For major repair and alteration and/or preservation projects, the lead designer may be a
team that, beyond a design architect, could include a preservation architect, interior
designer, and/or engineer. In any case where the lead designer is a team, the team's lead
designers as a group should be evaluated as the lead designer.
L O C AT I O N -- R E G I O N A L H E A D Q U A R T E R S V. O N - S I T E E V A L U A T I O N S
Po rtfolios should be evaluated in no more than two days for new construction and no
m o re than three days for modernization or preservation projects where, in the latter
case, the first day is spent touring the existing building and site. The portfolios for new
construction are evaluated in the regional headquarters. Po rtfolios for modernization
and preservation projects may be evaluated in a GSA facility at or near the project site.
C R I T E R I A A N D T H E S TA G E I E V A L U A T I O N
Scoring must be based on the following criteria and percentage weighting:
Design Firm: Past Design Performance (35%)
Study portfolio narra t i ves describing architectural and engineering challenges and
their design solutions. Confirm that the solutions documented really address and meet
the challenges. Look for projects that demonstrate creativity, indicate a clear design
a p p roach, and fit easily in their context. Review any copies of certificates, awards,
evidence of peer recognition, etc. for applicability.
Philosophy and Design Intent (25%)
This statement from the lead designer should be characterized by clarity, standard gra m-
mar, and the absence of clichs and jargon. Re v i e wers should ascertain the origin of the
statement whether it came from the designer or from his or her marketing department.
They should ask themselves whether the statement demonstrates an understanding of