Requests for Qualifications
The owner and project team compiles a list of architects and/or design consultants and then sends them a request for qualifications (RFQ). At CCA, we typically send RFQs to at least six firms.
This document provides the designer with the project scope and requirements in narrative form, and the project schedule including milestones. The architect or consultant replies with information about their business, as well as how they would help meet the goals and achieve the project vision. A typical RFQ response includes the following:
How the consultant will approach the project, how many designs or revisions they will provide, and any unique aspects of their firm or design ideas that make them the best choice.
Similar projects they have done, which helps you understand their capabilities.
How many people and what skills they will devote to this project.
- Sub-consultants or subcontractors
Key sub-consultants to be on the lookout for include the ones handling structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection. As with the primary project team, it is important to have a picture of any additional team members who will be working on your project.
Requests for Proposals
To learn more about how an owner’s representative can help with the critical step of selecting a designer for your project, contact us today.