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Land Tenure Consultant

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published November 23, 2015  -  Deadline December 14, 2015
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Land Tenure Consultant MCC-16-RFQ-0031 1) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information including in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The Solicitation number is MCC-16-RFQ-0031 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses that are in effect through the most recent Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments which can be found at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html 2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $15 million. 3) FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) is attached. 4) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov. 5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Independent-Contractor-Defined FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAMS) is not required. 6) Description of Services: MCC requires the services of a consultant to provide legal, institutional, and operational analysis services to support MCC's oversight of land-tenure related investments in MCC-eligible countries. These services will include analysis of Portuguese-language laws, regulations, and reform proposals, as well as analysis of other Portuguese-language documents critical to Compact implementation. 7) This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered. 8) The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultants(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. 9) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the mandatory technical evaluation criteria will be considered. Technical Evaluation Criteria: All mandatory qualifications described below must be addressed in a resume. Mandatory Requirements: To be qualified for this consultancy the candidate must have demonstrated the following: • Demonstrated experience and expertise in land tenure and property rights in developing countries • Demonstrated experience and expertise in analysis of Portuguese-language land laws, regulations, and administrative procedures • Demonstrated experience with the design and implementation of complex land administration and land tenure regularization projects • Demonstrated experience with the provision of technical analysis and recommendations to donor institutions (such as MCC, World Bank, etc) • Fluency in spoken English, written English, spoken Portuguese and written Portuguese • Degree in law or other field relevant to land tenure legal and institutional analyses Other requirements International travel will be required. The Consultant may be requested to mobilize on a short notice and will be expected to deliver high quality finished products in a timely manner. MCC reserves the right to interview the candidates. Past Performance: Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years. Price: The government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness. 10) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for additional requirements for a period of 12 months. 11) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. 12) Quote Deadline. Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST), December 14, 2015. Only e-mailed requests for additional information will be accepted at MCCConsultants@mcc.gov and oberoia@mcc.gov by 11:00 am EST on December 10, 2015. Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number MCC-16-RFQ-0031 AND description in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to MCCConsultants@mcc.gov and oberoia@mcc.gov. The maximum file size is 10mb. 13) Exclusion of Quotes and Communications At any time prior to award, including upon receipt of quotes, the Government may exclude a quote from further consideration for reasons such as (but not limited to): non-compliance with instructions related to this solicitation; the quote is not among the most highly rated; or the quote is not likely to be selected for award. The Government need not notify an offeror that its quote has been excluded from further consideration nor need it provide the offeror with a pre-award debriefing. However, the offeror will be provided post-award notification and if requested, a brief explanation of the basis of the award decision. After receipt of quotes, the Government will conduct an evaluation. The Government intends to evaluate quotes and issue a contract/ order without communications with offerors. However, during the evaluation process, the Government may, solely at its discretion, communicate with an offeror for any purpose, such as to gain a better understanding of the quote. As a result of such communication, the Government may allow offerors to submit quote revisions. If quote revisions are allowed, the Government may, solely at its discretion, impose non-common due dates for the revisions. In other words, the Government may elect to have a quote revision date for an offeror that is different than the quote revision date for another offeror(s). The Government need not conduct communications with all offerors. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, conduct communications with one or only some offerors. Furthermore, the Government need not permit all offerors to submit quote revisions. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, seek quote revisions from only one or only some offerors. 14) Quote Submission. The Individual Consultant shall submit the following document: a. Technical: (1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation; (2) Curriculum Vitae (25 page maximum), Microsoft Word file b. Past Performance: Three professional references, with contact phone and email information, Microsoft Word file c. Price: Complete the attached Bio-Data form (see attached) to include the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history. PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE YOUR SUBMISSION INTO ONE (1) DOCUMENT. DOCUMENTS (a), (b), &(c) MUST BE SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE DOCUMENTS. 15) FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant, prior to the time of award. 16) There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices. 17) The period of performance is five years from date of award but can be terminated at any time per: MCC 52.249-70 TERMINATION (Independent Consultants) The Government may terminate call orders issued against this Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) at any time upon at least 15 calendar days' written notice by the Contracting Officer to the Contractor. The Contractor, with the written consent of the Contracting Officer, may terminate call orders issued against this BPA upon at least 15 calendar days' written notice to the Contracting Officer. Neither party will be entitled to the recuperation of any termination costs. The Contractor will be paid for any allowable costs incurred prior to the effective date of the termination; no other costs will be paid out as a result of a termination under this clause. 18) The following clause also applies: MCC 52.232-22 "Limitation of Funds" 19) See attached documents, (1) Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4, (Alt I); (2) MCC Bio-Data Sheet and (3) Statement of Work.

