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Zachary D. Sanders is an Associate in the Firm’s Construction Group.  Zach serves as counsel to a broad range of clients in the construction industry, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and owners. As the son of a contractor, he understands both the unique challenges and significant business opportunities that arise during the construction process. From contract negotiation through substantial completion and beyond, Zach works with his clients to identify potential issues in an effort to avoid risks and preserve their rights. When problems persist, he assists his clients in developing thoughtful solutions and provides reasoned insight to help them make informed business decisions.

Traditionally, public agencies have awarded construction contracts via the “lowest responsible bidder” procurement method, where bidders submit sealed bids and contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. However, a number of governmental entities have started to award contracts through “best value” procurement, which looks at factors other than price. Quality, experience, and expertise of the bidders also are relevant considerations when selecting contractors or vendors under a “best value” procurement format.

Following the trend, on May 16, 2017, Philadelphians approved a ballot measure that amended the City’s Home Rule Charter to allow the City to award certain contracts based on the “best value” standard, in addition to the “lowest responsible bidder” approach. Shortly thereafter, on July 27, 2017, the City issued regulations governing the award of contracts based on the “best value” method.
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