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The Facilities Design and Construction Division is composed of three branches:

This branch awards contracts for design-build projects and for the construction phase of design-bid-build projects. Firms must be pre-qualified for certain projects due to security requirements. Pre-qualification criteria are listed in the FedBizOpps announcements and generally include financial capability and experience with projects of similar size, scope and complexity. Smaller design-build and general construction projects IDIQs are issued for roof, mechanical, electrical, and security installations. These contracts may be Small Business, 8(a), or other set-asides.

For many future projects, the delivery method will be Design-Build Projects; however, design firms may be needed for Design-Bid-Build Projects.

Qualification-based selection is done in accordance with the Brooks A-E Act. Selection boards include a Pre-Selection Board, Architectural Advisory Board, and an Architectural-Engineering Council. The Source Selection Official is generally the Director of Overseas Buildings Operations. Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts may be utilized for design projects under $15 million.

  • Include general architectural/engineering services, residential design services, telecommunication services, roofing services, cost estimating services, and construction management support services.
  • A wide variety of specialized engineering services including: mechanical engineering services, electrical engineering services, seismic engineering services, environmental engineering, value engineering services, elevator engineering services and fire protection engineering services.
  • Development of preliminary designs (bridging documents).
  • Several of these were set aside for small business and the 8(a) program
  • Major Support Branch
    Acquires services and supplies, other than A-E and Construction, to support OBO. Although most construction materials are purchased by the general contractor, fire protection equipment, security doors, X-ray machines, electrical power equipment and other items are purchased by this branch for OBO. Service contracts include real estate services, pest control services, technical security, environmental, security, fire protection, furniture and furnishing installation, facility maintenance, construction security, and art insurance.


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