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For the purpose of budgeting for capital projects, the estimated value of the Architectural/ Engineering (A/E) Basic Services fee (Exhibit A) can be determined by use of these guidelines. These fee guidelines are divided into three levels determined by the type and complexity of the building, and are to be used for preparation of capital budget requests for Washington State public works building projects under the jurisdiction of the Department of General Administration, universities, natural resource agencies, and the Department of Transportation. A/E Basic Services are defined in this document. The payment of A/E fees represents some of the most important dollars spent on a project. These funds are an investment that affects both the quality and successful completion of a project. Recognizing this, calculation of a fee structure to obtain quality design at a reasonable cost presents a challenge. There are pros and cons associated with any system used to set fees, and there is great variation in the types and complexity of state construction projects. These fee guidelines originally were the outcome of a study coordinated by the Office of Financial Management (OFM), which included the Washington Council of the American Institute of Architects, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington, universities, and other state agencies, which reviewed other fee guidelines and contacted other states to identify approaches used. Also, within state government, state agencies documented examples where the existing fee system posed problems, and they developed specific suggested changes that would improve the state system. Higher education agencies provided evaluations of the scope, magnitude, and methods used to establish fees for design services at peer institutions. Updates to the fee guidelines have considered issues