The Non-Competitive Specification

cropped-imagesCAF3HGDZ.jpgIt is a common practice among specifying engineers to base their designs on a specific manufacturer’s product.  This assures that the equipment proposed for the project exists, allows for dialogue between the engineer and the manufacturer, and establishes a base-line in the contract documents.  It is also common practice to list, in the specification, at least two other acceptable manufacturers provided that they can meet the basic intent of the specifications.  The purpose of naming alternate manufacturers is two-fold.  First, it identifies other manufacturers whose manufacturing quality meets the general expectation of the engineer and the owner.  Second, it involves other manufacturers in the pricing and/or bidding process in order to encourage competition for the owner.  Continue reading