Competitive Bidding for A/E Services? Why Not?

by Kenneth C. Giberson, (A.M.ASCE), Project Manager; Raymond Vail and Assoc., Sacramento, Calif.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 45-49

Document Type: Journal Paper


A viable method of competitive bidding for architectural/engineering services is presented. The history of consultant selection procedures is reviewed as well as the controversy that continues today. Various methods of selection are outlined from those that are based on qualifications only to those that are based on price only. The proposed method of competitive bidding is based on a combination of qualifications and price. This method holds the clients interest, and has an economical and complete project as its primary concern.

Subject Headings: Bids | Pricing | Architecture | History | Consulting services | Client relationships | Economic factors

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