Architect-Engineer (A-E) Multi-Discipline Services
Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Published June 3, 2015 - Deadline July 7, 2015
"INDEFINITE-DELIVERY" AND "INDEFINITE-QUANTITY" (IDIQ) CONTRACTS FOR MULTI-DISCIPLINE AE SERVICES FOR THE REAL PROPERTY SERVICES FIELD OFFICE, BALTIMORE DISTRICT
1. CONTRACT INFORMATION: Two contracts are being procured in accordance with the Brooks Act as implemented in FAR Subpart 36.6, AFARS 5136.6 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Acquisition Instruction (UAI) 36.6. Firms will be selected for negotiation based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the required work. Fixed-Price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for Architect-Engineering (A-E) Services are required to support the Baltimore District's Real Property Services Field Office (RSFO) programs. Firm-fixed price task orders will be issued under these contracts based on the requirements of FAR Part 36.6 and EP 715-1-7. The majority of the work will be for RSFO and other Baltimore District projects, but the contracts may be used throughout the North Atlantic Division or by any other USACE District with proper approval. The awards will be made under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 541330, Engineering Services, which has a small business size standard of $15,000,000 in average receipts. Two awards will be made, each with a five-year period and a capacity of $49M. The acquisition will be unrestricted and therefore open to all business regardless of size. Task orders will be issued for A-E services for various military, intelligence community, and other government agencies. Anticipated start date is fourth quarter of FY15.
An active TOP SECRET Facility Clearance is required at the time the offer is due, at time of award, and throughout the life of the contract. In the event of a Joint Venture (JV), the clearance requirement will apply to the JV. This means that the entity identified submitting the SF330 must have the TOP SECRET Facility Site Clearance in that name along with the matching Cage Code. For example, if Company A and Company B forms a Joint Venture called Company AB, then Company AB must have an active TOP SECRET Facility Site Clearance at the time the offer is due, at the time of award, and throughout the life of the contract. Even if both Company A and Company B each individually posses the clearance, unless Company AB possesses its own TOP SECRET Facility Site Clearance, the proposal will not be eligible for award.
The firm must be capable of responding to and working on multiple task orders concurrently. Task orders will be awarded based on the contractor's current workload and its ability to accomplish the order in the required time, geographic location, type of services required, previous installation experience, including customer satisfaction, and performance and quality of deliverables under the current IDIQ. Project sites may be located anywhere within the continental United States (CONUS) or Hawaii. A contract may be issued up to one year after selection. The selection process and award of a contract under this Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) announcement shall be subject to the prohibitions and restrictions of the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR), Subpart 9.5, Organizational and Consultant Conflicts of Interest. Options may be included in individual task orders. To be eligible for contract award, a firm or joint venture must be registered in the System for Award Manager (SAM.gov). Funding will be provided on a Task Order basis with a $15,000 minimum guarantee for each contract awarded.
SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION PLAN: All offerors (both large and small businesses) will be required to submit a Small Business Participation Plan (SBPP). The SBPP will be evaluated pursuant to Factor 1 of the Secondary Factors, as necessary. The SBPP will set forth the proposed participation of U.S. small businesses in the performance of this acquisition relative to the objectives and goals established herein. The offeror should articulate how small businesses will participate - through performance as a small business prime offeror and/or through small business subcontracting. The government will evaluate:
a. The extent to which such firms, as defined in FAR Part 19, are specifically identified in proposals;
b. The extent of commitment to use such firms (enforceable commitments will be considered more favorably than non-enforceable ones);
c. Identification of the complexity and variety of the work small firms are to perform;
d. The extent of participation of small business prime Offerors and small business subcontractors in terms of the percentage of the value of the total acquisition;
e. The extent to which the Offeror meets or exceeds the goal of 25% Small Business Participation. This goal is based on the total contract value. Socio-economic subcategory percentages are at the discretion of the Offeror, however, a greater commitment to socio-economic programs will be evaluated favorably;
SEPARATE FROM SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION PLAN, other than U.S. Small Business offerors selected as one of the most highly qualified firms by the Selection Board, must submit a Subcontracting Plan meeting the requirements of FAR 52.219-9 and DFARS 252.219-7003 (or DFARS 252.219-7004 if the offeror has a comprehensive subcontracting plan). Other than U.S. Small Businesses must submit acceptable subcontracting plans to be eligible for award. Subcontracting Plans shall reflect and be consistent with the commitments offered in the Small Business Participation Plan. The goals for subcontracting will be aggressively negotiated with the selected firm. If the successful offeror fails to negotiate a subcontracting plan acceptable to the Contracting Officer, then the offeror will be ineligible for award. Maximum practicable utilization of small businesses is a matter of national attention with particular interest to this contracting agency. All subcontracting goals will be monitored through the electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS).
