Low-Bid vs. Best Value Implementation of Best Value in Polk County, FL
Implementation: 2006 – Current
On February 18, 2009, Polk County, Florida adopted a resolution authorizing the Procurement Director to make awards based on Best-Value Procurement (BVP) processes. Since introducing BVP into the Polk County procurement procedures, the county has completed numerous BVP-awarded projects that differ in overall cost, design, scope, schedule, and ultimately, vendor selection. BVP has proven itself beneficial in terms of value-added engineering and design (cost-savings), fostering a team approach between all stakeholders, and reducing overall risk to the owner.
Testimonial: “The idea of low-bid brings in the lowest quality workmanship, but with best value it is the opposite; we’re getting a much better product.” - Gary Fries, Director of Utilities.
Projects procured and run using Best Value
Total size of projects
Largest project size
Projects completed below contracted amount (the others are still in progress)