RFQ vs. RFP 1.0

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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.


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
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My focus on justice design has given me experience with dozens of justice projects in 10 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, jails and sheriff's offices. Big or small, I just enjoy helping my clients realize their goals.

Steve Davis

Licensed Architect