The AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PD) promotes the architect’s leadership role in all project delivery methods by assembling and distributing knowledge and best practices for a variety of project delivery methods, e.g. design-build (DB), integrated project deliveries (IPD), and public-private partnerships (P3).
On February 23rd and 24th the AIA hosted a Federal Design Build Round table to discuss Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) for Design Build projects at national headquarters in Washington DC. The discussion was led by Elizabeth Chu Richter, AIA 2015 President. Present were members of the AIA staff, major federal agencies such as the GSA, NAVFAC, the Coast Guard and the USACE, and members of the Large Firm Round Table. One of the unintended consequences of Design Build procurement is the costs incurred by the design team and the Owner when pursuing a competitive, best value or solution based, or price-influenced design build solicitation. A solution to this may be a qualification based selection process to select both the design and construction team on the merit of their qualifications only in a multi-step process; prequalify a short list, then interview and select the best qualified team, with negotiations to follow the notice of selection. Some of the questions that arose: What are the challenges both legally and practically to pure QBS source selection? What are QBS Best practices? How do we make procurer's of work more comfortable with Design Build solicitation process? How can a QBS process work while assuring the agencies that they are getting competitive proposals? What is the rest of industry discussing with regards to QBS? As we advance our integrated project delivery processes, and with the emergence of virtual design and construction technologies, alternate project delivery strategies will become the rule, rather than the exception. Owners are looking for the best strategies to deliver projects on time and within budget without compromising quality. How can Owners best "buy" their buildings? How best do we address QBS solicitations? How do we address the cost to propose? What are the best practices to identify and select the design-construction best teams to deliver the project? Recently the University of Colorado and Penn State University completed a research project funded by the Charles Pankow Foundation and the Construction Industry Institute titled "Maximizing Success Through Project Integration - An Owners Guide". The findings from the research indicate that the most successful projects demonstrate certain characteristics and employ strategies that enhance team integration and group cohesion. The three most important characteristics of these high performance teams includes: Qualifications based selection, Early Involvement of key Specialty trades, and an open and transparent project cost and schedule management structure. The research also concludes that singular contracts such as Design Build and IPD had a greater success rate than multiple contract delivery methods such as design-bid-build and CM at Risk. ------------------------------------------- Gregory Gidez AIA Director of Design Services Hensel Phelps Greeley CO -------------------------------------------