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DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

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PROCUREMENT 6 airportbusiness December 2017/January 2018 By Michael Wilson Why You Need a SOW Landing in Your Airport Make sure your RFP is up-to-date so you're not taken to the cleaner on housekeeping contracts. However, the contractor said there were unanticipated cost overruns. So in 2014, it billed O'Hare an extra $5.2 million; in 2015 the com- pany added another $1.7 million; and last year they tacked on another $750,000. The $99 million contract ballooned to more than $107 million. Since then, there have been a number of lawsuits and accusations going back and forth between the city and the contractor as well as the union representing the cleaning workers and the contractor. And while the cleaning con- tractor said the increased charges were mainly the result of wage issues and increased costs for cleaning products and materials, it is pos- sible the airport itself must share some of the blame – if the request for proposal (RFP) they were working with was not up to date. RFPS AND THE EVOLUTION OF CLEANING There are all types of requests for proposals; some are for copiers, telephone systems, as well as cleaning. A request for proposal is a document that solicits proposals asking deal - ers and service providers what products or ser- vices they will provide – per the RFP - and how C hicago's O'Hare Airport has nearly 5 million square feet of space that must be cleaned every day. In 2012, airport administrators signed a contract with a local cleaning contractor who agreed to clean the facility for $99 million annu- ally. The contract was set to run for five years and ends at the end of this year.

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