Sector Operations Consultant in MCC Eligible Countries

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published August 27, 2015  -  Deadline September 10, 2015
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Sector Operations Consultant in MCC Eligible Countries Solicitation: MCC-15-RFQ-0118 1) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information including in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The Solicitation number is MCC-15-RFQ-0118 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses that are in effect through the most recent Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments which can be found at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html 2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $15 million. 3) FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) is attached. 4) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov. 5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Independent-Contractor-Defined FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAMS) is not required. 6) Description of Services: MCC has a requirement for a Consultant to assist DCO, division of Sector Operations, in reviewing MCC programs which include activities in: agriculture; land tenure and property rights; social and gender assessment; human and community development. The Consultant will review these programs to ensure global best practices, and where applicable, MCC lessons learned from previous compact operations are incorporated in MCC project design and implementation structures. The Consultant will be asked to make recommendations to Sector Operations Management. 7) This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered. 8) The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultants(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. If options/funded periods are included, quotes will be evaluated by adding the total price for all options/funded periods to the total price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options/funded periods shall not obligate the Government to exercise the options/funded periods. 9) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the mandatory technical evaluation criteria will be considered. 10) The consultant will work from its home office and/or MCC headquarters or any MCC eligible country. Technical Evaluation Criteria: All mandatory qualifications described below must be addressed in a resume. Mandatory Requirements: To be qualified for this consultancy the candidate must have demonstrated the following: 1. Demonstrated knowledge, experience and ability to identify present (in actionable form) global experiences and best practices associated with development projects, specifically related to: agriculture; land tenure and property rights; social and gender assessment; and/or human and community development. 2. Demonstrated experience working in developing countries and a clear understanding of their enabling environments for development programs described above; 3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills; and 4. Availability and ability to travel to MCC partner countries. Other requirements: International travel may be required. The Consultant may be requested to mobilize on a short notice and will be expected to deliver high quality finished products in a timely manner. MCC reserves the right to interview the candidates. Past Performance: Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years. Price: The government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness. 11) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for additional requirements for a period of 12 months. Resulting additional requirements that are awarded utilizing quotes from this action may include a base year and up to four (4) options/funded periods 12) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. 13) Quote Deadline. Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST), August 31, 2015. Only e-mailed requests for additional information will be accepted at MCCConsultants@mcc.gov and oberoia@mcc.gov by 11:00 am EST on August 28, 2015. Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number MCC-15-RFQ-0117 AND description in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to MCCConsultants@mcc.gov and oberoia@mcc.gov. The maximum file size is 10mb. 14) Exclusion of Quotes and Communications At any time prior to award, including upon receipt of quotes, the Government may exclude a quote from further consideration for reasons such as (but not limited to): non-compliance with instructions related to this solicitation; the quote is not among the most highly rated; or the quote is not likely to be selected for award. The Government need not notify an offeror that its quote has been excluded from further consideration nor need it provide the offeror with a pre-award debriefing. However, the offeror will be provided post-award notification and if requested, a brief explanation of the basis of the award decision. After receipt of quotes, the Government will conduct an evaluation. The Government intends to evaluate quotes and issue a contract/ order without communications with offerors. However, during the evaluation process, the Government may, solely at its discretion, communicate with an offeror for any purpose, such as to gain a better understanding of the quote. As a result of such communication, the Government may allow offerors to submit quote revisions. If quote revisions are allowed, the Government may, solely at its discretion, impose non-common due dates for the revisions. In other words, the Government may elect to have a quote revision date for an offeror that is different than the quote revision date for another offeror(s). The Government need not conduct communications with all offerors. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, conduct communications with one or only some offerors. Furthermore, the Government need not permit all offerors to submit quote revisions. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, seek quote revisions from only one or only some offerors. 15) Quote Submission. The Individual Consultant shall submit the following document: a. Technical: (1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation; (2) Curriculum Vitae (25 page maximum), Microsoft Word file b. Past Performance: Three professional references, with contact phone and email information, Microsoft Word file c. Price: Complete the attached Bio-Data form (see attached) to include the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history. PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE YOUR SUBMISSION INTO ONE (1) DOCUMENT. DOCUMENTS (a), (b), &(c) MUST BE SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE DOCUMENTS. 16) FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant, prior to the time of award. 17) There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices. 18) See attached documents, (1) Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4, (Alt I); (2) MCC Bio-Data Sheet and (3) Statement of Work.

