Arizona DOA Saves $600,000 with Job Order Contracting

Arizona DOA Saves $600,000 with Job Order Contracting


Originally built in 1908, the Carnegie Library, now known as the Carnegie Center, has been a mainstay in downtown Phoenix for over a century. The roof of the library is one of the last of its kind in Arizona, so when it came time to replace this historic structure, the state wanted to ensure the renovation was managed properly and the new roof mimicked the existing architecture. Fealty to history was costly. Initial bids for the project came in around $1.3 million—far above the budget the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) put aside for the project. Officials knew they had to rein in costs.


ADOA accessed Job Order Contracting (JOC) through Gordian. JOC is an alternative construction project delivery method that streamlines the procurement process, helping keep projects on time and on budget. ADOA worked with SD Crane Builders, Inc., a local contractor, and Gordian to get the project price down to $700,000, nearly half the amount of initial bids. Gordian’s JOC solutions are famous for this sort of collaboration, beginning with a joint scope walk where all stakeholders can discuss affordable solutions for completing the project and clear up any questions before work starts. This front-end teamwork typically reduces change orders during construction. SD Crane began work August 1.


ADOA saved taxpayers more than $600,000 through the benefits of Job Order Contracting and the hard work of SD Crane. The historical landmark maintained its architectural integrity and today the library serves the community as a multi-use facility which includes an exhibit of its own history. The project was honored as Award of Merit winners during the 2016 Harry H. Mellon Job Order Contracting Awards.

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