Firms solely working as subconsultants do not contract directly with ADOT and are not required to prequalify with ADOT. They can go through the same prequalification process as prime consultant, however, and are encouraged to do so. One reason is that a company might be a subconsultant on one project but a prime on another.
There are three general routes for a subconsultant to learn about upcoming ADOT opportunities. The first is to pay attention to upcoming projects and try to identify parts of those projects your firm can perform. To learn more about exploring proposal opportunities, see the page on bidding opportunities.
The second is to get to know prequalified prime consultants and ask if they might see a place for your firm in any upcoming projects. You can find a list of prequalified consultants on the ADOT website.
A third strategy is to network with other subconsultants in complementary fields. They may be able to alert you to upcoming work or recommend you to prime consultants looking for your specialty when building a team.
It is also important to make contact with ADOT Project Managers assigned to projects to get information before the project is advertised.
You can also access an Active Project List for ADOT and Local Public Agencies, including the name and contact information of the Project Manager for the project and when bids will be advertised on the Management Services section of the ADOT website.
A set of approved construction projects to be advertised are listed on the State Five-Year Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). A copy of the STIP and its Amendments can be found at in the Transportation Programming section of the ADOT website.
It is worth noting that, during the solicitation period for a project, consultants are not permitted to communicate with any ADOT staff about the project except to submit questions in writing to the assigned ECS Contract Specialist. Instructions on submitting questions regarding the solicitation will be documented in the RFQ.
One way to get to know other consultants is attending public meetings, outreach and networking events for DBEs and small businesses sponsored by ADOT’s Business Engagement and Compliance Office. You can learn more about these programs on the DBE/Small Business Assistance page.