National Qualifications-Based Selection Awards

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff October 22, 2004

Each year, the American Council of Engineering Companies partners with the National Society of Professional Engineers to sponsor the Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize public and private entities that make exemplary use of the QBS selection process at the state and local levels. QBS is a procedure designed to help owners find the most qualified engineer or architect for their projects

In turn, the QBS Award winners provide examples of how well the process works and help ACEC and NSPE promote the practice in states that are not currently using QBS for the selection of engineering services.

ACEC and NSPE present a grand QBS award each year in each of two categories: non-governmental and governmental sectors.

Non-government entities include private corporations, privately-funded research labs, private utility companies, design professionals, construction contractors, developers and any non-government entity that uses design professional services on a regular basis.

Government entities include states, municipalities, local governments, departments or agencies of government, school districts, university systems, public utility systems, research laboratories (if publicly funded), special purpose districts and the like.

Of course, these lists are not exhaustive.

In addition to the two QBS Awards, the QBS Awards program will designate up to four Merit Award winners, who will be presented a plaque locally at an event coordinated by the PEPP State Chair and the ACEC Member Organization President.

The deadline for nominations for the 2004-2005 QBS Awards is Friday, December 17, 2004 . For detailed information about QBS, or for a copy of the nomination form, go to .