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Cooperative purchasing for facilities services saves time and money with Choice Facility Partners, a cooperative purchasing agency and a division of Harris County Department of Education (HCDE). Choice Facility Partners brings legally- and competitively-bid facility cooperative purchasing contracts to schools, education-related organizations and other governmental entities, all in accordance with applicable government regulations. Choice Facility Partners provides its member organizations with the ability to use cooperative purchasing to streamline the myriad and cumbersome purchasing processes for facility-related functions. Elimination of the time-consuming activities inherent in the usual bidding processes has proven to save school districts, municipalities and other governmental bodies, significant time and money in their construction, maintenance and bond-related budgets. When seeking contracts for additional buildings, renovation, maintenance and other facility services, purchasing departments are required to work through a legally-mandated bidding process. Often time-consuming, confusing, labor-intensive, and sometimes contradictory, the process can overwhelm governmental entities by adding weeks to the front end of the process and precious public dollars to simply ensure that the law is followed, not to mention the pressure of successfully awarding a best value contract. Using Choice Facility Partners cooperative purchasing capabilities alleviates this difficulty and saves time and money for governmental entities.Cooperative purchasing with Choice Facility Partners takes the hassle out of the entire bidding process by providing options that meet unique facility requirements and interests of schools, governmental entities and organizations, while offering contracts that provide best value and fulfill quality and performance criteria standards. Multiple cooperative purchasing contract options allow members to select the resource that best meets their needs. Because contracts are compliant with all regulations, the headache of the bid process is eliminated and Choice Facility Partners members are assured a superior end product.
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Quality criteria must be met and references thoroughly checked before partners are awarded a contract and given permission to display the Choice Facility Partners seal. And, contract use and performance are audited to ensure quality and customer service. Cooperative purchasing facilities contracts are available for Job Order Contracting for remodeling, repair and renovation, useful when bond projects authorize quick deployment of work crews or as a part of regular maintenance; turn key pre-cast concrete and modular buildings; owner’s representative/project controls; building forensics; energy purchase, conservation and efficiency; webcasting, public meeting management technology; disaster recovery, safe and secure schools and more.
New cooperative purchasing facilities contracts are constantly in the works, as client member needs and quality services are identified. As more responders are awarded contracts and new services are offered, client members are informed of the best value opportunity.Eligible organizations can become members of Choice Facility Partners or use its cooperative purchasing premium facilities contracts at no cost by signing an interlocal agreement at the governing board level. This agreement allows one agency to use the services of another, thereby stipulating that the responsibility for legally and competitively bidding facilities contracts rests with Choice Facility Partners. Once signed, members may purchase services with any of Choice Facility Partners’ contract partners. To take advantage of Choice Facility Partners cooperative purchasing contracts, access and download the interlocal agreement at http://www.choicefacilitypartners.org/html/members.php. For more information about cooperative purchase with Choice Facility Partners, call 713-696-2122 or go to www.choicefacilitypartners.org.
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