Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
Sample Vision Competition Program
Goals: This project shall be designed and built entirely in metric to meet the federal
government's commitment for conversion to metric system as the preferred system of
weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce.
Objectives: Project design shall insure that all drawings and specifications be prepared
using metric units in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Metric Guide for
Federal Construction and the Metric Design Guide PBS-PQ260.
Accountability Questions: By GSA technical staff review, are all the drawings and
specifications prepared using metric units and are they of such completeness and
clarity that the bidding for construction of the building can proceed cost effectively
without major problems? Are the drawings prepared in accordance with the guidelines
set forth in PBS-PQ260?
The building will be located in a historic area of Mobile, in close proximity to other
buildings of historical significance. The new building should respect and enhance the
historic nature of the buildings surrounding the site.
Goals: This project shall be designed and built to respect and represent the architectural
and cultural history of the Mobile area.
Objectives: The new building and site should respect and enhance the historic nature
of the buildings surrounding the site, and most importantly the existing John A. Campbell
Accountability Questions: By GSA staff review, is the building design compatible with
the historical buildings in close proximity to the site? Does the building design respect
and represent both the architectural and cultural history of the Mobile area? Does the
building related well to the existing John A. Campbell courthouse, maintaining its
important stature in the Mobile community?
Goals: This project shall be designed and built to allow for change, reconfiguration, and
adaptation to expansion, new technologies, changes in procedures, and growth.
1. Space flexibility is provided for possible future courtroom and associated court
function expansion by providing floor-to-floor heights, floor loading and column
spacing on "non-court" floors equivalent to designated "court" floors.
2. The design and installation of horizontal and vertical data processing,
telecommunications and other automation systems shall maximize straight
runs and adjacencies to like spaces and end users to enhance space flexibility
Accountability Questions: By GSA staff review, does the building both in layout and
building systems design provide for change and reconfiguration with the minimum of
negative impact and cost?
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