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Best Value Procurement

Best Value Procurement

BV is a procurement process where price and other key factors can be considered in the evaluation and selection process to minimize impacts and enhance the long-term performance and value of construction.

Other key factors/criteria to consider may include:

  • Quality performance
  • On-budget performance
  • Ability to minimize change orders
  • Ability to prepare plans
  • Technical capacity and qualifications

Although BV is another tool to address tighter project deadlines and increasing pressure to deliver high-quality projects at a lower cost, it should not be used as a method of restricting competition or applying arbitrary or unreasonable discretion in the selection of contractors. When determining the criteria that your stakeholders feel are most critical to a successful project, keep in mind that the BV process chosen must be justifiable and defensible.

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