Indefinite Quantity Contracts - Architectural & Engineering Services for Postal Projects in the State of Michigan

United States Postal Service, Facilities Purchasing | Published April 6, 2015  -  Deadline May 4, 2015
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The US Postal Service is seeking services for the performance of general architectural and engineering services for repair and alteration projects, site adaptation of standard CAD designs, preparation of plans and specifications, including general A/E project investigation, design, observation and construction administration on postal owned and/or leased facilities of various sizes, locations and functions. The scope of work may also include site adaptation of custom designed facilities and other Postal Standard Plans. The general A/E scope of work will consist of investigation, design, preparation of proposal documents, construction budget and cost estimating, project and contract administrative duties, and observation of project construction for noted project types. Significant evaluation factors include: 1. Capacity of firm to accomplish multiple projects, 2. Past postal experience in projects of similar scope and magnitude, 3. Proficiency in the use of Auto CAD or equivalent, 4. Professional qualifications of staff to be assigned to projects, 5. Cost control effectiveness, 6. Construction observation and administration experience, and 7. Workload. The contract will cover postal facilities in the State of Michigan as well as states bordering Michigan. The successful firms' compliance with licensure requirements in bordering states will be checked prior to issuance of work orders for those areas. The contract will be subject to negotiation of individual work orders. In each instance total fees for services will not exceed $250,000.00 for each task. The yearly maximum shall not exceed the total contract maximum. The contract will be for one base year with four one-year renewal options, which can bring the duration of the contract to five years. The amount of work for the duration of the contract (5 years) shall not exceed $5,000,000.00. There is no guaranteed minimum. The USPS reserves the right to select more than one firm. Firms possessing the qualifications to perform the services described, are invited to submit a completed Standard Form 330, Architect-Engineer Qualifications no later than: Monday, May 4, 2015, 3:00 PM EST to: Eileen Walker A/E Evaluation Board - Michigan Northern Facilities Construction Management Team 6 Griffin Road North 1st Floor Right Windsor , CT. 06006-7003 Selection criteria will be conducted with combined use of Standard Form 330 (see attached), Architect-Engineer Qualifications, Part I: Qualifications for a specific contract and Part II: General qualifications of a firm or a specific branch office of a firm. A separate Part II for each branch office that has a key role on the team, and a separate Part II for each consultant must be provided. Contrary to the general instructions, this office does not maintain a file of Part II due to space limitations. In Part I, you must limit the number of projects listed to ten (10) projects only. Please provide two (2) hard copies of your qualifications and one (1) electronic copy. The hard copies should be bound via GBC, Spiral or Stapled. Please do not send them in hard cover notebooks. The electronic copy can be a CD or a file may be uploaded to the RFx page on the USPS eSourcing tool, Emptoris. Information on how to register on Emptoris is attached to this notice. Please do not email the electronic copy. STANDARD FORM 330 REPLACES FORMS SF254 & SF255. Additional forms and pages can be found at www.gsa.gov; search - SF330. Firms, including consultants, must meet the following requirements: 1) Licensed architect registered in area(s) applying for; 2) Licensed mechanical and electrical engineer registered in the State of Michigan; 3) Staffing compliment of 5-25 professionals. The registration requirements may be met through the use of consultants. The prime firm must meet the staffing requirement. Consideration will be given to interested firms who respond to this advertisement in accordance with the foregoing instructions in the following order of preference: 1) Local, (residing in the State of Michigan); 2) All others, Firms will be considered as local only if their office is in the area listed previously, or they have a local independently operated branch office, and all of the design, coordination, and management of projects will be accomplished in that office. It is prohibited to pay any fee, commission, and percentage or brokerage fee to any person or firm contingent upon, or resulting from award of a contract. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their packages buy one of the methods offered by the U.S. Postal Service. (FIRST CLASS MAIL / PRIORITY MAIL / EXPRESS MAIL)

C--A/E Continuing Care Facilities - Phase 1 Project # 596-332 Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division

Department of Veterans Affairs, Nashville VAMC | Published October 16, 2015  -  Deadline November 16, 2015
