Competition Management Services

The development of facilities utilizing competition management, design-build with design competition management methodologies has dramatically increased.

SFDC has completed the facility program, performance specification and competitive proposal system resulting in the development of 18 design-build projects. Each project requires a Building Performance Specification — a statement of required results with criteria for verifying compliance — but without significant limitations on the methods for achieving those results, a facility program, design criteria, possibly an appropriate level of bridging documents, and RFQ and RFP procurement documents to be developed.

More and more public agencies are sponsoring competitions to select a team of professionals to design-build facilities. The team usually includes an architect, a contractor and sometimes a developer or funding source for tax exempt financing. Competitions are also often conducted for private organizations seeking expeditious development and which demand guaranteed cost control without compromising program requirements, functional performance or lasting quality. A similar process can be used to develop and administer a design-build competition without developer or contractor involvement.

These competitions require that the competitors be provided extensive needs assessment, program and design criteria information so all submission requirements can be met. A feasibility study for the project is often undertaken before the start of the competition to evaluate the various options for financing, design, construction and management of the project.

The success of a design-build or competition management depends primarily on having a Request for Qualifications, followed by a Request for Proposal. Complete documentation eliminates confusion and incomplete submissions, and establishes design criteria as a top priority in selecting a submission that is both well designed and economically feasible.

In the implementation of a design-build or competition management project SFDC provides the following services:

Space Needs Assessment • Design Criteria • Performance Specifications • Site Master Plan • Total Project Budget • Competition Administration • RFQ & RFP Preparation for Implementation Team • Professional Advisor • Contract Development & Negotiation • Project Management • Design Compliance Review.

Our Design-Build and Design Competition Management services are usually provided in conjunction with a local team of architects, engineers, and often real estate consultants. We accept engagements where SFDC is either the prime consultant or an integral member of a local team.


Jim Steinmann, Founder and President of Steinmann Facility Development Consultants, has 39 years experience in directing large-scale facility programming, planning and management studies, and providing project management services for public sector and corporate clients throughout the United States.


B.S. Industrial Management, Honors
Minors, Finance, Civil Engineering
Purdue University, 1966


Jim Steinmann's technical participation on consulting assignments includes: program management, strategic planning, forecasting, financial analysis, operations research, design/build and design competition management, architectural programming and space planning. He has provided facility design and management consulting services, which are central to his continuous consulting practice, for over 400 clients.

His professional experience includes facility programming and planning, real estate, and facilities management, development consulting, space planning, and industrial engineering. Jim has assisted 35 corporations develop corporation facilities of between 150,000 and 1,600,000 square feet, providing services ranging from strategic planning to relocation coordination, project management, and site selection.

Jim has directed facility master planning and architectural programming studies for over 60 multi-facility complexes and special use buildings that total over 30 million square feet. Eleven projects were in excess of 1,000,000 square feet each. He has significant expertise in design/build development, design competition management, and space planning for civic centers, corporate offices, data centers, laboratories, government campuses, courts, detention, and law enforcement.

Since 1994, Jim has directed design or design/build competition for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, 15 state, county, and city government buildings and five public schools. He is a leading authority in design/build applications.

Recent projects have included a number of quarter million square foot or larger development projects where Jim directed studies beginning with forecasting requirements, site selection, and the development of a program and performance specification, through administering a design or design/build competition, project management and space planning services for Clark County (Las Vegas), San Joaquin County (California), Denver Civic Center, State of Colorado, the Colorado State Court Center, University of Northern Colorado, Caltrans, and the City of Oakland.

Mr. Steinmann developed civic center master plans for North Las Vegas, Nevada, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Maricopa City, Arizona; and provided project management services for development of a $110 million San Joaquin County Administration Center and the $50 million U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management and Conference Center.

He is currently providing project management assistance to the City of San Diego, California for the 498,000 square foot New Main Library, developing a facilities master plan for Denver Water, and developing a space program and providing project management services for the 911,000 square foot expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

Competition Management Project List

If a project below is Linked Red there are project descriptions and downloads available. Links coming soon…

Number of square feet is shown.

• United States Embassy, Berlin, Germany - 220,000

• United States Federal Courthouse, Cape Girardeau, Missouri - 160,000

• California State Court Center, San Francisco, California - 1,053,000

• Department of Revenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota - 381,500

• Retirement Systems, Saint Paul, Minnesota - 130,000

• Labor & Industries Building, Tumwater Washington - 450,000

• Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Washington - 350,000

• Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, Nevada - 350,000

• San Joaquin Human Services Agency, Stockton, California - 280,000

• San Joaquin County Administration Center, Stockton, California - 240,000

• City and County of Denver Corporation Yard - 280,000

• San Diego – New Central Library, San Diego, California - 498,000

• San Diego Convention Center, Phase II, San Diego, California - 900,000

• San Diego Convention Center, Phase III, San Diego, California - 910,000

• City Administration Building, Oakland, California - 330,000

• UC Davis – Graduate School of Management - 140,000

• UNC – Student Services & Residential Center, Greeley, Colorado - 230,000

• Douglas County Senior & Community Center – 75,000

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