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RESULTS OF SMACNA TESTING & RESEARCH INSTITUTE RESEARCH EFFORTS WITH THE PERFORMANCE BASED STUDIES RESEARCH GROUP (PBSRG)

December 10, 2001

Objectives: The SMACNA Testing and Research Institute received a grant from SMACNA to sponsor through the University of Arizona a study of a performance based procurement, (now referred to as Performance Based Information System (PBIS). The PBIS was designed to seek a more performance based contract award alternative to the low bid system. Under the grant the deliverables resulted in two reports: the development of performance criteria for evaluations (Attachment A), educational materials and presentations to facility owners, and documentation showing that performing union contractors can bring value to the facility owners and increase market share for performing contractors.

The objectives of the research effort included:

  1. Educate facility owners on the value of performance.
  2. Identify performance of SMACNA contractors.
  3. Identify the areas that SMACNA contractors could increase their performance (as defined by the owners).
  4. Identify new markets by educating facility owners to buy based on performance and price instead of only on low bid.

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