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Value, Benefits, and Limitations of Qualifications-Based Selection for Airport Project Delivery A Synthesis of Airport Practice Douglas D. Gransberg GransberG & associates, inc. Norman, OK Ali Touran northeastern University Boston, MA 2019 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 102
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 102 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Gail R. Staba, Senior Program Officer Demisha Williams, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Easterwood Airport Management, College Station, TX (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Montana DOT, Helena, MT (retired) Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation, LLC, Melbourne, FL Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA David N. Edwards, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport District, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO Patrick W. Magnotta, FAA Liaison Matthew J. Griffin, Airports Consultants Council Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S01-18 PANEL Lawrence C. Bowron, City of Battle Creek/W.K. Kellogg Airport, Battle Creek, MI Jon Faucher, Mead & Hunt, Windsor, CA Michael Kenig, Holder Construction Company, Atlanta, GA Tamera L. McCuen, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Susan Winslow, Tela Vuota, PLLC, Richmond, VA Michael Witiw, HDR Inc., Omaha, NE Susan J. H. Zellers, Hanson Professional Services Inc., Indianapolis, IN Mike Rottinghaus, FAA Liaison T. J. Schulz, Airport Consultants Council Liaison
ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Gail R. Staba Staff Officer Transportation Research Board The objective of the synthesis was to describe practice with respect to the use of qualifications- based selection (QBS) to award construction projects at airports. The use of QBS for professional services contracts for engineering and design is well understood within the aviation industry, so this work focused on construction. The research identified a few instances of construction-only contracts awarded with QBS at airports, but these instances were associated with small projects and emergency work. Thus, the first conclusion reached is that QBS award of construction contracts by public air- port agencies is limited and does not represent a well-established practice. Data on the use of alternative contracting methods such as designâbuild (DB), construction manager-at-risk (CMR), and publicâprivate partnerships (PPP) all include the evaluation of quali- fications and past performance as part of the procurement process that leads to the final award decision. In fact, progressive DB (PDB) and CMR are routinely awarded on a QBS-only basis with the airport negotiating the final construction price, schedule, and risk allocation after the contract is executed. Additionally, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts (also called job order contracts, on-call contracts, or master contracts), in which contractor qualifications and past performance constitute the major decision criteria, are regularly awarded. The conclusion can be reached that data collection verified that there is experience at airports in awarding CMR, PDB, and IDIQ contracts that contain some qualifications-based selection of construction contractors. It can also be concluded that the use of QBS selection that does not consider pricing information that may have been submitted during procurement is a well-accepted practice within the aviation industry. Information used in this study was acquired through a comprehensive review of the literature, a content analysis of solicitation documents that included a QBS component, survey responses from 26 airports, and interviews with knowledgeable practitioners at six airports.
Douglas D. Gransberg of Gransberg & Associates, Inc., in Norman, Oklahoma, and Ali Touran at Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immedi- ately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.
Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. 1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction to Qualifications-Based Selection 6 Synthesis Objective 6 Definitions of Key Terms 9 Methodological Approach 11 Organization of the Report 12 Chapter 2 Overview of Qualifications-Based Selection 12 Procurement Methods in Federally Funded Airport Projects 15 Qualifications-Based Selection Factors 18 Overview Summary 22 Chapter 3 Current Qualifications-Based Selection Practices in Airport Project Delivery 22 Airport Survey Results 32 State-of-the-Practice Summary 34 Chapter 4 Case Examples of Qualifications-Based Selection Projects 34 Airport Project Delivery Policies 37 Why Is QBS Used? 37 Summary of Consensus 39 Chapter 5 Conclusions and Gaps in the Body of Knowledge 39 Conclusions 40 QBS Evaluation Criteria 40 Knowledge Gaps 41 References 44 Glossary 47 Acronyms and Abbreviations 49 Appendix A Project Delivery Method Primer 56 Appendix B Overview of Airport Funding 58 Appendix C Survey Questionnaire and Results 70 Appendix D Examples of QBS Documents C O N T E N T S