Common sense approach to procurement yields superior outcomes, lower costs & reduced re-work: Motkaluk
Jenny Motkaluk announced a major process change she would bring to City Hall. She proposes to reform the way the City contracts engineering design, architectural planning and construction work by adopting a more flexible and common-sense approach to procurement.
Winnipeggers pay some of the highest property taxes in Canada yet endure some of the worst roads in the country. The only logical explanation for that is that there are serious flaws in the system. The adversarial lowest bid RFP process we use today to procure engineering design work is inefficient, inadequate and leads to a rushed design process that results in increased costs in the long run.
We simply need to do a better job of buying stuff if we want to get better value for our money.
One example of a more efficient procurement process for engineering consulting services is commonly known as Qualifications Based Selection (QBS). This model is a competitive process used in other jurisdictions with many proven benefits. It reduces cost overruns, shortens project timelines, saves staff time at City Hall, and ultimately builds better finished projects.
By choosing the most-qualified design contractors and working with them to develop the details, we will save time and money, achieve better outcomes and prevent costly future re-work.
By introducing flexibility and common sense to the bidding process, the City can eliminate an inefficient process that promotes confrontations with bidders, delays project start dates and denies procurement professionals the opportunity to make procurement decisions based on who will deliver the best value for money spent. Motkaluk believes that taxpayers deserve, and should be demanding, better value for their dollar.
British Columbia, Quebec, Calgary, Coquitlam, and London, Ontario have adopted the QBS model. After its first year of use in London, the City’s Manager found that benefits included getting projects started 3 months faster and between 200 and 400 hours of city staff time was saved.
I will implement a more flexible procurement process that adapts to the nature of the project. The new process will save time, money and resources that can then be dedicated to advance other much needed projects.