Need some help from the big boys: I've got an upcoming proposal to do on a very large marina/2nd phase to a very upscale neighborhood. The developer got my name from one of my customers in the neighborhood, and he tells me they are very interested in using me. They already have my proposal on a 12k renovation to their subdivision entrance lighting system, but now want me to bid on this extremely large project in this next phase of their property. They want to tie in the entrance cost with the 2nd phase costs, but the 2nd phase cost should be around 150,000.00 minimum. Here is the question: I don't normally provide proposals of this caliber for free, but the developer is asking for "bids". This is going to take quite some time to figure out, but I don't want to cut my foot off by telling him that I need a deposit to create a design. If I provide my design time for free, and it all works out, this could be a nice job not to mention another good relationship with another developer..........What should I do? Put the time in now and hope for the best? Tell him I don't wan't to design it without a fee and risk being cut out of the loop? (He's never even heard of me except from my customer, who speaks highly). I've always been one to walk away from these kinds of bid wars because it's just too much work for little reward. No offense to anyone, but I don't need opinions here. I ask that only those of you who handle large jobs like this respond. Thanks in advance. Chris J.