RF(R) – Request for Relationship

Over time, COOLNet Alberta has come to be seen as focused on publically-funded construction opportunities.  With the huge volume of public tenders flowing through COOLNet (likely over 4,000 in 2017), it’s easy to see where that idea came from.

However, it’s a misconception that COOLNet is only useful for ‘low bid’ or ‘race to the bottom’ construction work. This could not be farther from the truth.

To see COOLNet at work in the private sphere, consider the example of Mathew McLash, President and CEO of WestOak Development, developer of the Windsor Terrace, and more recently The Mezzo. I had the opportunity to meet Mat and his team as they are using COOLNet Alberta to present the Mezzo project to the best sub-trades and suppliers available. WestOak’s approach to contractor selection has little in common with “race to the bottom” bidding. They are looking for superior quality while maintaining excellent value.

The Mezzo will be a catalyst in the evolution of Edmonton’s Old Strathcona area, and may even influence how multi-family developments are proposed and completed across Edmonton.  WestOak aims to provide exceptional quality at a reasonable price while inspiring communities to build better.  You can see those improvements in the LEED Silver designation earned for Windsor Terrace (The Mezzo will shadow), their first-of-its-kind in Edmonton car-sharing program, Public Art, or community amenity contributions.  In these and other ways, WestOak pursues a vision of better buildings and stronger communities.

This is a future for construction that COOLNet is already making possible. More than a basic online plansroom, COOLNet is where owners, developers, consultants, and contractors find each other, create relationships, and collaborate to find best value. It is a place for innovation and collaboration.

Price will always be a factor in any building decision. But as Mat explains, “Great relationships create the strongest value for everyone involved.” That sentiment underlies our strong desire for COOLNet, which is to mature beyond simple tenders, plans, and RFPs. It’s already happening for WestOak, and it can happen on your next project: COOLNet is the hub of construction in Alberta, where relationships are made.

Good luck,

Curtis Griffith

BDM – COOLNet Alberta

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