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Using the RFP Process to Select the Best Design-Builder for Your Project

Posted by Admin on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 03:32 PM

Mark Alpert Head Shot 262x300This AWWA ACE13 presentation by Mark Alpert will provide participants with a guide to when and how to use the design–build approach for water and wastewater projects.

By Mark Alpert, CH2M HILL’s Senior Vice President for Design-Build

Mark Alpert will present “RFP’s: Selecting the Design-Builder” as part of the Successfully Using Design-Build as a Project Delivery Method for Water Infrastructure Projects session on Monday, June 10 at 3:30 p.m., during the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE 13), in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about CH2M HILL’s ACE 13 2013 participation and technical sessions.

The goal of this session is to provide participants with a guide to when and how to use the design–build approach for water and wastewater projects.   My co-presenters and I will help participants achieve a better understanding of the perspective of an Owner relative to planning, procurement and project implementation through a series of presentations on specific topics. Additionally we will offer an explanation of the variation of the design–build project delivery approach that includes operations and financial services.

My presentation focuses on identifying the key project elements and evaluation and selection criteria to produce an effective RFP that will lead to the selection of the best possible design-builder.  One of the overarching issues is being cognizant of current state and local procurement laws.  Secondly, it is important to decide which procurement vehicle is the optimal choice.  I will describe both Qualifications Based and Best Value procurement processes and the situations that make one or the other appropriate.  I will focus on each element of the RFP, why it is important, and why each element is appropriate for the specific procurement vehicle.

Finally, I will discuss designing an evaluation process and defining specific selection criteria that will lead to selecting a design-builder with the highest probability of achieving an Owner’s project objectives.

Have a few minutes for another read? Check out my blog post “Design-Build: An Alternative Delivery Model Not to be Ignored.”

Mr. Alpert is CH2M HILL’s Senior Vice President for Design-Build and is responsible for developing and furthering the firm’s design-build business in North America. He is responsible for risk management, project development and team formation for all of the firm’s Water Business Group design-build, design-build-operate, and Construction Management at Risk projects in the United States and Canada. He has managed and negotiated design-build and design build operate project scopes, fees and contracts for the delivery of water, wastewater treatment and sludge processing facilities ranging in value from $1 to $250 million

This article has been republished with permission by CH2M Hill. To view the original article, visit CH2M Hill's blog here.

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