(A) The definitions set forth in section 153.65 of the Revised Code are incorporated in these rules by reference.
(B) "Agency" means any department, board, commission, authority, office, or bureau of this state or state-supported institution of higher education.
(C) "Professional design firm" means any person legally engaged in rendering professional design services.
(D) "Professional design services" means services within the scope of practice of an architect or landscape architect registered under Chapter 4703. of the Revised Code or a professional engineer or surveyor registered under Chapter 4733. of the Revised Code.
(E) "Qualifications" means all of the following:
(1) Competence of the professional design firm to perform the required professional design services as indicated by the technical training, education, and experience of the firm's personnel, especially the technical training, education, and experience of the employees within the firm who would be assigned to perform the services;
(2) Ability of the firm in terms of its workload and the availability of qualified personnel, equipment, and facilities to perform the required professional design services competently and expeditiously;
(3) Past performance of the firm as reflected by the evaluations of previous clients with respect to such factors as control of costs, quality of work, and meeting of deadlines;
(4) Other similar factors.