Firms looking for prime contracts in construction
and design engineering must first register with the Department. The registration
process culminates in a firm's inclusion on the
of Eligible Engineering Consultants. There is an annual renewal
process for all firms on the Roster, but new firms may register at
WisDOT holds bimonthly
solicitations to ask for consultant interest in its state
highway and structure design projects. Firms submit Notice of
Interest forms explaining their qualifications for each project in
which they have interest. An upcoming schedule
of these advertisements is always available on this web site.
The solicitations may also include local
government projects. WisDOT provides this service to
municipalities wishing to find qualified firms for local
transportation engineering work. Firms may need to be on the WisDOT
Roster to be eligible for local projects; the solicitation
information will note this requirement if needed.
Construction projects and full-service construction master contracts are advertised annually in the
fall. For more information, see the construction
solicitation Web page.
Very occasionally, a special
solicitation will be published to advertise a project not
included in a bimonthly advertisement. Consultants on the Roster
and/or the web notification list will be
made aware of these solicitations via email.
WisDOT also holds Design Opportunity Day each
spring for Roster firms to present their qualifications to Department
staff. The application for Design Opportunity Day is included with
the January solicitation. In even-numbered years, WisDOT
uses these presentations as the interviews for full-service design
engineering master contracts.
Firms looking for opportunities to perform
specialized non-engineering services like survey, landscape architecture, historical
and environmental investigations are not required to register with
WisDOT usually advertises master contracts for those
services, rather than soliciting for interest on individual
projects. Master contracts are used
on an as-needed basis by WisDOT for a given period of time, usually
one or two years, to cover a type of work statewide or in a
Those contracts are advertised as "open to all
firms," so inclusion on the Roster of Eligible Engineering
Consultants is not required to apply.
specialty service contracts for a project-specific roadway or structure
are included in the bimonthly design and related
services solicitation. Those projects are also advertised as open to
Firms looking for subconsultant opportunities are
not required to apply for the Roster of Eligible Engineering
WisDOT does not make prime-sub connections, as prime vendors awarded the contract
directly hire subconsultants for specialized services (although WisDOT
approves the use of any subconsultant). To see the prime firms
receiving contracts for design and related services, check out the
The Roster of Eligible
Engineering Consultants includes addresses and other information
about all firms registered for prime work for WisDOT. This may be
helpful information to make firms typically receiving prime work
aware of your qualifications and
WisDOT receives 10-25 applications for most of its
advertisements, meaning the competition for prime contract work is
Consultant contract selections are made using a
Qualification-Based Selection process, per the federal Brooks Act.
But because there are often 10 or more well-qualified
firms applying for projects, even companies providing quality
work to WisDOT in the past cannot be awarded every contract in which
they express interest.
WisDOT attempts to balance contract awards whenever
possible among established firms of all sizes, as well as new firms.
The Department is also proactive in working with Disadvantaged
Business Enterprises on federally-funded contracts.
Firms looking to break into the Wisconsin market may
need to focus on smaller projects at first, or build relationships
with firms already working with WisDOT through teaming or
Any firm looking to work with WisDOT should be
well-versed on the Department's 'Doing Business'
and consultant extranet sites, which
include important contracting tools, policies and manuals.
For updates on changes in information published on
WisDOT site, including announcements on policy changes and new
solicitations, sign up for the Web email
Although WisDOT uses communication tools like the
Internet and email to make consultants aware of upcoming
opportunities, it is your firm's responsibility to be cognizant of
Internet solicitations and up-to-date on Department policies and
procedures. This awareness will make it easier for your firm to show
WisDOT the quality work you can provide.