C -- Architect and Engineer Services
General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service (PBS) | Published March 7, 2005 - Deadline April 7, 2005
GSA Design Excellence Solicitation for Lead Design ArchitectC-Architect-Engineer Services Solicitation # GS-04P-05-EXC-0053
Region: Southeast Sunbelt
Contracting Officer: Denise Butler
Phone Number: 404-331-4627
PROJECT: Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Federal Courthouse
Renovation and Alteration (R&A)
BUILDING TYPE: Federal Building - Courthouse
CLIENT AGENCIES: District, Magistrate and Bankruptcy Courts; U.S. Attorney; U.S. Marshals Service; U. S. Probation; Senators Field Offices, GSA and other federal agencies.
SIZE: 17 350 gross square meters (gsm), 174,000 gross square feet
PARKING SPACES: none
BUDGET: The Estimated Construction Cost range is approximately $12 million to $15 million.
GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATION: A/E firms are advised that at least 35% of the total level of contract effort must be performed in the State of Alabama.
This procurement is open to small and large business concerns. Small, women-owned, and small disadvantaged firms are strongly encouraged to participate as prime contractors or as members of joint ventures with other small businesses.
Through the rehabilitation of an historic federal building, this project continues the legacy of outstanding public architecture. In accord with this tradition, the General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program seeks to commission our nation�s most talented designers and artists to prepare our historic federal buildings for the next 50 to 100 years of service. These projects are to demonstrate the value of integrated design that balances historic significance with current needs; balances aesthetics, cost, constructability, and reliability; creates environmentally responsible and superior workplaces for civilian federal employees; and gives public expression to our democratic values. In this context, GSA announces an opportunity for Design Excellence in public architecture for performance of architectural/engineering design in accordance with GSA quality standards and requirements. As required by law, all facilities will meet federal energy goals and security requirements. All projects will be LEED certified.
The project is the repair and renovation of the Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Federal Courthouse located at 1800 5th Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama. The building maintains a prominent presence in the downtown financial / business district and is a local landmark and the historic symbol of the Federal presence in Birmingham. The historic structure is a four story marble and brick Neo-Classical style building constructed in 1921 with two floors added in 1926 and is approximately 17 350 gross square meters (gsm) 174,000 gross square feet (gsf) without parking. There are no interior parking spaces. The existing courthouse will maintain a total of four (4) existing courtrooms: one (1) historic district courtroom and three (3) bankruptcy courtrooms. The building will house portions of the District, Magistrate and Bankruptcy Courts; U.S. Attorney; U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Probation; Senators Field Offices GSA and other federal agencies. This project will provide superior workplaces for civilian federal employees, and shall serve as an example of successful historic preservation while making a distinct architectural statement that is responsive to the existing character of the building. The design will follow the Secretary of Interior�s Standards for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings and Building Preservation Plan (BPP) guidance, respecting the existing historic character of the building while at the same time supporting the needs of a modern workforce. GSA will contract separately during the design phase for Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) services and Construction Manager as Agent (CMa) services. The CMc and CMa will be active participants in the design process to provide (in addition to the A/E): construction expertise, estimating and cost information, and functionality and constructability reviews.
SCOPE OF WORK
The facility will be designed using English units of measurement with �soft metric� units shown in parentheses. The scope of professional services will require at a minimum: professional architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, interior design, and related consulting services for clear and concise communication of the design intent to contractors who will construct the work. The scope of work will require at a minimum: metric design development drawings, specifications, cost estimates, schedules, value engineering services, life cycle costing, space planning, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and construction phase services (option to be exercised at a later date) for a facility that includes the renovations and alterations to the existing building and related systems, site development and parking, client program requirements, and sustainable features. The facility must be designed to meet the energy goal established by GSA. The design is also to include the GSA design standards for secure facilities; P100-Facilities Standard for the Public Buildings Services; the Courts Design Guide requirements; the U.S. Marshals design requirements, and any other agency specific guidelines as part of the design. The design of the facility shall include sustainable design and construction practices following the LEED format with a requirement for Certification and will incorporate total building commissioning as defined by GSA design guides. There will be a formal partnering process throughout the design and construction phases to promote successful project development and execution through voluntary commitments to accomplish established agreed-upon project objectives by all involved parties to their mutual benefit.