The goals for subcontracting will be aggressively negotiated with the selected firm. If the successful offeror fails to negotiate a subcontracting plan acceptable to the Contracting Officer, then the offeror will be ineligible for award. Maximum practicable utilization of small businesses is a matter of national attention with particular interest to this contracting agency.
Inherently governmental functions will not be performed by contractors per FAR Part 7.5 and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Letter 92-1.
2. PROJECT INFORMATION: The work may encompass architect and engineering services for a broad variety of minor to major repair, modification, rehabilitation, alterations and new construction projects primarily in support of the Department of Defense and associated Agencies. The type of work performed will be for secure sites and will include: planning, programming, feasibility studies, geotechnical investigations, permitting, charrettes, master planning, engineering studies, design services, estimating, surveying, site/field investigation, CADD drawing and document preparation and review, design review, operability and maintenance review of designs, construction management services, commissioning, studies, and reports. Other work may include preparation of full plans and specifications, preparation of design build requests for proposal, construction cost estimating, site investigations, analysis, planning, master planning, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, programming (1391), topographic and utility surveys, geotechnical investigations, permitting, charrettes, hazardous material investigations, Building Information Modeling (BIM), energy modeling, and the preparation of reports, studies, design criteria/ design analysis documents, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) documentation, value engineering, presentations, coordination with various government agencies and commissions, and other general A-E services. The work may also include providing construction phase and other support services including, but not limited to shop drawing reviews, site visits, technical assistance, LEED documentation during construction, on-site representation, preparation of operation and maintenance manuals, and commissioning/ start-up/ fit-up design support. These services will include (but are not limited to) such areas as facility maintenance, repair, remodeling, renovation, or demolition; infrastructure; interior fit-up; new construction; physical security and counter terrorism (including weapons of mass destruction) force protection; fire protection; and communications for military and other non-military government agencies.
Each task order will have its own schedule based on the complexity of the applicable project. Task Orders will be evaluated based on level of effort for the scope of services developed for individual projects. Task Orders will be issued during the life of the IDIQs and may extend beyond the five year IDIQ ordering period.
The customers (users) to be serviced by this contract will predominately belong to the Intelligence Communities. These types of customers have assets distributed throughout CONUS and Hawaii. However, the preponderance of work is anticipated to be within the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.
3. SELECTION CRITERIA: The offeror must demonstrate its and each key consultant's qualifications with respect to the published evaluation criteria for all services. Evaluation and selection will be based on the most highly qualified firm upon evaluation of the selection criteria stated herein. Selection of the most highly qualified firms for negotiations shall be made through an order of preference based on demonstrated competence and qualifications necessary for the satisfactory performance of the type of professional services required, that include, primarily (1) specialized experience and technical competence; (2) professional qualifications; (3) past performance; (4) capacity to accomplish the work; and (5) special qualifications; and secondarily may include (1) small business participation plan; (2) geographic proximity. In addition to the above qualifications, special qualifications in the Department of Defense (DoD) include the volume of work previously awarded to the firm by the DoD, with the object of effecting an equitable distribution of DoD A-E contracts among qualified A-E firms including all small business socio-economic categories, and firms that have not had prior DoD contracts. The small business participation plan, as a secondary criterion, will not be applied by a pre-selection board, and will only be used by a selection board as a "tie-breaker" if necessary, in ranking the most highly qualified firms. The A-E selection procedures will be in accordance with FAR 36.6 A/E Services, DFARS 236.6, EP 715-1-7, PARC and local guidance. Interviews will be conducted for A-E firms identified by Selection Board and will be conducted in Annapolis Junction, MD. The selection criteria for this contract are listed below in descending order of importance
Factor 1: Specialized Experience and Technical Competence. The firm must demonstrate specialized experience and technical experience in the following types of projects and/or work products which are listed in decending order of importance:
1) Design of new construction projects of various types and sizes
2) Design for the renovation of existing facilities of various types and sizes
3) Preparation of design build request for proposals (RFP's)
4) Preparation of project programming documents such as master planning studies, DD Forms 1391 and experience in conducting both planning and design charrettes
5) Experience with handling multiple task orders simultaneously
6) Experience of the prime firm and significant subcontractors in working together
7) Application of cost control through appropriate design and construction techniques on projects to assure projects remain within budget (cost estimating and MII)
8) Analysis and implementation of anti-terrorism and force protection (ATFP) requirements
9) Obtaining all necessary Federal, State or local jurisdiction permits
10) Experience with storm water management and erosion and sedimentation control in various jurisdictions
11) Analysis, documentation and implementation of LEED criteria and Energy modeling
12) Experience in the use of BIM
13) Topographic and bathymetric surveys, soil surveys and subsurface exploration including associated testing
14) Coordination, submissions and presentations to the State Historic Preservation Offices, National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts.