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1. Introduction: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for project number 596-332 that requires Architect/Engineering (A/E) Design Services for Continuing Care Facilities, Phase 1 at the Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS. ONLY THE A/E FIRMS RESPONDING TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY SUBMITTING AN SF330 PACKAGE ON TIME WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR INITIAL EVALUATION. FOLLOWING INITIAL EVALUATION OF THE A/E FIRMS AND THEIR SF330S, A MINIMUM OF THREE FIRMS WILL BE SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS, AND A SOLICITATION FOR A PRICE PROPOSAL WILL BE SENT TO THE HIGHEST TECHNICALLY RATED A/E FIRM TO PROVIDE THE TYPE OF SERVICE(S) REQUIRED. The A&E Services contract that is anticipated to be awarded will be procured in accordance with the Brooks Act (Public Law 92- 582), Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 36.6 and VA Acquisition Regulation 836.6. In accordance with FAR 36.209 "Construction Contracts With Architect-Engineer Firms", no contract for the construction of a project shall be awarded to the firm that designed the project or its subsidiaries or affiliates, except with the approval of the head of the agency or authorized representative. 2. Description: The Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division is seeking professional architect/engineering firms for design of Continuing Care Facilities, Phase 1. This project will construct 22,000 square feet of Continuing Care Facilities which consists of two (2) "Green House" models approximately 11,000 square feet each. The project will also include site utilities, roads, parking, and infrastructure. The new units/houses will be designed using the latest "Green House" and patient centered care concepts and contain ten (10) beds each. This project will provide preliminary site development design for six (6) future houses and the main support facility to ensure value of investment. Project design shall clearly show work required, phasing of work required, and instructions to construction contractor regarding how to accomplish the necessary renovations in a 24/7 medical environment taking into consideration demolition, dust control, infection control, and specialized facility requirements as discussed with VA staff. Also included will be limitations, work required to be completed outside of standard administrative hours, work limited to period shorter than a single shift, etc. Bid Deductions will be built into the scope of work of the project to allow for flexibility in construction award. The Leestown Campus of the Lexington VAMC is on the National Register as an historic district requiring compliance of Section 106 related to building renovation. 3. Digital copies of the as-builts are limited. The consultant will be expected to fully investigate and confirm the validity of hard copy as-builts and other drawings. This will include independent investigation of the VAMC's flat files by the consultant to determine and procure the information required for the complete design. 4. All offerors are advised that in accordance with VAAR 836.606-73 the total cost of the architect or engineer services contracted for must not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost of the construction project plus any fees for related services and activities. Additionally, FAR Clause 52.236-2 (c) - Design Within Funding Limitation, will be applicable to this procurement action. Design limitation costs will be provided to the most highly rated AE firm selected to complete the design. 5. Interested firms should submit their current SF-330 to matthew.whisman@va.gov. The SF-330s are due on November 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EST). Use the instructions located in section eleven (11) below for submitting your SF-330. 6. Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers a. Late submission of offers are outlined at FAR Parts 52.212-1(f), 52.214-7, and 52.215-1(c) (3). Particular attention is warranted to the portion of the provision that relates to the timing of submission. b. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers. c. To avoid rejection of an offer, vendors must make every effort to ensure their electronic submission is virus-free. Submissions or portions thereof submitted and which the automatic system detects the presence of a virus or which are otherwise unreadable will be treated as "unreadable" pursuant to FAR Parts 14.406 and FAR 15.207(c ). d. The virus scanning software used by our e-mail systems cannot always distinguish a macro from a virus. Therefore, sending a macro embedded in an e-mail message or an e-mail attachment may cause the e-mail offer to be quarantined. You may send both the spreadsheet and the spreadsheet saved in PDF format to ensure that your proposal is readable. e. Password protecting your offer is not permitted. The Contracting Officer will file the offer electronically which will allow access only by designated individuals. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises at the time of submission of proposal. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz at the time of proposal submission will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-responsive. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. 