Payment on State of Maryland Construction Should Improve

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The State of Maryland agreed to some changes in change order processes at a meeting last Monday of the work group that was established by last year’s change order legislation.  Here are some results:

  • Subs (or GCs) do not have to do any change order work without a written change order. 
  • It is doubtful that a website that shows when payment is made to the prime contractor can be accomplished with the present State antiquated procurement system.  There is a blue ribbon commission looking at modernizing the procurement process that should address this.
  • In the Guidelines, the GC will include subcontract information on the payment and performance bond.  Subs should request this up-front in all state work since they do not have lien rights.
  • You will know who in the State has the authority to approve change orders and a chain of command to go to if there is some concern about a project.
  • The State should provide documentation for their price if it is different from the price you submit for a change order.

In the end it was evident that the State of Maryland has an out of date procurement system that will take some time to change.  If you have a change order issue that takes more than 60 days to rectify, please let know. 


Hawkins Electric Service, Inc.

The Henri at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Md., is the latest example of Hawkins Electric Service’s electrical construction prowess. From the depths of the two-level underground parking garage up to the building’s rooftop pool-arcade-fitness center, Hawkins Electric performed an array of services for 12 stories of multi-family residential units and associated amenities. Services included installation of switchboards, branch circuitry in all residential units, all interior work, mechanical systems, electronic lighting controls, circuit transformer cabinet for Pepco metering and risers for electrical rooms.



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