Public Works

 

Contracts

 

Kidman Law works with its water clients to aggressively and efficiently manage all aspects of planning, design and construction of public construction projects.  Kidman Law has developed forms for professional services and construction based on years of experience, and is particularly proud of its construction bid set, which has evolved continuously over more than 20 years and is reviewed and updated annually.  The contract documents developed by Kidman Law and our experience working with them under a wide variety of conditions give our clients a significant advantage.

 

Competitive Bidding

 

Most water agencies are required by law to competitively bid public works projects, and even agencies exempt from the requirement often elect to proceed in accordance with public bidding statutes as a matter of policy.  Kidman Law’s role in the public bidding process starts with preparation of a reliable set of bid documents during the design phase and continues through the bid opening, award, and execution of the construction agreement.  It can involve the resolution of any number of issues and disputes that commonly arise in connection with awarding a public contract.

 

Real Property, Easements and Licenses

 

Every public works project requires some assemblage of real property rights that allows it to be constructed in a particular place and time.  Public water agencies have a variety of powers that assist them in acquiring real property rights, but generally speaking a public agency acquiring such interests faces an involved and often long process beyond anything required of a private purchaser.  Kidman Law assists its clients in evaluating, negotiating, obtaining and documenting property and property rights that are needed for any number of agency purposes.

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