Engineering Frequently Asked Questions
Q What is Engineering Design
A Engineering Design is responsible for the analysis,
design and bidding of all of the City of Mesa's capital
projects, including Utilities, Transportation, Parks &
Recreation and Buildings.
Q Do you use consultants for
design work, and if so, what type of firms?
A We currently use consultants for approximately
80% of the projects we perform. Because of the variety of
project types, we contract directly with Architects, Landscape
Architects, and Civil, Environmental, Structural, Mechanical and
Q How does a firm become
qualified to do work for the City?
A The City doesn't pre-qualify firms or create an
annual register, but we do keep a list of firms that have
expressed interest in working with us. To get on the list
refer to Doing Business with
Q Once a firm is on your list,
how do they get work?
A The City selects consultants in a couple of
different ways, either through direct selection or through a
qualifications based selection. Direct selection is done
when the project is completely locally funded and is under the
fee limits set forth in State Law ($250,000 for Architecture and
Landscape Architecture, $500,000 for Engineering).
Qualifications based selection is done when State or Federal
funding is being used on the project, or when the project is
locally funded but the fee is expected to exceed the limits set
forth in State Law.
Q Do you have special
requirements that firms need to know about?
A The City has a boilerplate
services contract that is non-negotiable. This
contract includes specific insurance requirements that must be
met before a contract can be signed, including an insurance
certification form that must be completed. We advise any
interested firms to review this document thoroughly and verify
that your insurer will complete the required form before you
expend resources pursuing City of Mesa work.
Q How do we get a copy of your
A The City uses Maricopa Association of Governments
(MAG) standards and City of Mesa supplements to MAG. The
Mesa Standard Details and
Specifications are available on our web site, or they can be
purchased at 55 North Center Street in Mesa for a nominal cost.
Our standard plan sheet
formats are also available on our web site under the
Standards and Details heading. Review MAG details or MAG
Uniform Standard Specification and Details for Public Works
Q How does a consultant
know what projects you have coming up in the future?
A There are two sources for that information.
All of the projects we will perform are listed in the City's
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and are available
at the City Clerk's office. Projects that we will be
soliciting statements of qualifications for are listed on our
web site under the heading of
Q How do you notify
interested firms when you are soliciting Statement of
A We advertise our projects in the Saturday Legal
Ads in the East Valley Tribune, and we post the RFQ on our web
page under the
Architectural / Engineering Design Opportunities. The
City does not do direct mass mailings of advertisements.
(Outside Services, such as Integrated Marketing Systems, Dodge
Reports or Reed Construction Data may report information as
well, however, these services are unofficial and should be