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(13) Participating in the pre-work conference.
(14) Reviewing design after award.
2-3. DESIGN-BUILD REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
a. General. Design-Build projects are normally procured through a one-step Request for
Proposal solicitation; all offerors are screened and evaluated based on one submittal of their
qualifications. Another method that may be used is a two-step RFP solicitation: Step 1
screens all offerors down to 3 or 5 based upon qualifications; price or detailed technical
proposals are not reviewed. Step 2 includes awards based upon proposal evaluation for price
versus technical tradeoff analysis. An RFP for a D-B contract should state proposal
submission requirements, project requirements, criteria, and evaluation factors. The RFP
should provide the framework and requirements necessary for offerors to submit proposals.
The major parts of an RFP include:
Instructions to Proposers
Solicitation/Contract Form 1442
Special Contract Requirements
Proposal Submission Requirements
Evaluation Factors for Award
Design after Award
Many of the standard construction contract items such as contract clauses, special contract
requirements, and contract forms do not differ greatly from a conventional invitation for bid
package. A major difference between conventional and design-build is in the technical and
evaluation parts of the RFP. These include the Proposal Submission Requirements,
Evaluation Factors for Award, Design Criteria, Specification Criteria, Design after Award,
Review Process, and Construction. The information in these parts is prepared by the Corps of
Engineers' Design Criteria Professionals. Each part is discussed below.
Unless a single design solution is requested in the RFP, the Government is soliciting a variety
of designs. Each new project must have a Project Criteria Approach based upon what
information is available, how much latitude is to be allowed to the offeror, and how much
control the Government will exercise over the design and construction methods. All the
technical evaluation areas of the RFP must adhere to this Project Criteria Approach and
support or reinforce each other.
(1) Proposal Submission Requirements. This part must reflect the evaluation factors
and agree with the Project Criteria Approach. Design Criteria Professionals must convey in the
RFP the required data format, extent of design required by discipline and facility feature, and