An Alternative Process To Major Aquatic Equipment Selections

By Scott W. Hester, P.E.

Presented at the Illinois Park and Recreation Conference, January 20, 2017

Alternative Equipment Selection Process – 2017 IPRA

When recreation professionals make capital investments on major aquatic equipment, so often vendor selection is based on a low bid process. In lieu of emphasizing cost as your number one selection criteria, developing a process that ensures you are fulfilling your aquatic programming needs, meeting functional and physical expectations, while adhering to your budgetary requirements, can provide the best approach for equipment selection. This session will take you through a design proposal process that has been successfully used for major aquatic equipment suppliers. This selection method maintains a fair and transparent process that promotes creativity and competitive bidding, ensuring the Parks and Recreation professional is getting a product that will be successful.