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Competency Specification for Preservation Construction Contractors

GSA Administrative Guide for Placing Competency of Bidder Clauses in Construction Contracts

Competency of Bidder Clauses must be included in all contracts for General Services Administration historic buildings. The intent of this clause is to ensure compliance with federal preservation laws and standards and to ensure 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, to minimize change orders, ensure project completion within established budgets and time frames, and to avoid costly damage to ornamental finishes, fixtures, and assemblies.  The clause is available in the historic preservation library as a downloadable Word document.

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