When to use an RFQ or RFP

Download: Full Paper Having been in the architectural field for 25+ years, Architect, Steve Davis has had the opportunity to respond to several RFQs (Request for Qualifications) and RFPs (Request for Proposals). Often, there seems to be confusion about which one to use. This article will help you clarify when to use an RFQ or RFP.

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RFQ (Request for Qualifications)

  • Qualifications-based selection process
  • NOT a bid
  • For professional services where a city or county is not required to take competitive bids
  • Allows you to select who you feel is the most qualified for your project
  • Negotiate a fee with your final selection. If you cannot come to terms, you always have the option to go to your second or third choice
  • Use to solicit for various professional services including architectural, engineering, and construction management agency

RFP (Request for Proposal)

  • Request for firms to submit their proposal for a project
  • For goods or services where a city or county is required to take competitive bids resulting in a final product/building
  • Allows you to select the most qualified company at the best price for your project
  • More than a price request
  • Use to solicit construction services including general contractor, design-builder, and construction management at-risk
Meet Steve Davis, AIA
Architect, Steve Davis
Justice Design

Visit with Steve at Missouri Sheriff's Association Training Conference

Sunday, August 2, 2015
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Hilton Branson Convention Ctr
200 E. Main Street
Branson, Missouri
Being a 6-foot-6-inch tall Architect means I usually stand out in a crowd. I like engaging with people, hearing about their backgrounds, likes and dislikes, and finding things in common. It’s one of the best perks of my 25+ year career. During that time, I’ve learned that a majority of my clients, especially at the municipal or county level, have never done a building project before. They frequently understand they have a need, but have no idea of the process or how to begin. This can be an intimidating and daunting task, and I really enjoy being able to come along side and help.

I’ve liked walking clients through the process, have helped with needs assessments, facility evaluations, and site selection; and have lead numerous successful public awareness campaigns for funding votes.

Helping my clients ask the right questions, find the right solutions, and work through their first building project is very exciting. I listen to my clients, work hard to look out for their best interest, and see that they get what they expected. In the process we build consensus, often between parties with competing interests, so there’s buy-in by everyone in the end. It’s important to me to always be honest, even if I don’t always tell them what they want to hear, and I find most people respect that. My clients can trust in me that I will bring my experience while understanding that ultimately this is their project, and I am not here to “push” my ideas on them.

My focus on justice design has given me experience with dozens of justice projects in ten different states including a multitude of projects types (courts, municipal and county law enforcement centers, and adult and juvenile detention facilities). Projects have been as small as a two-bed jail remodel to complete justice centers, including multiple courtrooms, court support, jail and sheriff’s office. Big or small, I take pleasure in helping my clients realize their goals.
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