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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
Susan Hines
Managing Director, Public Relations
Institute Releases Best Practices Related to Procurement Strategies

Qualifications Based Selection and Best Value Selection outlined

As owners from both the public and private sector struggle to balance quality with budget issues, they increasingly understand that procurement strategy can affect both price and quality outcomes. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) serves as a resource for owners seeking an understanding of best practices related to design-build procurement generally and qualifications-based selection (QBS) and best value selection (BVS) in particular. In response to demand, DBIA has released position statements that clarify to owners as well as industry the features and value of each selection method.

Qualification Based Selection underscores the time- and cost-savings this method offers owners and practitioners and outlines the advantages all team members derive from early engagement of the design-builder in developing project program, scope, budget and schedule. While DBIA understands that QBS is off-limits to many public agencies, this is changing at both the state and local level. A recent North Carolina law, for example, allows Davidson County to use QBS for up to five projects to be procured over the next several years.

Principles of Best Value Selection emphasizes that even in this two-phase process, qualifications should continue to be the dominant factor in selection. In addition to highlighting the role of qualifications in BVS, the statement affirms the importance of clarity and fairness throughout the RFQ/RFP process and underscores the need for owners to openly communicate their project goals, selection criteria and evaluation process in order to attract the best design-build teams. In addition to shortlisting no more than three finalists for the RFP phase, the position statement encourages limiting the complexity of required deliverables to those necessary for proper evaluation of proposers’ designs. All of these best-practices serve to strengthen the competitive field by providing owners with truly responsive proposals while mitigating the burden borne by industry.

“Procurement officials have long recognized that past performance is the best indicator of future success,” said DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington, CAE. “Whether using QBS or BVS, design-build project delivery provides owners with the opportunity to assess the qualifications of both design and construction professionals early on and they should take full advantage of that fact when determining the right team for their project.”

To download the full position statements, visit
Established in 1993, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. Learn more about design-build, and DBIA’s certification and other programs at