This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each design submission must be approved by the Regional Historic Preservation Officer, who will coordinate external review by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106. Design submissions will include a historic preservation report with captioned photographs and relevant design details identifying historic preservation design issues and solutions as they are developed. Every effort will be made to avoid adversely effecting original materials and design in the building�s preservation zones identified in the Building Preservation Plan. Alteration or removal of original materials and design elements requires special justification and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the SHPO. The selected A/E firm will assist GSA in obtaining any required MOA�s.
This is a request for qualifications (RFQ) of A/E firms/lead designers interested in contracting for this work. The A/E firm as used in this RFQ means an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity permitted by law to practice the profession of architecture or engineering that will have contractual responsibility for the project design. The Lead Designer is the individual or the team of designers who will have primary responsibility to develop the concept and the project design. The Lead Designer will also be involved in commissioning an artist or artists for this project and in assisting with the successful integration of works of arts into the architectural design.
A/E firms are advised that at least 35% of the level of contract effort must be performed in the State of Alabama. The A/E firm will address the contractual relationship with the lead designer and project team in Stage II. At that time, the following specialty consultants will be required for security, fire and life safety, audio-visual systems, lighting, acoustics and water intrusion.
The A/E selection will be completed in two stages as follows: In Stage I, interested Lead Designers and associated A/E firms will submit portfolios of accomplishment that establish the design capabilities of the Lead Designer and design firm. In Stage II,
shortlisted Lead Designer-A/E teams will be interviewed.
All documentation will be in an 8 1/2" x 11" format. The assembled content for the Stage I portfolio should be no more than 1/4 inch thick. Submissions may be double sided where feasible. The portfolio should include the following: a cover letter referencing the FedBizOpps announcement and briefly describing the firm and its location, organizational makeup, and noteworthy accomplishments; Standard Form 330 Architect Engineer Qualifications Part II; credentials of historic preservation specialist; and responses to the submission requirements and evaluation criteria listed below. An A/E Evaluation Board consisting of a private sector peer and representatives of the client and GSA will evaluate the submissions. The board will establish a shortlist of three to six firms.
Identification of team members, other than the Lead Designer(s), is not required at this stage. Consultant and �production firm� (if different from the design firm) information should not be included in the Stage I portfolio.
Submission Requirements and Evaluation Criteria:
(1) PAST PERFORMANCE ON DESIGN (35%): The A/E firm(s) will submit a portfolio of not more than five renovation projects completed in the last ten years (maximum of five pages per project). At least two projects should include restoration/conservation work and represent a history of commendable design work in the restoration/conservation specialty. The narrative shall address the design approach with salient features for each project and discuss how the client�s program, functional, image, mission, economic, schedule, and operational objectives were satisfied by the overall design/planning solution. It should describe how historic preservation goals were met, and address the relevance of submitted projects to this project, including the integration of contemporary court functions and technology into an historic building. This section of the submission should include tangible evidence such as certificates, awards, peer recognition, etc. demonstrating design excellence, and provide a client reference contact for each project, including name, title, address, email, phone, and fax numbers. A representative floor plan, a site plan, a building section, or other appropriate drawing, and a minimum of four photographs must be included for each project.
(2) PHILOSOPHY AND DESIGN INTENT (25%): In the Lead Designer�s words (maximum of two pages), as related to this project, state: the parameters of an overall design philosophy; his/her approach to the challenge of historic public architecture and related issues; parameters that may apply in creating an effective approach to accommodating contemporary court functions in an historic building; and a commitment to integrated and sustainable design.
(3) LEAD DESIGNER PROFILE (15%): Submit a biographical sketch (maximum of three pages) including education, professional experience, recognition for design efforts inclusive of the portfolio examples, and identify and describe areas of responsibility and commitment to each project.