15) Asbestos and lead paint surveys and testing services
Firms shall provide projects demonstrating their experience in the types of projects and products as described in (2) Project Information and show specialized experience of the proposed team in provision of the services noted above. All projects provided in the SF 330 must be completed by the office/branch/regional office/individual team member actually proposed to manage and perform work under this contract. Projects not meeting this requirement will be excluded from evaluation. If the Offeror is a joint venture (JV), relevant project experience should be submitted for the joint venture if shared experience is available; if no shared experience is available, offers may submit projects performed by either joint venture partner. For submittal purposes, a task order on an IDIQ contract is considered a project as is a stand alone contract award. Do not list an IDIQ contract as an example of a completed project. Instead, list relevant completed task orders or stand alone contract awards that fit within the definition above. Examples of project work submitted that do not conform to this requirement will not be evaluated.
Factor 2: Professional Qualifications. Offerors will be evaluated on professional qualifications and competence of the proposed key personnel to provide services to accomplish the work required under this contract. The firm must have registered and licensed personnel, either in-house or through consultants, in the following list of disciplines: Project manager, architect, landscape architect, interior designer, civil engineer, electrical engineer, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, fire protection engineer, quality assurance/quality control, planner, communications engineer, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP), environmental engineer, geotechnical engineer, cost estimator, commissioning specialist, land surveyor, survey crew, construction manager, and certified industrial hygienist. In addition, some key management personnel and other personnel in each discipline listed below must possess valid current final Top Secret Security Clearances. It is mandatory that the Contractor maintains a balanced work force with a significant cadre of cleared Top Secret personnel to work in such areas. Provide all clearance information for personnel submitted in the SF330, Section H. The list of key disciplines are: Project manager, architect, civil engineer, electrical engineer, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, fire protection engineer, planner, communications engineer, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP), environmental engineer, geotechnical engineer, cost estimator, commissioning specialist, construction manager, and certified industrial hygienist. The availability of an adequate number of personnel in the key disciplines shall be presented to ensure that the firm can meet the potential of working on multiple task orders for multiple customers in the required timeframes. All personnel working under this contract must be U.S. citizens.
The Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection field designer shall be a licensed professional engineer and have experience and training related to compliance with Department of Defense AT/FP policy standards and specifications.
The Communications Engineer shall be a licensed professional engineer or be a Registered Communications Distribution Designer.
Interior Designer must be certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ), licensed interior designer, or licensed architect with experience and training in interior design.
Cost engineer shall be a certified cost engineer (CCE), certified cost consultant (CCC), or have comparable certification as well as experience with cost estimating software, specifically MII.
The fire protection engineer shall be a registered fire protection engineer and have a degree in Fire Protection Engineering from an accredited university.
The Commissioning Specialist shall be a licensed professional engineer, and be certified by one of the following organizations: Building Commissioning Association (BCA), National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), or Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Any individual that has been the subject of disciplinary action by respective commissioning organizations within the five years preceding Contract Award is not eligible to perform any duties related to Commissioning. The Commissioning Specialist shall also have documented experience as the lead person responsible for commissioning of building systems of similar type, scope, and complexity and must have at least two projects for which the individual was the documented Commissioning Authority for a LEED certified project. Where a single individual does not have the required experience in commissioning of both mechanical and electrical systems, multiple individuals with the necessary qualifications as stated above shall be engaged under the management of a designated Lead Commissioning Specialist.
