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Bidding a Hospital

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by LapeerLandscape, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    This has always been done in house by hospital maintenance people. This year they ask us to quote it and the cancer center right behind it. We are on good terms with them and do some of the grounds maintenance in the summer. They are looking for a seasonal price all inclusive, plow (15 to 20 times), salt (probably 40 times) and sidewalks (about 900'). We have the equipment and are familiar with big box stores and plenty of ins. I have a very good idea where I need to be for each place and am looking for a few opinions and any other advice.
    http://www.findlotsize.com/?place=1375+n+main+st,+lapeer+mi+48446&submit=Go&r=e


    http://www.findlotsize.com/?place=1295+barry+st,+lapeer+mi+48446&submit=Go&r=e
     
  2. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Is it going to be a zero-tolerance site with 24/7 coverage? I also assume being a hospital you would need to be doing site checks for run off that is re-freezing and causing hazards?
     
  3. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    24/7 coverage as a hospital should be, the cancer center is 5 days 8-6 I believe and yes we check our accounts daily as needed.
     
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  4. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Nice. If it wasn't so far away from us I'd try to steal it from you. :p

    Will they let you set up a salt bin on site?

    And what kind of chem are they spec'ing for the helipad?
     
  5. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    Our yard and salt bin isn't too far away, small town.

    The helipad hasn't been discussed yet but I am sure it will be a calcium chloride blend bagged material.

    Last year the maintenance people salted with all bagged material and a tailgate salter.
     
  6. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,295

    You may want to think about using Liquid on the helipad to eliminate the potential issue with bagged material being sucked up by heli the turbine.
     
  7. TKLAWN

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,577

    The lot at the hospital looks pretty full of cars, has hauling out been discussed?

    Guessing there not going to want to loose any parking spots.
     
  8. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,898

    X2

    Our 2 hospital accounts aren't any different from Wal-Mart/24 hour retail, etc. When I bid the first one the first season, I was intimidated somewhat by the fact that it was a hospital but it went no differently than the WalMart we'd done 2 years already. Ours sometimes call for salt on a dry lot, or clear but still wet lot, no different from retail.
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,975

    Fyi, be prepared to get called out to salt the last parking spot 2 miles away at 2am.
    I always hear the stories like this all the time from our guys.
     
  10. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Good communication and cooperation is the key. The staff needs to park in a designated area after a snow day so you can tidy things up a day later.
     
  11. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    We try and do that now at both Meijers stores we do, get them to park in another area at shift change.
     
  12. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    Hauling out has not been talked about and has not been an issue in the past.
     
  13. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,691



    Wishful thinking...There is always an idiot or two that don't listen...Usally they drive "cummings" and are part of a Monarcy
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Ain't that the truth.
     
  15. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    You and Biff keep spelling it wrong, its malarkey not monarchy.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2015
  16. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,691

    Looks like a nice account...One and only thing I know about Hospitals is they like to be serviced...My personal opinion is I would do them on a per push per app basis...If I was going to do a seasonal I would have to be atleast a 3 year deal..I would also pump up your salting number due to the fact they are gonna want you to be.
     
  17. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    Looks to be a great gig. Just my opinion id add at least 10 salts to your number and be on the higher end of the plows. 24/7 needs to be baby sat
     
  18. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    I think we figured it for 40 salts and bid it for 50, plus a little extra here and there. The biggest thing is they just want a good job. The guys that work there dont put much pride into snow removal.
     
  19. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,691



    Pretty much said that above...But your the Expert..Better watch out Lapeer I see Superior making a cold call in the morning
     
  20. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    Nothing like some friendly competition.:gunsfiring:
    I think it makes us better.