(4) LEAD DESIGNER PORTFOLIO (25%): Submit a portfolio representative of the lead designer�s ability to provide design excellence. Address his or her participation in each project. If a single designer, submit a portfolio of up to three projects completed in the last ten years (maximum of five pages per project). If the lead designer is a team, submit graphics and a description of up to two projects from each lead designer or lead design discipline. The narrative shall address the design philosophy with salient features for each project and discuss how the client�s program, functional, image, mission, economic, schedule, and operations and maintenance objectives were satisfied by the overall design/planning solution. Include tangible evidence such as certificates, awards, peer recognition, etc., demonstrating design excellence. Where there is duplication with criteria (1) Past Performance on Design, the lead designer will address his or her participation in the project. The lead designer shall demonstrate a history of commendable design work in restoration/conservation and rehabilitation.
The shortlisted Lead Designers and associated A/E firms will be notified and asked to submit more detailed information indicating each member of the design team, including all outside consultants. Sufficient time will be provided for the lead designer and associated A/E design firm to establish its team. The firms will be required to complete Standard Form 330 Architect Engineer Qualifications Parts I and II that reflect the entire design team. The government will establish the detailed evaluation criteria and the date that these submittals are due and provide the selection criteria for the interviews along with the Stage I shortlist announcement. A small business networking session will be scheduled after the shortlisted firm notification with sufficient time set aside for the A/E Design Firm/Lead Designer to assemble the project team. In developing the project team for the Stage II submission, the A/E Firms are advised that at least 35% of the level of contract effort must be performed within the state of Alabama. The office(s) meeting this 35% (minimum) requirement must have an active production office within the State of Alabama established at least 90 days prior to the date of this announcement. As a member of the A/E team, the Architect of Record must be licensed in the state of Alabama. The required license must be in place within 60 days of award of the contract.
The Board will interview each team. Candidates should be prepared to discuss all aspects of the criteria indicated above and evaluation criteria as established for Stage II, and demonstrate their ability to fulfill all project requirements. Emphasis will be placed on the Lead Designer-A/E team�s understanding of the unique aspects of the project, their design philosophy, project management process, and quality assurance plan. Strong past experience in the renovation and restoration of historic structures is a desired trait of the assembled design team. Responses to the evaluation criteria and interview questions will be used to rank the Lead Designer-A/E teams.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STAGE I SUBMITTALS
Firms having the capabilities to perform the services described in this announcement are invited to respond by submitting Standard Form 330 Architect Engineer Qualifications Part II, which must not be dated more than twelve (12) months before the date of this synopsis along with letter of interest and the portfolio TO:
Contracting Officer: Denise Butler
Delivery Address: General Services Administration, 401 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2500, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Phone number: 404-331-4627
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE by 3:00PM local time on April 7, 2005. A total of five (5) copies should be submitted. The following information must be on the outside of the sealed envelope 1) solicitation number/title, 2) due date, 3) closing time. Late responses are subject to FAR 52.214-7.
This procurement is being made under the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program (FAR 52.219-19). This procurement is open to small and large business concerns. Before award of the contract, the A/E (if not a small business of $12,000,000 gross receipts over a three (3) year period or no more than $4,000,000 gross average receipts per year for the same time frame) shall be required to present an acceptable Small Business and Small Disadvantaged Business Subcontracting Plan in accordance with Public Law 95-507. Small, women-owned, and small disadvantaged firms are strongly encouraged to participate as prime contractors or as members of joint ventures with other small businesses. All interested large business firms are reminded that the successful firm will be expected to place subcontracts to the maximum practical extent with small and disadvantaged firms as part of their original submitted teams (Stage II).
Contract will be procured under the Brooks A/E Act and FAR Part 36. The government will not allow payment for travel, living expense, computer time or hookups for the prime or the consultants during the selection process. This is not a request for proposals. Contract award is subject to the availability of funding.