7. The selection process will follow the guidance referenced within 36.602-3 and FAR 36.602-4. The Government will not pay, nor reimburse, any costs associated with responding to this request. The Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. Firms will be selected based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the required work. The estimated magnitude for construction (not design) of this project is between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000. a. Contract Award Procedure: Before a small business is proposed as a potential contractor, they must be certified by VetBiz and registered in the System For Award Management (SAM) database. Register via the SAM internet site at www.sam.gov Failure of a proposed SDVOSB to be certified by the CVE at the time the SF 330 is submitted shall result in elimination from consideration as a proposed contractor. The proposed services will be obtained by a Negotiated Firm-Fixed Price Contract. b. The review/design of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, or other engineering features of the work shall be accomplished by architects or engineers registered in a State or possession of the United States, or in Puerto Rico or in the District of Columbia. c. The project drawings/design shall be in compliance with applicable standards and codes described in VA Program Guides and design materials. Master Construction Specifications Index, VA Construction Standards Index, VA Standards Index, and Criteria are available in the Technical Information Library (TIL) on VA Website address: http://www.cfm.va.gov/til/. 8. The awarded A/E firm will prepare drawings and specifications in sufficient detail such that qualified outside General Contracting companies can prepare accurate and timely proposals for the desired work. The awarded A/E firm is responsible for ensuring that the specifications and drawings supplied fully represent all of the work described in the Request for Proposal (RFP). The Medical Center must remain operational throughout the construction period and a detailed sequence of work will be provided by the A/E to minimize impact of the construction. The NAICS code for this project is 541330 with a small business size of $15 million. The SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, type in SF-330 in the "Find a Form" block and click on search. 9. SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection criteria for this acquisition are listed below in descending order of importance. a. Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services; b. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials; c. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time; d. Past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules; e. Location in the general geographical area of the project and knowledge of the locality of the project; provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project; f. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness; g. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services; and h. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 10. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. This is a request for SF 330's Architect/Engineer Qualifications packages only. Any requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. No material will be issued and no solicitation package or bidder/plan holder list will be issued. A solicitation will only be issued to the most highly qualified vendor. 11. Electronic Submission Requirements: Unless paper offers are specifically authorized in an individual solicitation, all responses to solicitations must be submitted electronically as described below. Responses submitted in a paper form are unacceptable and will be returned. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to noncompliance with the terms of the solicitation. You must submit your electronic offer, and any supplemental information (such as spreadsheets, backup data, technical information), using any of the electronic formats and media described below. Additionally, contractors are notified of the award via an electronic Notice of Award e-mail. The award document will be attached to the Notice of Award e-mail. a. Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers i. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Please see security note below for caution regarding use of macros. When submitting construction drawings contractors are required to submit one set in AutoCAD and one set in Adobe PDF. (purpose: contracting can open the PDF version and engineering can open AutoCAD files); ii. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater; iii. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format other than described in these instructions, e-mail the Contracting Officer who issued the solicitation. Please submit your request at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and make sure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer; and iv. Submitted SF330's are not to exceed a total of fifty (50) pages. v. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns. b. E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers. i. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation; ii. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this paragraph or in writing by a Contracting Officer. Submission is to be no more than a total of fifty (50) pages; and iii. The offer will be date and time stamped by the Microsoft Email system and will be the official record of receipt for the submission. 12. Point of Contact : a. Matthew R. Whisman b. (859) 281-3883 c. E-mail questions to: Matthew.Whisman@va.gov VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.

