Questions posed to General Contractors


  • What is your availability: When can you start?
  • Approximately, what percentage of your work has been church work?
  • How many projects have you worked on with the selected Architect?
  • Have you ever done a project locally, and if so describe your experience or challenges
  • How accurate have your projected construction schedules been in the past?
  • Have you, your company, or any lead positions in your company, ever been sued for anything? If yes, what was it for, and what was the outcome?
  • Are you or your company currently involved in any type of lawsuit?


  • Describe your safety procedures.
  • What is your company’s safety record for the last 5 years?
  • How will you ensure a safe campus during construction


  • What is a normal cost variance between “estimation”, “bid cost” and “completion cost”?
  • How do you work with budget shortfalls?
  • How do you calculate change order costs?
  • Do you have experience working with an MEP DesignBuild model?
  • Describe your pre-construction services. Is there a cost or contract associated with this work?
  • What contract form do you prefer to use as a construction agreement?

Employees and Sub-Contractors

  • Describe your background check or screening process for your employees and subcontractors?
  • Who are the proposed team members? Project Manager, Estimator, and Superintendent
  • If the church desires to use a specific subcontractor, do you offer a process to include them

Design & Construction

  • Do you provide and test mock-up walls for moisture penetrations at openings?
  • After your initial review of our campus/site visit, the master plan and in particular our phased construction areas, what stood out to you as a good idea or design feature, and what stood out to you as a possible challenge that you might suggest a fresh look at, change or re-evaluation?