Analysis of selection criteria for design-builders through the analysis of Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Xia, Bo, Chan, Albert, Zuo, Jian, & Molenaar, Keith (2012) Analysis of selection criteria for design-builders through the analysis of Request for Proposals (RFPs). Journal of Management in Engineering, 29(1), pp. 19-24.

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Selecting an appropriate design-builder is critical to the success of DB projects. The objective of this study is to identify selection criteria for design-builders and compare their relative importance by means of a robust content analysis of 94 Request For Proposals (RFPs) for public DB projects. These DB projects had an aggregate contract value of over US$3.5 billion and were advertised between 2000 and 2010. This study summarized twenty-six selection criteria and classified into ten categories, i.e.: price, experience, technical approach, management approach, qualification, schedule, past performance, financial capability, responsiveness to the RFP, and legal status in descending order of their relative importance. The results showed that even though price still remains as the most important selection category, its relative importance declines significantly in the last decade. The categories of qualification, experience, past performance, by contrast, have been becoming more important to DB owners for selecting design-builders. Finally, it is found that the importance weighting of price in large projects is significantly higher than that in small projects. This study provides a useful reference for owners in selecting their preferred design-builders.

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ID Code: 48620
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: design-build, content analysis, request for proposal, selection criteria
ISSN: 0742-597X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2012 00:59
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 22:39

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