An innovative European tendering process was developed for Alliander in which collaboration was stimulated between a handful of disciplines.
In 2011, Alliander chose a new real estate strategy. For the company’s location in Duiven, this meant that highly sustainable premises had to be developed, at an existing location with approximately ten (dated) buildings, in order to house the growing number of employees.
Alliander had set ambitious goals with respect to the sustainability of the building, in terms of raw material use and energy consumption. The most important goal of the organization was that the new construction would have to be authentically sustainable, and therefore be respectful towards the (dated) buildings on site. The complexity of the project required close collaboration between disciplines in order to allow for a successful and financially viable bid. The reference point for the financial bid was a “Total Cost of Ownership” of the previous real estate situation.
The selection phase was focused on challenging the market players to create collaborative teams composed of architects, engineers and construction companies. After a successful selection phase, three consortia were selected for the dialogue phase. It was in these dialogues that the boundaries between disciplines and between consortia faded, allowing for breakthrough innovations to arrive. All involved parties were very positive about the tender process: finally they were asked for their expertise. They were supportive of the collaboration between disciplines and the ensuing innovations, and the short time in which the tender took place was appealing as it led to significantly lower administrative costs. The awarding was done based on the most economically viable bid, where the winning design surpassed the expectations of the organization and the financial bid was comfortably within the TCO framework.
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