The word ‘formal’ as used here refers to a competitive solicitation process on the basis of most highly qualified for A/E Services that meets and involves the criteria of the contemplated A/E Services and set forth for competitive solicitations in RCW 36.32.235(1) and RCW Chapter 39.80, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
Without regard to the anticipated total dollar value of the contemplated design project (RCW Chapter 39.80 specifies no dollar value threshold whatsoever); and
Is advertisement for at least 13 days prior to the competitive solicitation due date (or RFQ Opening); and
Requires that all responses/submittals are sealed and properly identified and addressed in an opaque package or envelope; and
The competitive solicitation submittals may be subject to being publicly opened and read aloud on the appointed day and time (RFQ Opening); and
The competitive RFQ solicitation is subject to the provisions, terms, and conditions, contained or referenced in the particular competitive solicitation RFQ document for the contemplated design project or intended eligibility list(s) / on-call roster(s).
The criteria listed here is subject to change in the event that the Washington State Legislature amends RCW 36.32.235, RCW Chapter 39.80 or any other relevant and pertinent laws.