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f. Design-Build contractors are contractors experienced in combination design and
construction projects from inception until final completion and the fast-track approach. Design-
Build contractors are responsible for the quality of design and the quality of construction for the
g. Offerors are Design-Build contractors responding to the RFP with proposals.
h. A proposal is the official response from an offeror to the RFP. The proposal from the
successful offeror will compliment the RFP, and both the RFP and proposal will become the
official contract requirements.
i. Designers of Record are members of the contractor's Design-Build team. Team
members check, approve, sign, date, and certify, prior to submitting the proposal to the
Government, that the contractor's D-B design submittals comply with the contract
requirements. There should be a designer of record for each area of work that requires
1-4. DESIGN CRITERIA PROFESSIONAL TEAM. When the D-B contracting process is
considered as the procurement method, a Design Criteria Professional Team will be formed.
This Team will develop the technical requirements of the RFP, evaluate the technical
proposals, review the Design-Build contractor's design, and monitor the project throughout the
construction stages of the project. The Design Criteria Professionals are key members of the
Management Team and work closely with the Management Team to develop a corporate
approach to the Design-Build acquisition process. The Design Criteria Professionals will
assume the lead in preparing the technical requirements of the RFP within their own technical
area of expertise and will remain an integral part of the Management Team from project
inception to proposal evaluation to project completion. Along with the Management Team,
they also are responsible for ensuring that a quality end-product meets or exceeds the
requirements and expectations of the customer and that all essential and mandatory
requirements are incorporated into the final constructed facility. The Design Criteria
Professional Team may include non-Government organizations, such as A-E firms, that
develop RFP's, but non-Government personnel will not participate on evaluation boards except
as nonvoting advisors to Government personnel or as stated in FAR 15.413-2(f).
1-5. PROJECT CRITERIA APPROACH. Maintaining flexibility and innovation in design (and
cost) solutions are important considerations when making decisions on the amount and type of
technical criteria necessary in Design-Build projects. Design Criteria Professionals should
include only as much criteria as necessary to ensure that essential and mandatory technical
criteria will be met. The emphasis should be on performance criteria, in lieu of prescriptive
criteria, to the extent practicable.
a. A project criteria approach is a strategic level assessment by the Management Team
of how the project criteria should be developed to satisfy the project conditions and
requirements. The selected approach will vary from project to project and will depend on how
much control the Government must exercise over the design and how much latitude the
Government intends to allow offerors in generating design solutions. The approach
determines the level of criteria required in the RFP and the level of effort necessary in
preparing the RFP. The approach also affects the proposal, the design after award, and the