Construction Contracting

For all public works projects the City has centralized construction contracting within City Purchasing and Contracting Services. Our office provides the rules, policies, process and directions, and manages the bidding and contracting process.

Public works projects are advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and online at eBid.

Types and Process

Standard Public Works

The most common contract bidding format is standard public works, also called Design, Bid, Build. This is used for most projects above $8,000 that are not administered under a different contracting method. The City designs the project and posts plans and specifications for public bid. All current public works solicitations are advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and online at eBid.

Job Order Contracts

Like most public agencies, the City is allowed to utilize Job Order Contracting with prime contractors for facility and utility construction work. See the Job Order Contracting page for more information.

Solicitation Process

Current Public Works Solicitations
Public works projects are advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and online at eBid.

Obtaining Bid Documents
eBid provides online distribution of construction bid documents for public works projects. The official plan holders list includes only those bidders who download directly from the website. Addenda and project information will only be sent to official plan holders.

Bid Submission
Sealed bids will be received up until 2 p.m. on the bid opening date. Bids received after the required bid submittal time will not be accepted except as waived by the City Purchasing and Contracting Services Director. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids.

Large, High-Profile Construction Projects

Large, High-Profile Construction Projects

For all public works projects the City has centralized construction contracting within the City Purchasing and Contracting Services Division. Our office provides the rules, policies, process and directions, as well as manages the bidding and contracting process. Below find links to information on individual large, high-profile projects.