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  1. Go online and find information on companies or agencies for the following: two design firms (any field of Engineering, or Architectural) and two construction companies. State the firms you selected. Compare and contrast how these firms present their services and prices to their potential customers or clients.
    1. Can you distinguish from the information available what part of the Project Delivery cycle they can be of service or provide services in?
    2. Can you determine / do they identify the types of contract structures they engage in? Do they distinguish between one contract and two contract structures?
  2. Of the three primary phases most Engineering, Architectural and Construction professionals spend their career in Planning, Design, or Construction. Describe what role you like to have in each project phases. Select one phase you think you would most like to work in and explain why. 
  3. In both the single and two contract structures, the design professional ultimately works for the owner.  However the nature of the design professional’s role may differ significantly in each structure. 
    1. Compare and contrast the design professional’s relationships with builder and owner in each structure.
    2. As a design professional what structure do you believe is more suitable for your profession?
  4. Read the City of El Monte “Lambert Park Phase 2” (CIP No. 819) RFP (You only need to read the RFP and view Attachment “A”. You do not need to read the Sample Contract for this lesson):
    1. Explain the purpose of this document. Be specific.
    2. What phases of the Project Delivery Cycle would the services being requested be provided under? Explain and cite the specific section(s) that support your answer.
    3. Would this project be a one-contract or two-contract structure project? Can you determine from the reading the RFP? Explain and cite the specific section(s) that support your answer and explain.
    4. What selection process will be used to determine the winning firm? Cite the information/reason why. For this project do you believe this is the correct selection process or do you believe one of the other processes would be better for this project? Explain your reasons.
  5. Devise a rating system you believe would be an fair and impartial methodology to review and evaluate/rate proposals and qualifications. In your system, you must consider proposals can be on a cost basis (low bid), cost and qualification based (Best Value), or qualification based (QBS).
  6. Regarding the three selection processes (Low Bid, Best Value, QBS)
    1. State the advantages and disadvantages of each.
    2. In your opinion, state which selection process best serves the owners needs and why.
  7. Read the Glandale-Burbank Streetcar RFP.
    1. Explain the purpose of this document. Be specific.
    2. What phases of the Project Delivery Cycle would the services being requested be provided under? Explain and cite the specific section(s) that support your answer.
    3. Would this project be a one-contract or two-contract structure project? Can you determine from the reading the RFP? Explain and cite the specific section(s) that support your answer and explain.
    4. What selection process will be used to determine the winning firm? Cite the information/reason why. For this project do you believe this is the correct selection process or do you believe one of the other processes would be better for this project? Explain your reasons.
  8. You work for a local water agency that will be replacing significant portions of its potable water and reclaimed water system over the next 20 years. The agency wants to ensure that the new system is designed and constructed to minimize long-term maintenance and repair costs and reduce the total cost of ownership. What project delivery method would you recommend and why?
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