This issue focuses on something never out of fashion in the competitive construction marketplace: skillful execution of the work itself. While common to hear in all markets, “That SOB is bidding below costs,” the reality is often considerably different. The rotten competitor may be demonstrating the ability of the low-cost producer to bid profitably at a lower price than the lesser performer. Not all competitors are created equal and even if they were, competitors don’t stay equal for long. Usually, skillful execution and high productivity win the day … and the project.