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Government's review of the contractor's design. The extent of criteria in the RFP can range
from little to full project definition. The Management Team will determine the level of criteria
necessary in the RFP. The Team should consider all the information available about the
project and then determine the minimum criteria necessary to obtain a firm fixed-price contract
which meets the Government's design intent and achieves the desired quality end-product.
b. An RFP can be prepared using one of three levels of criteria discussed below. The
resulting offeror's proposal shall respond to the level of criteria established in the RFP.
Appendices A through H are attached and provide examples of what may be required in the
RFP and the offeror's proposal. The Management Team will determine among these three
levels what is appropriate for the specific project. Or, a particular project may have some
aspects of all three levels of criteria depending upon the specific requirements of the various
technical areas, disciplines, and features. For example, the customer may want a specific
layout and architectural theme, but solutions for structural, electrical, and mechanical may be
left to the D-B contractor. The goal is to provide a balance between the RFP and the proposal
development which provides the Government and the Design-Build contractor a clear, mutual
understanding of the contractually required end-product. The three levels of criteria with
resulting offeror's proposal are listed below.
(1) Nominal Criteria. Use appendix B plus C to prepare the RFP. Nominal criteria
are typical of many Design-Build projects and essentially represent an almost total
performance specification approach. The Government states the purpose, function, and
characteristics of the project in sufficient detail to delineate and characterize functional
features and the image or visual appearance of the project. For nominal criteria special site,
architectural, structural, and mechanical requirements are identified. Minimum requirements
for mechanical and electrical equipment layouts including provisions for testing, adjusting,
balancing, and commissioning should be specified. Appendix B plus C provides an example of
technical project criteria to be provided by the Government in RFP's. Appendix D provides an
example of an offeror's minimum, required proposal to an RFP with nominal criteria.
An example of the Government's RFP versus offeror's proposal at the nominal criteria level for
structural requirements follows:
Appendix B indicates that the
Design criteria including codes to
Government will provide the following
be used for design, minimum
information in the RFP technical
strengths, and basic design loads.
specifications for structural.
Special structural requirements
including specific load conditions
and deviations from National