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One way GSA protects its historic property portfolio is by requiring that only qualified, trained, and experienced vendors perform restoration and maintenance work. To that end, the agency provides means for a vendor to present and demonstrate its overall competency. Two of these documents are available below:
The competency of a Historic Preservation Specialist on Architect/Engineer (A/E) Services Contracts, must be established.
Proof of competency must be offered for all firms interested in establishing themselves as Historic Preservation Specialists on A/E design services contracts for the following specialties:
Restoration Competency Requirements must be included in all contracts for GSA historic buildings. These requirements ensure compliance with federal preservation laws and quality of performance in competitive (lowest bid) projects.
The goal is to ensure that projects requiring specialized skills in the repair, replication, cleaning, restoration, or alteration of historic materials are awarded to the lowest competent bidder, minimize change orders, ensure project completion within established budgets and time frames, and avoid costly damage to ornamental finishes, fixtures, and assemblies.
Download the Restoration Competency Guide [DOCX - 73 KB]
Download the Sample Technical Evaluation Factors [DOC - 160 KB]