General Recreation, Inc.
The City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Department wanted a playground that was a unique addition to the Lowcountry landscape. And the department was willing to facilitate a non-traditional bid process to get it. Deputy Director Matt Compton has learned over his 15 years of park development that you can’t do a competitive bid without eliminating the cost. “So, we took the dollar value out of the evaluation,” explains Compton.
“We asked our vendors who represent the top in the industry to prepare up to three plans to fit our budget. Then, we set cost aside and evaluated the plans solely on aesthetics, services and product quality.”