Gordian created ezIQC to make its industry-leading Job Order Contracting (JOC) Solutions easily
available through cooperative purchasing. JOC is an indefinite delivery/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 traditional
bidding where each project is identified, designed and then put out to bid, ezIQC establishes competitively-bid prices up front and eliminates the need to bid each project separately.
ezIQC is another tool in the procurement toolbox for expediting straightforward construction projects.
Gordian’s expert field personnel guide owners through each step of the process, providing oversight to
ensure cost and timing efficiencies are maximized right from the start.
JOC was invented in 1981 by Gordian’s cofounder, Harry H. Mellon, to tackle the demanding
requirements, tight timeframes, and stringent, complicated competitive-bidding requirements at U.S.
Army facilities in Europe. ezIQC was launched in 2009 and rolled out nationwide in 2010, as the National
Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) and other leading cooperative purchasing groups began to offer it to their
members. Since then, thousands of projects have been completed and currently, over $1.4 billion of
construction work is completed annually through Gordian construction sourcing systems.
ezIQC is a reputation and relationship based contract, motivating the contractor to meet and exceed
the owner’s expectations of quality, timely construction. The owner is not obligated to give the contractor
more work, therefore encouraging them to build a lasting relationship.
Gordian’s procurement solutions have been proven to save between 8-15% on average over traditional
construction procurement methods. The cost of procuring a project is less because the owner does not
have to repeat the entire procurement cycle each time. The cost of construction is firm by the preset unit
prices in the Construction Task Catalog® (CTC), which prices over 275,000 construction work tasks, based
on local material, equipment and labor prices. The awarded contractor has competitively bid an adjustment factor to the pre-established unit prices, so the owner is assured a competitive price for each element of the project Scope of Work. Because contractors are bidding a series of projects instead of each small project, they may offer a volume discount.
The traditional design-bid-build cycle typically takes months to complete and uses a significant
amount of agency administrative and technical resources. With ezIQC, you can immediately access local, contractors through a competitively-bid contract with a cooperative agency. There is no need for preparing, copying, advertising and distributing bid packages for each project. The procurement process takes weeks instead of months.
The Construction Task Catalog accesses data from our Construction Cost Database of over 275,000
tasks with associated costs for all areas of construction. Each task contains a detailed description, unit of
measurement and unit price. The labor, material and equipment price components are updated to reflect
local prices, prevailing wages and working conditions at the time of publishing. There are a set of Technical Specifications for each of the construction tasks and general conditions that contain the specific contract language concerning the execution of the contract.
Change orders are significantly reduced because the contractor participates in the Joint Scope
Meeting with the owner and Gordian field personnel. This up front, open communication eliminates
the misunderstandings and mistakes that lead to most change orders. The owner has the right to change
the Scope of Work at any time during the project. With ezIQC, extra work and changes are priced using
the preset unit prices in the Construction Task Catalog for the owner’s specific area. The contractor
is motivated to be efficient and effective to reduce costs, but will not sacrifice quality or customer
satisfaction, because the contractor’s performance dictates his or her opportunity for future work.
ezIQC has a history of attaining and exceeding participation goals. Local, minority/women owned
businesses and residency initiatives can be handled on a project-by-project or program-wide basis. The
owner has the right to approve all subcontractors prior to issuance of the purchase order. Any specific
conditions of the project, such as bonding or special insurance, is specified in the purchase order and
provided to the owner.
The adjustment factors are modified on the anniversary date of the contract award, based on the
Construction Cost Index in the Engineering News-Record. The average CCI for the current year is divided
by the average CCI for the base year and equals the increase or decrease in the construction costs. The
percentage is multiplied by the original adjustment factor and thus equals the adjustment factor for the
next 12 months.
A: Most of the time you don’t. The ezIQC contractor is the single point of contact for construction
schedule and construction quality. Many agencies use the services of an architect to prepare the contract documents for procurement purposes. With ezIQC, this has already been completed. Projects with a more complex scope of work may require engineering and architectural services to define the scope of work or for permitting. If architectural or engineering services are required and the agency prefers, the ezIQC contractor will obtain these services.
One of the unique benefits of the ezIQC process is the knowledge and expertise that Gordian’s field
personnel provides throughout the process. Gordian will help you prepare a Detailed Scope of Work that describes the work the contractor will perform. Then, seasoned field personnel will review the Price
Proposal to make sure the contractor has selected the appropriate tasks and quantities and will ask the contractor to make any required changes. Only then will the Price Proposal be submitted for final review.The process is streamlined so construction is ready to begin in a fraction of the time than it would normally take to procure a project.
A: ezIQC simplifies and expedites the construction procurement process, so work can begin earlier. It puts
the owner in much greater contractual control and dramatically increases the quality of work. Any change
orders are based on firm prices and Gordian’s solutions virtually eliminate defaults, terminations and
claims. Owners have access to full-time, performance-based professional construction contractors, working
under a competitively-bid contract through a cooperative agency. ezIQC will save time and money, allowing owners to complete more projects.
Go to www.ezIQC.com, enter your project information. A Gordian representative will be in touch to set up a time to meet and discuss the project.
Give me a project to price and I’ll show you. By saving procurement time and working with you to develop the scope of work I am able to save you time and money. Gordian’s Construction Task Catalog prices reflect the contracting climate in your area. ezIQC contracts have been proven to save 8-15% on average over the traditional procurement methods.
The cost is included in the contractor’s bid and is 6% of the cost of the construction cost on a per project basis. NJPA charges a 1% administrative fee for management of the contracts. Gordian licenses the ezIQC procurement system to NJPA members. This license includes use of the Construction Task Catalog and PROGEN® management software. Benefits include Gordian’s highly-experienced staff, who will assist the agency every step of the way including conducting the project’s Joint Scope Meeting, reviewing the contractor’s price proposal by comparing the scope of work to the Construction Task Catalog and provide coordination between the agency and the contractor until a purchase order is issued or cancelled. The fee is paid to NJPA and Gordian through payment to the contractor for construction services. Membership in NJPA is free with no obligations. To become a member go to: www.njpacoop.org.
We advertised in major newspapers and in the local areas where the contract region is defined. Gordian can provide you with a copy or you can view and download a copy of the contract from our ezIQC contract database.
Legal Authority and the Joint Powers Act that we operate under are available for you to view at www.njpacoop.org. To view your state’s Joint Powers Laws click here and select your state to view or download your state’s Joint Powers Purchasing Authority.
The ezIQC contract has a base term of one year with an estimated value of 2 million dollars. The contract includes three option terms of one year each at an estimated value of three million dollars each. At the time the contracts were bid no work was identified.
- Professionally rewarding because contractors get to participate in project scope
- Increases sales because ezIQC contracts allow contractors to work with any facility owner
- Establishes long term relationships with clients
- Results in repeat business