New research finds benefits to hiring architectural services based on qualifications

Government agencies gain by evaluating beyond price, according to a new Dodge survey of government officials. 

April 08, 2019 |
New research finds benefits to hiring architectural services based on qualifications

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A new study shows benefits to government agencies when using qualifications-based selection (QBS) for design services.

A Dodge Data & Analytics survey of government clients found that a majority found a few significant benefits. More than half of the respondents were satisfied with the following when using a QBS method for design services:
· Being able to start work without a fully defined scope
· Dealing effectively with complex projects
· Effectively handling a challenging site or other unusually restrictive conditions
· Amount of constructability issues in the documents
· Amount of requests for information generated about documents
· Amount of rework that is generated due to design issues

By contrast, less than 20% of respondents who used a fee-based system were satisfied with their design firm’s performance on the matters listed above.

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