The concept of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) is not complicated; it is quite simple. This concept is that the firm selected to design a project (or portion of a project) should be the firm that is most qualified to perform the design services. However, this simple concept that qualifications are of prime importance, is occasionally replaced by the idea that hiring the “low bidder” guarantees savings. This usually is far from the truth.
Paul S. Chinowsky, PhD; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and
Gordon A. Kingsley, PhD; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
The Brooks Act
Public Law 92-582
92nd Congress, H.R. 12807
October 27, 1972
Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 24-30-1401 et. seq.
QBS Award Winners
Colorado State Award Winners
1999: Cherry Creek School District
2000: Jefferson County School District (also the National Award Winner)
2001: Town of Castle Rock
2004: Weld County
2007: Aurora Water (also the National Award Runner-up)
2008: Fort Collins Utilities
2009: City of Fountain Utilities
2010: Peter Marxhausen
2011: Larry Friedberg, AIA (Colorado State Architect)
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