The selected lead designer-A/E team will receive a written request for a cost proposal
from the GSA contracting officer. After the proposal is received, it will be evaluated and
negotiations will be scheduled. In the event that GSA is unable, for any reason, to enter
into an agreement with the selected lead designer-A/E team, GSA reserves the right to
terminate discussion with the lead designer-A/E team without incurring any liability.
GSA will then proceed to negotiate with the second ranked lead designer-A/E team.
6 . 8 Stage III--Vision Competition
A vision competition is held for GSA commissions where having a carefully developed
"vision" for a project adds significant information to the lead designer-A/E team selection
p rocess. Like a charrette, the purpose of a vision competition is to get a sense of design
s t rategies and each lead designer-A/E team's approach to design problems. It is not to
solicit a project design.
In terms of schedule, the vision competition adds 30 to 40 days to the lead designer-
A/E team selection process. It also has important design budget implications as each lead
designer-A/E team is compensated for participating. Project funds must be allocated for
this purpose. The option to convene a vision competition is determined before the project
is first announced in FedBizOpps. It requires significant advance planning and coordination
with the Office of the Chief Architect's Center for Design Excellence and the Arts.
These are critical elements in the vision competition process:
P R O FE S S I O N A L A DV I SO R A N D TH E V I S I O N CO M P E T I T I O N JU RY
The vision competition is sponsored by the Office of the Chief Architect and must be man
aged by a professional advisor in conjunction with, but independent of, the lead designer-
A/E team interviews. The selection of and fee for the services of a professional advisor is