Additions are more complex as they may re q u i re a blend of new work, preservation, and
re n ovation. The FedBizOpps announcement must accurately outline this mix.
Modernizations are the most challenging. The description must distinguish and suggest
the balance among between architectural work, preservation, interior design, and
systems upgrades. Unless a project is overwhelmingly an engineering effort, it must be
made clear that the architect is to be responsible for project management and oversight,
e ven if architectural design is a smaller part of the scope of work.
The accuracy of these descriptions is critical as they are used by professionals to identify
the appropriate lead designer and A/E team members. They also help the Office of the
Chief Architect Center for Design Excellence and the Arts select the most qualified peers
for the lead designer-A/E team selection process and concept development peer reviews.
5 . 3 Select the Appropriate Design Excellence Process
In consultation with the Office of the Chief Architect, regions must select one of three
A/E selection processes:
Two-Stage--Po rtfolio evaluations followed by Stage II submissions and lead designer-
A/E team interviews--This is the norm, the most common process. It can be used for new
construction, modernization, and preservation projects. The portfolio in Stage I provides
an ove rview of the lead designer's and design firm's philosophy and design approach,
while the submissions and interviews in Stage II give the A/E Evaluation Board information
on the design teams, how they are organized, how they work with clients, and the lead
designer's priorities and strategies for addressing the project.