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Happy New Year! Construction can be a daunting task for any property owner looking or needing to have work done. Whether it is simple repairs, deferred maintenance, renovations, or property upgrades, there are countless challenges. Each construction project is unique and there is no “one size fits all” approach for getting projects complete. Job Order Contracting, also referred to as JOC, was created several decades ago as a means to help get projects started quickly, keep them on schedule, and stick to budgets.

Job Order Contracting is primarily used by public entities such as Colleges and Universities, K-12 institutions, and federal, state, and local agencies. JOC is a unique Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract that allows multiple projects to be completed through a single, competitively-awarded contract. In other words, General Contractors, or JOC Contractors, have already been vetted through Purchasing Cooperatives competitive bid process and submitted pricing using a coefficient based on a Unit Price Book. JOC contracts establish Unit Prices up front. Each Unit Price is calculated using localized labor, material, and equipment costs, meaning no more hidden charges and surprise costs. If the Contractors price is competitive with other proposals submitted, the purchasing cooperative will award the Contractor(s) with a Job Order Contracting Contract. Once the contract is awarded, the contractor can perform a variety of projects, always using the preset prices.

With the one-bid process, project owners and facility managers can eliminate the hassle of bidding projects separately, save procurement time, overcome the challenge of pricing negotiations, access readily available contractors, and begin work faster. The Job Order Contracting process enable owners and awarded contractors to become long-term partners, resulting in higher quality work and a better experience.

Job order Contracting is most effective when used for projects such as:
  • Interior & exterior painting
  • Flooring: LVT, VCT, tile, wood, or carpet
  • Remodeling: repurpose existing buildings
  • Facility upgrades: HVAC, roofing & windows
  • General repairs: drywall, plumbing & lighting
  • Security upgrades: doors, fencing & vestibules
  • Renovations: repair damaged facilities

Job Order Contracting is a great construction method for public entities to utilize to get construction projects done quickly and within budget. If you have any questions on the Job Order Contracting process or have a construction project in mind, please contact Derek Gerloff at Until next time my friends, be prepared and stay safe.

The Gerloff Company would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Reference: “Construction Procurement: Job Order Contracting basics” by Gordian