“Two weeks after the Corps of Engineers re-awarded the contract to build a massive permanent flood-control structure in New Orleans, the job’s procurement nightmare goes on.
The latest chapter follows 18 months of bid protests, a court challenge and a forced rebid.
Bechtel Infrastructure and CDM Smith-led CBY Design-Builders, losing bidders to PCCP Constructors, a Kiewit-led team that won the $629.5-million contract on Sept. 29, protested the re-award to the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Oct. 15.
The protests by Kiewit and Bechtel started in 2011 when the design-build contract was first awarded to CBY. The problems cited in the initial protest involved price, technical design issues and even alleged conflicts-of-interest.”