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COVID-19: Austin’s Contracting Office Keeps Working But With Some Changes

Featured Photo (above): Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Austin Development Services Department has limited public access, but is still welcoming in-person visits to collect construction bids and professional services consultant submittals. Image: Google Streets

Posted: 4-6-20

By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–Construction contractors doing business with the city are heeding some adjustments made by the Capital Contracting Office (CCO) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city on Monday, April 6, released information about bids and submittals. Because of statewide shelter-in-place orders, the city has either limited or prohibited public access to its facilities.

Most of the CCO’s activities may be performed remotely, but bids and professional services consultant submittals must still be provided in person at the city’s Development Services Department building at 505 Barton Springs Road.

“Therefore, due to social distancing requirements, please allow additional time for your in-person submittals. Only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in CCO’s suite at any one time,” the city stated in its release.

Questions about these requirements may be sent online through the following link.

The CCO also announced that its upcoming CIP (Capital Improvement Program) Partners Academy will be offered virtually.

The CIP Partners Academy is a series of seminars designed for city staff, vendors, and other parties involved in the city’s Capital Improvement Program.

The CCO’s construction training program will be the topic of the April 15 academy, which will be made available via Microsoft Teams. Contractors interested in taking the class may register at this link.


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About the Author:

Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.

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