The Gordian Group: Alleviating Construction Complexities
William L. Pollak, CEO
It is quite a familiar sight for the contractors, architects, and engineers to spend weeks or even months in successfully bidding a construction project regardless of the size, repairs, alterations or renovations. Mostly, the project delay is due to lengthy procurement cycles, insufficient staff, inefficient facilities assessment and planning, and budget limitations. Unraveling the complexities involved in all the phases across a construction lifecycle, The Gordian Group simplifies operations like planning, design, and procurement. Thinking out of the box, Gordian provides solutions build with an endeavor to maximize efficiency, optimize cost savings, and increase construction quality and contractual control.
Being the company’s flagship offering, Gordian’s Job Order Contracting (JOC) solution simplifies and streamlines the construction procurement process by helping the clients to finish their projects with the existing number of staff resources, within the give time frame. JOC is a unique, indefinite quantity procurement process that helps facility and infrastructure owners complete a large number of repair, renovation and straightforward new construction projects with a single, competitively-bid contract. “Unlike the traditional bidding, where each project is identified, designed and then put out to bid, JOC establishes competitively-bid prices up front and eliminates the need to separately bid each project,” delineates William L. Pollak, CEO of The Gordian Group. Therefore, each JOC program is designed in a way to minimize the administrative burden, while maximizing efficiency and producing high-quality results.
The JOC solution also enable cities to complete large numbers of construction projects with a single, competitively-bid contract based on a set of customized, pre-priced construction tasks. Instead of coping with construction delays, frustrated project managers and upset constituents, administrators use JOC to get repair and alteration projects finished before conditions worsen. Challenged with the growing construction project demand and limited time and resources, the city of Richmond, British Columbia, a few years back, faced budgetary limitations and procurement delays.
JOC establishes competitively-bid prices up front and eliminates the need to separately bid each project
To resolve these issues, the city’s building maintenance planner was looking for an efficient construction procurement method. The JOC process helped Richmond streamline the procurement process, accomplishing more projects on time and within budget. “Implementing our JOC software, the client could accelerate response time, consistent and predictable costs, and delivery of high-quality construction, enabling the city to assure responsible allocation of taxpayer funds,” says Pollak.
Upon implementation of Gordian JOC, customers’ receive access to eGordian—a web-based information management software that enables management and administration of the complete JOC process. This software delivers quality construction faster, slashing procurement time to days and weeks, instead of months. Leveraging eGordian owners can manage the procurement lifecycle of individual job orders, generate documentation that provides full transparency and auditability, and access and review comprehensive reports at the program level.
Gordian’s team of highly-experienced on-site construction management experts carry out day-to-day operations, and can assist owners throughout the entire JOC process from issuance to close-out. Further, Gordian’s Change Order Management solution combines comprehensive construction data, software, and industry expertise to help reduce the challenges of managing change orders associated with capital projects. The solution help clients establish rules of engagement, firm unit costs and change order workflows to simplify the change order process, reduce administrative effort, and avoid project delays.
The company looks forward to work towards a mission to provide innovative products and services to organizations pursuing efficient and effective construction procurement and information solutions. Gordian will continue to implement and support customized JOC programs for their clients and have plans to expand their product and service offerings.