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RFP or RFQ? What Do You Do?

I love it when you talk new projects. I’m delighted when you present new challenges and together we share insights. This is my opportunity to help you determine what needs to be built and how. So, are we right for your next project? And how will you determine that?Money Bag, Currency, Paper Currency.

I’d like to suggest that choosing an engineering and architecture firm is a lot like choosing a new employee.

  • Do the candidate’s qualifications, experiences and personality fit?
  • Can the candidate help you with very specific problems and issues?

That is why I support Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) for procuring our services. QBS guides project owners through the hiring process. Once you have found the right candidate, then financial agreements can be reached and onboarding begins.

3 Reasons QBS Makes Dollars and Sense

Give yourself time with a design team to refine solutions and avoid costly change orders. In 2009, a national study developed for the American Public Works Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies showed QBS projects finished with only three percent construction cost growth versus the industry average of 10 percent.

  • QBS is particularly useful at lowering risk for challenging technical situations or site locations.
  • Design service fees typically represent one percent of a project’s overall cost and determine 99 percent of its life cycle costs.

Increase your satisfaction with a project. Not only can skimping on design time lead to change orders, it can create a situation where contractors don’t provide the best solution.

  • Long-term this can drive up maintenance or replacement costs.
  • For example, a one-size-fits-all pavement solution may not be the best decision. The Federal Highway Administration points out that a small deficit in slab thickness can significantly reduce the service life of a concrete pavement. A one-inch reduction can cut its life by 50 percent.

Take time to ensure your project meets future needs. We know you consider environmental impact. However, many of our clients are now also being asked to ensure a project meets the needs of a wide variety of constituents and economic funding sources.

  • Is there time allowed for a public information campaign, allowing you to meet with constituents to answer questions and explain the realities of the project?
  • Is this a complete project? For instance, if you are working on a street project, have pedestrians, bicyclists, mass transit and automobiles been considered?
  • Has the project been phased? Will the proposed construction contract allow for multiple funding sources if you need them?

It is my mission to provide the most cost-effective solution given your project’s unique circumstances. Beginning that project through the QBS process gives us the opportunity to closely work together, ensuring you have the best solution.

For more information, contact us.