C--A/E Continuing Care Facilities - Phase 1 Project # 596-332 Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division

Department of Veterans Affairs, Nashville VAMC | Published August 31, 2015  -  Deadline September 30, 2015
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1. Introduction: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for project number 596-332 that requires Architect/Engineering (A/E) Design Services for Continuing Care Facilities, Phase 1 at the Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330s. The A&E Services contract that is anticipated to be awarded will be procured in accordance with the Brooks Act (Public Law 92- 582), Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 36.6 and VA Acquisition Regulation 836.6. In accordance with FAR 36.209 "Construction Contracts With Architect-Engineer Firms", no contract for the construction of a project shall be awarded to the firm that designed the project or its subsidiaries or affiliates, except with the approval of the head of the agency or authorized representative. 2. Description: The Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division is seeking professional architect/engineering firms for design of Continuing Care Facilities, Phase 1. This project will construct 22,000 square feet of Continuing Care Facilities which consists of two (2) "Green House" models approximately 11,000 square feet each. The project will also include site utilities, roads, parking, and infrastructure. The new units/houses will be designed using the latest "Green House" and patient centered care concepts and contain ten (10) beds each. This project will provide preliminary site development design for six (6) future houses and the main support facility to ensure value of investment. Project design shall clearly show work required, phasing of work required, and instructions to construction contractor regarding how to accomplish the necessary renovations in a 24/7 medical environment taking into consideration demolition, dust control, infection control, and specialized facility requirements as discussed with VA staff. Also included will be limitations, work required to be completed outside of standard administrative hours, work limited to period shorter than a single shift, etc. Bid Deductions will be built into the scope of work of the project to allow for flexibility in construction award. 3. Digital copies of the as-builts are limited. The consultant will be expected to fully investigate and confirm the validity of hard copy as-builts and other drawings. This will include independent investigation of the VAMC's flat files by the consultant to determine and procure the information required for the complete design. 4. All offerors are advised that in accordance with VAAR 836.606-73 the total cost of the architect or engineer services contracted for must not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost of the construction project plus any fees for related services and activities. Additionally, FAR Clause 52.236-2 (c) - Design Within Funding Limitation, will be applicable to this procurement action. Design limitation costs will be provided to the most highly rated AE firm selected to complete the design. 5. Interested firms should submit their current SF-330 to matthew.whisman@va.gov. The SF-330s are due on September 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM (EST). Use the instructions located in section ten (10) below for submitting your SF-330. 6. Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers a. Late submission of offers are outlined at FAR Parts 52.212-1(f), 52.214-7, and 52.215-1(c) (3). Particular attention is warranted to the portion of the provision that relates to the timing of submission. b. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers. c. To avoid rejection of an offer, vendors must make every effort to ensure their electronic submission is virus-free. Submissions or portions thereof submitted and which the automatic system detects the presence of a virus or which are otherwise unreadable will be treated as "unreadable" pursuant to FAR Parts 14.406 and FAR 15.207(c ). d. The virus scanning software used by our e-mail systems cannot always distinguish a macro from a virus. Therefore, sending a macro embedded in an e-mail message or an e-mail attachment may cause the e-mail offer to be quarantined. You may send both the spreadsheet and the spreadsheet saved in PDF format to ensure that your proposal is readable. e. Password protecting your offer is not permitted. The Contracting Officer will file the offer electronically which will allow access only by designated individuals. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises at the time of submission of proposal. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz at the time of proposal submission will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-responsive. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. 7. The selection process will follow the guidance referenced within FAR 36.602-5 - Short Selection Process for Contracts Not to Exceed the Simplified Acquisition threshold. The Government will not pay, nor reimburse, any costs associated with responding to this request. The Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. Firms will be selected based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the required work. The estimated magnitude for construction (not design) of this project is between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000. However, it is anticipated there will not be a construction requirement for this project being that only legionella water mapping of three buildings and the identification of items that need to be resolved per VA Directive 1061 need to be accomplished via this project only. a. Contract Award Procedure: Before a small business is proposed as a potential contractor, they must be certified by VetBiz and registered in the System For Award Management (SAM) database. Register via the SAM internet site at www.sam.gov Failure of a proposed SDVOSB to be certified by the CVE at the time the SF 330 is submitted shall result in elimination from consideration as a proposed contractor. The proposed services will be obtained by a Negotiated Firm-Fixed Price Contract. b. The review/design of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, or other engineering features of the work shall be accomplished by architects or engineers registered in a State or possession of the United States, or in Puerto Rico or in the District of Columbia. c. The project drawings/design shall be in compliance with applicable standards and codes described in VA Program Guides and design materials. Master Construction Specifications Index, VA Construction Standards Index, VA Standards Index, and Criteria are available in the Technical Information Library (TIL) on VA Website address: http://www.cfm.va.gov/til/. 