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(4) Specification Criteria. In this part, any general specification as well as specific
specification criteria must be given to the offeror. It consists of outline specifications,
narratives, or when appropriate, complete specifications.
(5) Design after Award. This part must clearly describe to the offeror what will be
expected as a complete final design after an award of the contract. It must specifically
describe or define what will be minimally acceptable to the Government as a final design. As a
minimum, the final design should consist of detailed drawings, project descriptions, and quality
and performance requirements.
(6) Review Process. This part must clearly convey to the offeror the number of
design submittals that the D-B contractor must make. It must also delineate between those
submittals to be reviewed only and those to be reviewed and approved by the Government.
This will define the responsibilities of the D-B contractor and the responsibilities of the
(7) Construction. This part must convey to the D-B contractor when design stops
and construction may begin for any particular phase of the project. It will explain all
construction requirements such as drawing submittal requirements, quality control, network
analysis, and any other items required during construction.
b. Appendix A provides a recommended table of contents for a typical RFP and
describes the location of major sections in the RFP. Design-Build projects accomplished with
non-appropriated funds (NAF) will use a different format. For NAF projects use the format
recommended by the NAF program. NOTE: NAF facilities are Federal facilities by definition
and will require compliance with all Federal laws and mandates.
c. It is important to note that if the level of quality of an item is not clearly defined or
otherwise required in the RFP technical specifications, the D-B contractor is not obligated to
provide a Government preference. The Design-Build contractor's only responsibility is to
comply with the RFP minimum requirements and the accepted proposal.
d. If the RFP requires D-B contractors to provide facilities in accordance with codes,
standards, and specifications familiar to the contractor, Government reviewers must become
familiar with the local codes, standards, and specifications. However, these local codes,
standards, and specifications should be used only when they are acceptable for design of
Corps of Engineers' projects. There are certain Federal requirements that are established by
executive orders, public laws, local requirements, and other directives that are not contained in
the potential D-B contractors' codes, standards, and specifications. In those cases, local
codes must be revised as necessary to include all Federal requirements.
e. Almost all nationally recognized and industry accepted standards may be used for D-
B projects. The Construction Criteria Base (CCB) distributed by the National Institute of
Building Sciences (NIBS) provides an index of commercial specifications and standards
referenced in Corps of Engineers' projects as well as most industry and Government
standards. Industry standards, trade and manufacturing associations provide reference for
establishing performance standards. The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Manual of
Practice suggests a list of attributes to consider when specifying building systems, equipment,
products, and materials. It also lists tests for determining compliance with each attribute. It is