Factor 3: Past Performance. The offeror shall provide Past performance on DoD and other contracts with respect to successful performance with respect to constructability of designs, cost control, quality of work and compliance with performance schedules as determined from Contractor Performance Assessment Rating System (CPARS) and other sources such as past performance questionnaires will be evaluated. Offerors will be evaluated based on past performance with Government agencies and private industry in terms of successful history of working together as a team (prime and subcontractors, JV, etc.), work quality, innovation, compliance with schedules, cost control, overall safety record, and stakeholder/customer satisfaction. The evaluation of past performance will be based on information provided through CPARS and may include other information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and other information available to the Government including information from the points of contact provided by the offeror. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers may result in a firm being considered less qualified. Past Performance should include projects only from the last six years.
Factor 4: Capacity to Accomplish the Work. A proposed management plan shall be presented which shall include an organization chart and the management approach. The offeror shall demonstrate its ability to meet schedule, scope and budget of multiple concurrent projects by providing appropriate teams or crews to perform those tasks such as managing designs at various stages (i.e. 65% and 95%), data collecting, surveying, etc. The offeror shall also provide details on how they will provide encryption for when using For Official Use Only (FOUO) level work, secure file transfer, video teleconference capability and secure communications. The SF330 shall clearly indicate the primary office where the work will be performed and the staffing at this office.
Factor 5: Special Qualifications. Firms may provide additional information that will demonstrate their plan for quality control and program management, team organization, professional registration and organization chart, and management's approach to commissioning, and prior experience with Intelligence Community customers. In addition, firms may provide additional information on management's approach to engaging and fully integrating in-house disciplines with consultants to ensure that designs are in compliance with standards, codes, and construction practices, as well as quality and cost control procedures and value engineering. Firms may also provide additional information regarding the prior experience of the prime firm and any of their significant consultants on similar contracts as well as volume of work previously awarded to the firm by the Department of Defense within the past 12 months.
Secondary factors will only be used as "tie-breakers" among firms that are essentially technically equal.
Factor 1: Small Business Participation Plan. Firms shall demonstrate the extent of their participation with all federally designated small businesses (Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Women-Owned Small Business, HUBZone Businesses, Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Service Disabled Owned Small Businesses, historically black colleges and universities, and minority institutions) in the proposed contract team, measured as a percentage of the total estimated effort.
Factor 2: Geographic Proximity. Firms will be evaluated on their location with respect to the Real Property Services Field Office (RSFO) located in Annapolis Junction, MD since response time for certain projects may be critical. It is mandatory that the contractor have a final TS Facility Site Clearance for the office location(s) required to perform work for this contract. If a new office is to be established, it must be set up and functional within six months of the issuance of the contract. It is expected that some of the management and key personnel for the task orders issued will physically be located near RSFO.
4. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Interested firms having capabilities to perform this work must submit Parts I and II of the SF330 for the prime contractor. Part II of the SF330 must be submitted for each branch office of the prime contractor and all sub-contractors that have a key role in the proposed contract to the address below, no later than 11 AM EST, 7 July 2015. On SF330, Part I, Block 5, include DUNS number for the prime firm. On the SF330, Part I, Block F, provide the title and contract award dates for all projects listed in that section. The Cage Code for the Prime Contractor must be submitted to verify the Top Secret Facility Site Clearance.
The SF330 and the Small Business Participation Plan shall each be submitted as separate files using Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf).
Submit responses with the announcement number to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Real Property Services Field Office, ATTN: Renee McMillan-Cox, 300 Sentinel Drive, Suite 400, Annapolis-Junction MD 20701.
These forms shall be submitted to the above address not later 11 AM EST, 7 July 2015. An original and four (4) hard copies of the SF330 submission and two (2) electronic copies on CD are required. Part I of the SF330 shall have a page limit of 125 pages. A page is one side of a sheet. Foldouts are discouraged; if used, they will count as two pages. Be advised that the Baltimore District does not maintain SF-330s at this office. Font size shall not be smaller than 10 point. An electronic copy of the submission shall be included as well. The document shall be submitted as one file using Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf).
Point of Contact
Renee McMillan-Cox at (443) 654-7235, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Real Property Services Field Office
300 Sentinel Drive, Suite 400, Annapolis-Junction MD 20701
This synopsis is in reference to sources sought number W912DR-14-S-0007 previously issued on 20 November 2013. Solicitation packages are not provided and no additional project information will be given to firms during this announcement period. This is not a request for proposal. This is strictly Architect-Engineering, (NAICS Code 541330) submittals of SF330's only.