Qualifications–Based Selection (QBS) is a procedure designed to help owners find objectively the most qualified engineer or architect for their projects. QBS Wisconsin can be an invaluable resource to board members, committees and staff when planning for a project. The program also offers assistance to public owners in implementing a QBS process.
The QBS process provides an objective and common-sense approach to selecting the highest qualified professional A/E firm for your project. Design costs add up to only 2% of a project's total costs during the project's lifetime. Make sure it's done right the first time with QBS.
Take advantage of our QBS resources to learn how you can implement QBS on your next project.
- QBS Manual, including overviews, procedures, examples and useful forms
- Why Value Outweighs Cost in the Selection of A/E Services
- Model Procurement Policy
- Brooks Act, Title 40 United States Code, Chapter 10, Subsection V (the federal law that requires QBS on federal projects)
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Guidance
Introduction to QBS video
If you need further assistance, please call us at 608-257-8477 (toll free in Wisconsin) or email AIA director Lisa Kennedy.
“QBS is a proven procurement method that emphasizes quality throughout the evaluation and product selection process. Communities that utilize QBS report their long-term costs are lower because of this emphasis.”
—Jerry Deschane, Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities