Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2008

The StarNight Hotel Construction Bid: Real Time Competition on Schedule, Scope, and Cost

by John D. Macomber

Abstract

The case is intended for use with the HBS Educational Technology Group "Construction Bidding Simulation." Material that can be taught includes quantity survey methodology (from the case); analyzing preliminary estimated costs per building trade (from the discussion questions); playing the multiparty real time competitive bid simulation to receive and process market costs; and debriefing on which bids should be accepted and why. Discussion points include what criteria to use in making the decision, how to process subcontractor bids, and how to award contracts. Many of the issues can be extended from construction into any bidding situation and any industry with multiple subconsultants or vendors.

Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions; Construction; Cost; Contracts; Bids and Bidding; Real Estate Industry;

Citation:

Macomber, John D. "The StarNight Hotel Construction Bid: Real Time Competition on Schedule, Scope, and Cost." Harvard Business School Case 209-067, November 2008.