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The City of Austin Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program

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Job Order Contracting (JOC) is designed for maintenance, repair, alteration, renovation, remediation, and minor construction of facilities when work is of a recurring nature, but delivery times, type and quantities of work required are indefinite. Facility is defined as a building, the design and construction of which is governed by accepted building codes, or a structure or land, whether improved or unimproved, that is associated with a building.  The price for each assignment is established by a Unit Price Book (UPB) with an adjustment factor referred to as a “coefficient”.

JOC Contracts are not allowed for:

  • A highway, road, street, bridge, utility, water supply project, water plant, wastewater plant, water and wastewater distribution or conveyance facility, wharf, dock, airport runway or taxiway, drainage project, or related type of project associated with civil engineering construction; or
  • A building or structure that is incidental to a project that is primarily a civil engineering construction project.

2020 JOC Contract Terms:

  • Initial Term of 24 months, with option of three possible 12-month terms
  • Eight Contractors
  • Maximum aggregate contract price of $48,000,000 to be distributed among the eight contractors

Examples of Scopes of Work include:

  • Accessibility, safety and code upgrades
  • Plumbing and piping
  • Pre-fab buildings
  • Paving and drainage
  • Interior and exterior renovations
  • Enclosures and structures
  • Fixed equipment
  • HVAC improvements
  • Security upgrades
  • Landscaping
  • Flooring and ceilings
  • Roofing
  • Window and door upgrades
  • Demolition and remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Electrical and lighting

MBE/WBE Goals:

  • Compliance plans/goals will be established for each Job Order assignment
  • Good Faith Effort solicitation of subcontractors required when Job Order assignment goal is not met
  • Assigning goals per Job Order assignment results in attainable goal determinations

Wage Compliance:

  • Prevailing wage rates will be applied according to the rates current at the time of each Job Order Assignment.

Click here for more information on the Wage Compliance Program

Professional Support:

  • Creation of a JOC Design Consultants Rotation List Five contracts with consultant teams for a total of $5,000,000 to be divided among the five consultants.
  • These consultants will have a better understanding of JOC and provide more accurate construction cost estimates using R.S. Means cost data.

Pricing Methodology: 

  • Left-hand RSMeans (bare material, labor, equipment costs) + coefficient for self-performed work
  • Right-hand RSMeans (bare costs including overhead & profit) + coefficient for subcontractor work
  • Intent is to pass through the R.S. Means O&P to the subcontractors to address market pricing issues and drive increased MBE/WBE participation


  • All CSI Division 1 line items are excluded from the UPB and associated costs are to be considered as part of the Coefficients
  • This will more clearly define general requirement items that are part of the coefficient

Assignment Cancellation/Withdrawal Retribution Fee:

  • A standard flat-rate “line-item” fee of $500 for Scope of Work development and $1,000 for proposal development will be paid to contractor when an assignment is unilaterally canceled by the City after SOW/proposal development has been completed

JOC Information and Outreach:

City Council approves the 2020 JOC Contract with 8 Prime Contractors

JOC Informational Flyer

February 12, 2020 Presentation to Contractors

Video of the February 12, 2020 presentation


Questions? Please email our JOC Program Administrator, Kevin Benson