Is There a Bid for Services in Your Future?

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering--ASCE, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 9, Pg. 40-44

Document Type: Feature article


Selection of architect/engineer firms based on price in addition to qualifications is apparently here to stay. Those in favor of competitive negotiation say that it prevents corruption, brings down the cost to the client and spreads the work among many firms. Others say it contributed to mediocre work and that price proposals are expensive for the engineer to prepare and for the client to administer. Experience of persons on both sides is quoted.

Subject Headings: Bids | Pricing | Client relationships | Architect/Engineers | Negotiation | Political factors

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