The RFP and the Next NGA West Design-Build Process

A Request for Proposal is a key document in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers design-build solicitation bidding process for Next NGA West.

Generally, a Request for Proposal describes the Government’s requirements to prospective contractors in order to solicit proposals from them. The includes anticipated terms and conditions that will apply to the contract; information required to be in the offeror’s proposal; and factors and significant sub-factors that will be used to evaluate the proposal and their relative importance. Interested design, engineering, and construction contractors use the information provided in the to develop and submit their own detailed proposals to be considered and evaluated by the Government.

Design-Build contracting is a procurement method that is used to deliver a completely designed and constructed project from one contractor, under a single contract. The selected contractor is responsible for both designing and constructing the project. This method of contracting encourages industry collaboration and innovation. Another key benefit of this method is that there is one contract with one contractor, resulting in one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion – thereby integrating the roles of designer and constructor.

The process that uses to select the winning contractor is a two-phase process. The two-phase selection procedure increases the initial competition by reducing the proposal costs and level of effort for all proposing contractors in phase one. It also increases the odds of a phase one selected contractor to win the competition in phase 2, which further incentivizes contractors to submit superior technical and price proposals.

In phase one, offerors submit (relatively inexpensively) information related to specialized experience, technical competence, capability to perform, past performance, teaming arrangements or other information as requested. Based on this information, the source selection authority selects and invites a limited number of the most qualified offerors (usually three to five) to provide detailed price and technical proposals for evaluation during the second phase. The offerors advancing to the second phase have much more favorable odds of winning the competition and are therefore incentivized to submit superior technical and price proposals.

Phase two requires the selected successful phase one contractors to prepare and submit detailed technical, design solutions, and a price to compete for the contract award. All submitted proposals and concepts are kept secret during the selection process to ensure competition fairness. Only the selected winning design solution will be publicly released after award of the contract is announced. and are currently in the phase one of the two phase process, and are selecting a maximum of three successful proposals to participate in phase two.