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Bidding, Part III: The Envelope, Please! by Sal Alfano The end is in sight. The addenda have been issued, the site visit made, the specs and plans studied with such concentration that you can build the thing in your sleep. The subs have had their plans for almost two weeks now, and your quantity take-off and labor figures are almost done. Now the fun begins. The things you do or fail to do from here on out can make or break your bid, so be careful. First, close out the bid well in advance of the time it is due, usually the end of the day before. This doesn't mean you won't be accepting any more prices, but simply that