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Trail Contracting – What Works, What Doesn’t

Instructor: Mike Shields, Michael D. Shields Consulting
Date: Saturday - Sunday, May 16-17
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $145 early registration ($175 after March 20)
Maximum of 40 participants.

PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops can be purchased independently from a Symposium registration package. To attend a PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshop, you must still register through the online registration system.

Workshop Costs:
Due to a generous sponsorship from REI this workshop has been discounted from the normal rate of $190 per person to $145 early registration ($175 after March 20).

This fee includes: nationally recognized instructors, high instructor to participant ratio, lunch on each day of the workshop, and reference/resource binders.

Workshop Description:
A 2-day overview covering contract types, preparation, terms and conditions, specifications, drawings, administration and field inspection, and problems arising from poorly written contracts, poor field inspection, or failure to perform. Scenarios and class exercises emphasize particular points. Both client and contractor perspectives are emphasized. Appropriate for anyone preparing, administering, inspecting, or bidding on a trail maintenance or construction contract, or who anticipates doing so.

This is a 2-part workshop (taught since 1975) covering contract preparation, administration, and inspection.

Day 1 covers contract types and provisions, contract language, terms and conditions, procurement "boilerplate," Scope statements, RFP's vs RFQ's, Bid Schedules, the "Engineer's Estimate," writing good specifications, the role of drawings and sketches, and problems inherent in poorly prepared contracts.

Day 2 covers in-field administration and inspection, lines of contract authority, pre-bid actions and problems, contract and inspection records, appeals, disputes and claims, Stop Work Orders, accidents and "near-misses," contract closure vs. termination, and problems arising from poor inspection or administration. Scenarios and class exercises are used to emphasize points. Participants receive a reference binder for each day, and are encouraged to share their personal experience where appropriate.

Workshop Learning Objectives
• Be fully aware of what constitutes a good contract and its administration for both parties.
• Identify the risks and problems inherent in poorly prepared or administered contracts.
• Appreciate the "cooperative partnership" aspect of a successful contract.

Instructor Biography
Mike Shields started out on trails in 1960, in the days of axes, misery whips, and 90-pound loads in a Trapper Nelson backpack. He has worked and/or managed trail systems in National Parks in Washington, Texas, Utah, California, Colorado, and Alaska. Following his retirement in 1996 he has been a contract consultant providing services and training to federal, state and municipal agencies, non-profits and community volunteer groups in Alaska and throughout the western "Lower 48." He wrote and administered construction and maintenance contracts, predominantly trails-related, from 1970 through 1996, and has assisted state and federal agencies, municipalities, and non-profits with contract preparation and pre-Award actions from 1997 to present.

What to Bring:
This is an indoor only workshop. Bring examples from your contracting experience if you have them.

Our group will meet at 7:45 am on the day of the workshop at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232) in the Hamilton Room (in Executive Meeting Center (EMC)

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232)
From I-5 South - Washington
Take exit 302A toward Moda Center/City Center
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Rose Quarter
Continue straight onto N Vancouver Avenue
Continue onto NE Wheeler Avenue
Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street and the hotel will be on your right
From I-5 North - Salem Area
Take exit 302A for Weidler Street
Merge right onto NE Weidler Street
Turn right onto NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street and the hotel will be on your right
From Portland International Airport (PDX)
Get on I-205 S
Follow I-205 S and take exit 21B for I-84/US-30 W toward Portland
Merge onto I-84/US-30 W
Take exit 1 toward Llyod Center
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Llyod Center and merge onto NE 13th Avenue
Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland will be on the left

Your workshop will end at the Hotel at 5:00 pm.

PTBA Coordinator (Mike Passo) 360-734-7270
Workshop Assistant Coordinator (Pat Passo) 360-961-4332
PTBA President (Peter Jensen) 413-441-0204
LL Stub Stewart State Park Office 503-324-0606
Providence Portland Medical Center 911 (general 503-215-1111)
4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

For More Information Contact:
Mike Shields, Principal

For more information on the Professional Trailbuilders Association, visit www.trailbuilders.org

Symposium Sponsors





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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