What is  QBS?

Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) is an objective and fair  process used by owners to select architects, engineers and land surveyors based on the design professionals'  qualifications in relation to the project.

Selecting  design professionals  is one of the keys to a successful project. The design will determine the  construction costs, financial and functional feasibility as well as the operation and maintenance costs  during the life of the project.

The  Connecticut QBS Council offers  assistance to the public in implementing a QBS program.  We provide  helpful guides and forms as well as the services of a  knowledgeable facilitator at no  cost to the owner. The Council  will not participate in the actual selection of design professionals or  recommend firms for consideration.

QBS has been required by law for all federal projects since 1972. In  Connecticut, state law requires that the  Department of Public Works and the Department of Transportation use QBS. Numerous other state and local agencies use QBS because it works. In addition,  the QBS process is endorsed by the American Public Works Association and included in the American Bar Association's Model  Procurement Code for State and Local  Governments.

Why Use QBS?

1. Save Time and Money
Save time developing scope and overseeing project
Save cost of adding to scope

2. Develop Detailed Scope
Establish priorities
Define responsibilities for owner and design professionals

3. Retain Project Control
Design professionals are part of your team
Mutual interest in solving problems

4. Study Alternate Solutions
Opportunity for life-cycle evaluation
Avoid over design

5. Avoid Disputes
Well defined scope understood by all
Complete documents prevent disputes during construction

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