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Bid Process

The Planning, Design & Construction Management department manages the construction, and retrofitting of campus buildings and their surroundings.  

We administer the design agreement and construction contract process in compliance with the California Public Contract Code and University of California policy.

UC Merced conducts:

  • Formal Competitive Bidding for construction projects valued above $640,000 via public advertisement 
  • Informal Competitive Bidding for construction projects valued between $50,000 and $640,000 and
  • Either informal competitive bidding or negotiatied contracting for construction projects valued at less than $50,000, as allowed by Code and UC Policy. 

Annual Announcement

Please click the link to register your firm as part of the Annual Announcement. This annual announcement is intended to result in the identification of persons and firms which are interested in pursuing contracts to perform services for various projects.  This annual announcement may result in the award of contracts to multiple consultants at each University campus or facility office.  However, this advertisement does not commit the University to award any contract at a particular campus or facility office nor to award a contract for a particular type of service or type of project.  The estimated amount of each contract will be less than $100,000.

We refer to this database when selecting firms for work on Campus. Please note that we currently do not send routine notifications to registered vendors regarding open RFPs and construction bids.  Please check our website regularly for a current list of open RFPs and construction bids at For any questions, please reach out to Sara Anastos at

Bid Openings

For information on bid openings, delivery process and deadlines please contact:

Sara Anastos

Requests for Qualifications/Requests for Proposals

The University issues RFQs and RFPs for a variety of design and construction projects. Commonly, an RFQ is used to develop a short list of the most qualified development teams to compete in the RFP Phase.

For certain more specialized projects where there are a limited number of qualified entities all of whom are known to the University, it may be appropriate to issue an RFP to those entities, saving the RFQ step.