Evaluation of design-builder qualifications through the analysis of Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)

Xia, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, & Zuo, Jian (2012) Evaluation of design-builder qualifications through the analysis of Requests for Qualifications (RFQs). Journal of Management in Engineering, 28(3), pp. 348-351.

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The two-phrase best-value process has been widely used by public agencies for Design and Build (DB) procurement, with a key issue in the first phase of pre-qualification being the determination of evaluation criteria. This study identified a set of general qualification criteria for design-builders and compares their relative importance by a thorough content analysis of 97 Requests for Qualification (RFQ) for public DB projects advertised between 2000 and 2011 in various regions of the USA. The thirty-nine qualification criteria found are summarized and classified into eight categories comprising: experience; project understanding and approach; organizational structure and capacity; past performance record; professional qualifications; responsiveness to RFQs, office location and familiarity with local environment; and legal status in descending order of their relative importance.

A comparative analysis of different types of projects shows that the relative weightings of the qualification criteria vary according to different characteristics of the DB projects involved.

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ID Code: 48624
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design/Build, content analysis, request for qualification
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000095
ISSN: 1943-5479
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
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: 14 Feb 2012 22:57
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 11:06

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