Architectural and Engineering Services

Section 602(b)(14) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act requires competitive procurement of architectural and engineering (A/E) services through a qualifications-based selection (QBS) process. This requirement applies to contracts for program management, construction management, feasibility studies, preliminary engineering, design, engineering, surveying, mapping, or other engineering-related services.

To help borrowers meet the requirement, GEFA developed templates with instructions (linked below) that outline the essential elements and steps of a QBS procedure and how it can be performed.

Effective January 1, 2021, all borrowers of GEFA’s federal and state loan programs must follow a QBS process to competitively procure their A/E services for a project to be eligible for financing.

  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) – The 2021 SRF capitalization grant solicitation begins September 1, 2020. Borrowers submitting project pre-applications on or after September 1, 2020, must have competitively procured their A/E services to be eligible for funding.
  • Georgia Fund and Georgia Reservoir Fund – Borrowers submitting loan applications on or after January 1, 2021, must have competitively procured their A/E services to be eligible for funding.

For additional information, please email GEFA at waterresources@gefa.ga.gov.