Below, please find a brief (anonymous) survey designed to help us understand the key factors you (end users/owners) take into consideration when developing a partnership with an architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) firm. We understand that selecting the right firm(s) to help you complete your projects on time and within budget is critical. As a result, this information will be used to help SMPS members more effectively exceed your expectations.

This should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your assistance on this effort. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to provide your contact information if you would like to receive a complimentary copy of the corresponding research report once it's completed.

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* 1. Please select your firm's primary industry (the types of buildings/projects you typically fund and/or construct):

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* 2. Check off the two most important characteristics you consider when determining which A/E/C firms to invite to bid for an upcoming project.

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* 3. Check off the two most important qualifications that influence how you base the final award.

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* 4. Check off the two most important elements of a typical engagement that influence a successful experience.

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* 5. How important is the size of the firm?

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* 6. What are the two most important factors you use to evaluate the project manager's capabilities (for the A/E/C firm you’re working with)?

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* 7. When considering an A/E/C firm, which factors would cause you to eliminate them from consideration?

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* 8. What are the two most frustrating issues you’ve had with working with A/E/C firms in the past?

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* 9. How important is a LEED certification when selecting an A/E/C firm?

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* 10. How important is an ISO certification when selecting an A/E/C firm?

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* 11. How important is an Envision certification when selecting an A/E/C firm?

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* 12. Are there any other certifications you feel are important?

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* 13. What are the two most important resources that help you learn more about the trends shaping your industry?

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* 14. What types of additional services are you looking for in an A/E/C firm in the future?

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* 15. What technologies do you expect A/E/C firms to be proficient at adapting?

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* 16. What do you look for in teaming proposals, e.g. joint ventures, prime firm and subconsultants, etc.

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* 17. How do you/do you ensure objectivity when scoring competing firms in the selection process?

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* 18. What trends do you see shaping the industry in the next five years that could affect the way in which you select A/E/C firms for your projects?

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* 19. List any important details that you hope to see in a cover letter.

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* 20. Thank you for participating. If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of the corresponding research report once it is completed, please provide your contact information.

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