​Step 1:  Register Your Firm


If you were registered with APP on a previous contract, you will receive an Invitation to Prequalify with instructions. ​ Click the orange banner at the top of the prequalification email to begin the prequalification process on this project.


If you have already completed Sections 1-7 of the online questionnaire, go directly to Step 3 and complete the Trade Specific Prequalification Questions only.  This document should be uploaded into Section 8.  If you have completed the questionnaire and would like to prequalify for another trade package, please complete a Trade Specific Questionnaire Form and email it to info@austinpowerpartners.com


If you would like to prequalify and you have not received an invitation from our system Click Here.  Enter your information in the SmartBid Registration Form and a link to the Prequalification Questionnaire will be emailed to you.  If you receive an error message notifying you that your company is already in our database, but you did not receive an Invitation to Prequalify, Contact Us


Step 2:  Complete the Prequal Questionnaire​


Step 3:  Download and Complete the Trade Specific Questionnaire

Submit a questionnaire for each trade you want to bid


Trade Specific Questionnaire Form (Blank)


​Files too big to upload in SmartBid? (Click here)


​Step 4:  Review, Respond and Acknowledge Addenda

Addenda can be found in the Plan Room​


Bidding Eligibility

Our process of subcontractor selection begins with a review of basic company information. This process results in a list of highly qualified subcontractors throughout the Chicago area. Your cooperation is most appreciated. In order to maintain our subcontractor/supplier database, each subcontractor participates in an initial qualification process and provides periodic updates. Steps to complete the prequalification process are listed below.

  • Bidding on certain bid packages is by invitation to prequalified bidders only.

  • ​Some trade packages are reserved for Small Business Enterprises (SBI) and Mid-sized Business Enterprises (MBI). Click here to learn more.

  • Bidders are prequalified through APP's project specific prequalification process. 

  • Processing prequalification applications may take over 30 days. Submit your prequalification documents early to allow for processing time.

*Small or new businesses please contact Contact Us directly for special requirements

Click here  to sign up to receive Prequalification Announcements and Bid Alerts for future work at O'Hare

Before you get started

Reference Documents & Specifications

Our Process

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Tier Subcontractors and Suppliers are NOT required to complete the Prequalification Process. If you would like to participate as a Tier Subcontractor or Supplier, complete our  Project Interest Form.

Begin the Prequalification Process

Prequalification Specifics

Documents are provided for reference only

What you need to know

The following attachments are needed to complete the prequalification application: 

Note:  For each category, multiple attachments must be combined in ONE file 


  • Form W-9 indicating full legal name and address

  • Copy of M/WBE certification (if applicable)

  • List of work in progress and corresponding backlog

  • Resumes of key personnel

  • Statement from surety (not agent) advising of aggregate and per project bonding capacity

  • Three years of financial statements and corresponding notes prepared by a third party*. The most recent statement should represent a period ending within the last 6 months.

  • A letter from your insurance company or agent indicating your EMR history for the last 3 policy years

  • OSHA 300A report for each of the last 3 calendar years

  • Sample certificate of insurance evidencing your current coverage and limits

  • Completed Trade Specific Questionnaire located on this website