request for information (RFI)

Definition

Construction

  • A formal request for preliminary information for the purpose of evaluating potential bids for design services, construction services, or both. This request does not usually signify a firm commitment by an owner, but it provides information on potential bidders and their capabilities. The information gathered by RFIs is sometimes used to developa list of architects, engineers, or contractors who will eventually receive a Request for Proposal (RFP).
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