8. The awarded A/E firm will prepare drawings and specifications in sufficient detail such that qualified outside General Contracting companies can prepare accurate and timely proposals for the desired work. The awarded A/E firm is responsible for ensuring that the specifications and drawings supplied fully represent all of the work described in the Request for Proposal (RFP). The Medical Center must remain operational throughout the construction period and a detailed sequence of work will be provided by the A/E to minimize impact of the construction. The NAICS code for this project is 541330 with a small business size of $15 million. The SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, type in SF-330 in the "Find a Form" block and click on search. 9. SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection criteria for this acquisition are listed below in descending order of importance. a. Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services; b. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials; c. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time; d. Past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules; e. Location in the general geographical area of the project and knowledge of the locality of the project; provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project; f. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness; g. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services; and h. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 10. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. This is a request for SF 330's Architect/Engineer Qualifications packages only. Any requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. No material will be issued and no solicitation package or bidder/plan holder list will be issued. A solicitation will only be issued to the most highly qualified vendor. 11. Electronic Submission Requirements: Unless paper offers are specifically authorized in an individual solicitation, all responses to solicitations must be submitted electronically as described below. Responses submitted in a paper form are unacceptable and will be returned. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to noncompliance with the terms of the solicitation. You must submit your electronic offer, and any supplemental information (such as spreadsheets, backup data, technical information), using any of the electronic formats and media described below. Additionally, contractors are notified of the award via an electronic Notice of Award e-mail. The award document will be attached to the Notice of Award e-mail. a. Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers i. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Please see security note below for caution regarding use of macros. When submitting construction drawings contractors are required to submit one set in AutoCAD and one set in Adobe PDF. (purpose: contracting can open the PDF version and engineering can open AutoCAD files); ii. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater; iii. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format other than described in these instructions, e-mail the Contracting Officer who issued the solicitation. Please submit your request at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and make sure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer; and iv. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns. b. E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers. i. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation; ii. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this paragraph or in writing by a Contracting Officer; and iii. The offer will be date and time stamped by the Microsoft Email system and will be the official record of receipt for the submission. 12. Point of Contact : a. Matthew R. Whisman b. (859) 281-3883 c. E-mail questions to: Matthew.Whisman@va.gov VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.

C--Renovate Bldg 28 for Specialty Care Project # 596-16-101 Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division

Department of Veterans Affairs, Nashville VAMC | Published August 31, 2015  -  Deadline September 30, 2015
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1. Introduction: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for project number 596-16-101 that requires Architect/Engineering (A/E) Design Services to Renovate Bldg. 28 for Specialty Care at the Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330s. The A&E Services contract that is anticipated to be awarded will be procured in accordance with the Brooks Act (Public Law 92- 582), Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 36.6 and VA Acquisition Regulation 836.6. In accordance with FAR 36.209 "Construction Contracts With Architect-Engineer Firms", no contract for the construction of a project shall be awarded to the firm that designed the project or its subsidiaries or affiliates, except with the approval of the head of the agency or authorized representative. 2. Description: The Lexington VA Medical Center - Leestown Division is seeking professional architect/engineering firms to Renovate Bldg. 28 Specialty Care. This project will Renovate and Repair Bldg. 28 for Specialty Care to include clinics dental and audiology. The project renovates the 1st and 2nd floors of Building 28 for a total renovated space of about 36,000 square feet. The project will also perform repairs and replacement of the heating and cooling system, elevators, plumbing, medical gas, and electrical systems throughout the building (Ground, 1st, and 2nd floors) in order for the operation of the newly renovated clinical space. The project will also include a new drop-off driveway, entrance canopy, and exterior and interior wayfinding from campus entrance to exam room to promote patient centered care concepts and satisfaction. The 1st and 2nd floors of Building 28 are currently vacant. Approximately 4,000 square feet or less of space will become swing space for clinical use and storage for patient files and records. This project will also provide primary entrance to the 1st Floor from exterior grade. Project design shall clearly show work required, phasing of work required, and instructions to construction contractor regarding how to accomplish the necessary renovations in a 24/7 medical environment taking into consideration demolition, dust control, infection control, and specialized facility requirements as discussed with VA staff. Also included will be limitations, e.g. work required to be completed outside of standard administrative hours, work limited to periods shorter than a single shift, etc., for specific locations in the project. Bid Deductions will be built into the scope of work of the project to allow for flexibility in construction award. 