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Bidding a New Wal-mart Super Center

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Fordsuvparts, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 518

    I am looking to find a member who has worked for wal-mart in the past on a new store. We were contacted today by the general contractor about bidding all the landscaping and the retaining walls of this very large project. The retaining walls will be in the hundreds of thousands of square feet range and I am looking for some one on this site that has experience with a wall project this big. We do a large amount of retaining walls, and have a lot of experience in building walls but are looking for some one we can sub some of the work to. I have a lot of general question about dealing with wal-mart in general.
     
  2. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 595

    what is the name of the contracting company?
     
  3. RHayden

    RHayden LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    We've done a couple of SuperCenters here in Illinois. Never any major problems.
     
  4. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 518

    The name of the contractor is J.A. Fielden Inc.
     
  5. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    Be careful what you take on. I had a chance 2 years ago to bid a large wall for a new applebee's. This wall was about 300' long going to as high as 55' in some places. I have a lot of experience also but i felt that is wasent for me. Some times big jobs are for big boys and i will admit im not. This was one that there was a deadline so the store could open, i dont like to be rushed. They ended up getting a mexican crew to do the job and it looked like they did a pretty good job. I had an older guy that was my mentor told me once some times big jobs dont always work out. You might stand back and say i built that wall but i didnt make money. Im not trying to discourage you but i would look at all of the negative sides first. Will you be able to pull draws?
    Mike
     
  6. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 518

    I just found out from my brother that in order to bid the retaining wall part of the project that you have to have at least 100,000 square feet of wall experience. So it looks like we will bid the landscaping parts of it only.
     
  7. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    Never be to proud to walk away. The job i was talking about at first i thought it would set me for life ( big money ) But it could also ruin you for life: not getting paid, liability, and all the jobs you put off trying to get it done.
    My block sales rep told me that on big commercial jobs dont expect to make the money you do on residental.
    Mike
     
  8. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    No help with walls,there is a big walmart in lexington with a huge wall on Richmond road i would say it is 50 feet high it's huge.
     
  9. RHayden

    RHayden LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123


    I think you will be much better off in the long run. Good luck.
     
  10. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Posts: 601

    MowPro I know that wall your talking about, that thing is huge! One of the biggest retaining walls I have ever seen.
     

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