No Work For You

October 4, 2012 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Judds Bros. Construction has been put in timeout by the City as a result of delays associated with the company’s failure to finish the South Street bridge project on time. Judds has been declared an “irresponsible bidder” and now can’t win any City jobs—not even as a subcontractor—for 8 months.

I wish I knew more about exactly what went wrong so I could more accurately determine if the consequence is fair. You’ve no doubt seen Judds Bros. crews working on projects all around Lincoln. They seem to do good work, yet four out of eleven projects done for the City since 2007 have been finished late. That doesn’t seem consistent with the motto splashed on their homepage: “On schedule, quality construction, with attention to detail”. It’s not pleasant to see a local company be blacklisted, but maybe that’s what it will take to snap them out of this funk.

Or maybe it’s not a funk at all. Perhaps it’s not uncommon for four out of eleven projects to come in late. Again, my ignorance of construction management is showing. That sounds like a lot to me, but my personal experience with web development projects tells me that some projects just go awry. I have no idea what an acceptable rate of poorly predicted timelines might be in Judds’s industry.

Does the 8 month ban sound fair to you?

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