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9 Online Platforms for Entrepreneurs to Find and Track Tenders

Agreeing with the construction industry’s reputation as a technological laggard, construction professionals say old-fashioned relationship building is still the best way to find new bidding opportunities.

However, There are a variety of electronic databases that help general contractors and subcontractors track requests for proposals, or RFPs, for public and private projects.

Here are the ones Construction Dive sources have pointed to as resources for commercial builders, along with the benefits and challenges users see for each.

ConstructionWire

BuildCentral’s ConstructionWire.com provides details of active projects – from pre-planning to first builds. Each report includes location, schedule, project details and key contacts.

The database focuses on private projects such as office buildings, hotels, retail and multi-family, among other sectors, with a total construction value of over $500,000. System staff collect information directly from project sponsors, such as general contractors, architects, owners, municipal and state agency filings, and trade publications. Around 3,000 to 5,000 projects are added every month, depending on the company.

Users can see the types of projects in the database, such as whether the project is data center, grocery, hotel, medical, multi-family, etc. Other features include access to the stage the project is in, such as whether it is in the planning stage, its future start date, anticipated construction or completion date. The platform also indicates whether the type of construction is new, extension or renovation.

Used by: US Air Force, Turner Construction, Gilbane, AECOM

Price: Withheld

Build a track

This online database provides access to information on commercial construction projects in the United States and Canada, both public and private. Users can sift through open projects by state, zip code, project type, or keyword.

For example, multi-family projects can be searched by number of units and then by type of sub-project, including apartment, condo, affordable housing, retirement residence and student housing. Hotel projects are available to search by number of rooms and then by sub-project, including budget, extended stay, mid-range, high-end, luxury, and brand. Medical and hospital projects can be searched by number of rooms and subproject types, while restaurant projects can also be searched by brand, according to the Construct-A-Lead website.

Used by: Withheld

Price: Plans start at $995 per year for a county-level subscription and go up to $11,995 per year for a full-access nationwide subscription. Custom pricing is also available.

Dodge Data & Analytics

Dodge Data & Analytics’ database adds or updates more than 6,500 projects per day, according to the company. These early-stage construction projects include public, private, small and large projects, according to its website.

The platform provides visibility into expected labor costs to quickly assess the profitability of potential projects before committing to bidding. Users can also access who uploaded plans for a specific project to gauge outside interest, plan next steps, develop a shortlist of potential partners, and understand what the competition is doing.

Dodge’s content collection process includes a team of journalists who build relationships with commercial construction professionals to capture hard-to-find private projects, said Steve Masters, senior vice president of product management at Dodge. This process is complemented by web scraping techniques as well as partnerships with local, state and federal government agencies who provide their project documents through Dodge Construction Network.

Used by: Hoar Construction, Messer Construction

Price: Varied

Status Tracking Resources

Many state and local governments have databases that construction companies can check regularly for updates on when tenders are supposed to be posted.

For example, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has such a site and the state of Virginia has a website which monitors higher education projects.

Used by: Messer Construction, Wurzel Builders

Price: Free

GovSpend.com

GovSpend maintains a database of all federal, state and local government spending, according to its website. The online platform has a dedicated team that maintains relationships with government agencies and asks them directly for their purchasing information.

Additionally, government agencies will use the GovSpend database for their own procurement needs. Indeed, due to the Freedom of Information Act, government agencies are required to report this data upon request so that there is transparency and open competition among the vendors they work with. GovSpend, in turn, has streamlined and automated this process, according to its website.

The database offers a 9% to 12% increase in return on investment for customers in public sector departments, according to the company. On average, GovSpend claims its clients see a return on investment within six months.

Used by: Virgilio & Associates

Price: Customizable

MyGovWatch

MyGovWatch is a government tender notification system that provides users with industry-targeted leads at all levels and types of government buyers. The database contains over 200 tender categories and adds tens of thousands of tenders per month, according to its website.

Used by: Withheld

Price: Paid plans start at $49.99 per month for a regional subscription in three of 24 industry categories and six states. Each additional category costs an additional $10 per month, and three additional states add $5 per month.

The national subscription, which includes all states, costs $79.99 per month, but still only includes three of the 24 industry categories. Each additional category is also another $10 per month.

RFPSchoolWatch

This database monitors 15,000 U.S. K-12 school districts, approximately 100,000 schools, the top 5,000 colleges and universities, and 50 state government education departments for tenders.

To do this, the RFPSchoolWatch team monitors URLs for schools, colleges, state and local governments, according to its website. The platform sends emails of offers six days a week.

Used by: Withheld

Price: Annual pricing starts at $495 for a state subscription, $695 for a regional subscription, $895 for a national subscription, and $1,190 for a US and Canada subscription.

SAM.gov

The System for Award Management is an official US government website that allows companies to register and do business with federal agencies. SAM.gov is free to use.

The database lists all future government opportunities and solicitations, as well as expiring contracts.

Used by: frost construction

Price: Free

Association of Government Finance Officers NOFO Tracking

The association has a Funding Opportunity Notification Follow-up focused on IIJA funds, with information on eligible uses and applicants, grant links and deadlines.

Used by: Withheld

Price: Free