events and tasks that will occur and need to be followed for successful start-up of the project. More >>



This webinar will be guided by Edward Duarte, Construction/ Public Works Specialist for Norcal PTAC. Edward Duarte is the founder and retired CEO of Aztec Consultants; a San Ramon-based professional construction management company and general contracting firm. Founded in 1986, Aztec specializes in public works, commercial and institutional construction projects. Under his leadership, the company provided construction management services on over $250 million of public works contracts and built over $200 million as the General Contractor of Record, subcontracting with numerous DBEs and other minority-owned businesses. Duarte is also the co-founder, Program Director, and a principal instructor for the Construction Management Certificate Program at Cal State East Bay.


Presented by Norcal PTAC and Caltrans District 2

In collaboration with Northern CA SBDC

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