It was interesting listening to the conversation between the contractor and the electrician today. The electrician seemed to be your basic pessimist, or maybe it was just unwillingness to underbid. So he mentioned all possible code upgrades that might be required, which led to an exchange about which county inspector would have this job, because that apparently can make substantial differences in interpretation of the code requirements. Ah, standards...aren't they great?
With luck, I might have all the bids in hand next week, and can then schedule a meeting to go over them all with the architect. And call references for them. And then make a decision!