3. Digital copies of the as-builts are limited. The consultant will be expected to fully investigate and confirm the validity of hard copy as-builts and other drawings. This will include independent investigation of the VAMC's flat files by the consultant to determine and procure the information required for the complete design. 4. All offerors are advised that in accordance with VAAR 836.606-73 the total cost of the architect or engineer services contracted for must not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost of the construction project plus any fees for related services and activities. Additionally, FAR Clause 52.236-2 (c) - Design Within Funding Limitation, will be applicable to this procurement action. Design limitation costs will be provided to the most highly rated AE firm selected to complete the design. 5. Interested firms should submit their current SF-330 to matthew.whisman@va.gov. The SF-330s are due on September 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM (EST). Use the instructions located in section ten (10) below for submitting your SF-330. 6. Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers a. Late submission of offers are outlined at FAR Parts 52.212-1(f), 52.214-7, and 52.215-1(c) (3). Particular attention is warranted to the portion of the provision that relates to the timing of submission. b. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers. c. To avoid rejection of an offer, vendors must make every effort to ensure their electronic submission is virus-free. Submissions or portions thereof submitted and which the automatic system detects the presence of a virus or which are otherwise unreadable will be treated as "unreadable" pursuant to FAR Parts 14.406 and FAR 15.207(c ). d. The virus scanning software used by our e-mail systems cannot always distinguish a macro from a virus. Therefore, sending a macro embedded in an e-mail message or an e-mail attachment may cause the e-mail offer to be quarantined. You may send both the spreadsheet and the spreadsheet saved in PDF format to ensure that your proposal is readable. e. Password protecting your offer is not permitted. The Contracting Officer will file the offer electronically which will allow access only by designated individuals. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises at the time of submission of proposal. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz at the time of proposal submission will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-responsive. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. 7. The selection process will follow the guidance referenced within FAR 36.602-5 - Short Selection Process for Contracts Not to Exceed the Simplified Acquisition threshold. The Government will not pay, nor reimburse, any costs associated with responding to this request. The Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. Firms will be selected based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the required work. The estimated magnitude for construction (not design) of this project is between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000. However, it is anticipated there will not be a construction requirement for this project being that only legionella water mapping of three buildings and the identification of items that need to be resolved per VA Directive 1061 need to be accomplished via this project only. a. Contract Award Procedure: Before a small business is proposed as a potential contractor, they must be certified by VetBiz and registered in the System For Award Management (SAM) database. Register via the SAM internet site at www.sam.gov Failure of a proposed SDVOSB to be certified by the CVE at the time the SF 330 is submitted shall result in elimination from consideration as a proposed contractor. The proposed services will be obtained by a Negotiated Firm-Fixed Price Contract. b. The review/design of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, or other engineering features of the work shall be accomplished by architects or engineers registered in a State or possession of the United States, or in Puerto Rico or in the District of Columbia. c. The project drawings/design shall be in compliance with applicable standards and codes described in VA Program Guides and design materials. Master Construction Specifications Index, VA Construction Standards Index, VA Standards Index, and Criteria are available in the Technical Information Library (TIL) on VA Website address: http://www.cfm.va.gov/til/. 8. The awarded A/E firm will prepare drawings and specifications in sufficient detail such that qualified outside General Contracting companies can prepare accurate and timely proposals for the desired work. The awarded A/E firm is responsible for ensuring that the specifications and drawings supplied fully represent all of the work described in the Request for Proposal (RFP). The Medical Center must remain operational throughout the construction period and a detailed sequence of work will be provided by the A/E to minimize impact of the construction. The NAICS code for this project is 541330 with a small business size of $15 million. The SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, type in SF-330 in the "Find a Form" block and click on search. 9. SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection criteria for this acquisition are listed below in descending order of importance. a. Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services; b. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials; c. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time; d. Past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules; e. Location in the general geographical area of the project and knowledge of the locality of the project; provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project; f. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness; g. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services; and h. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 10. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. This is a request for SF 330's Architect/Engineer Qualifications packages only. Any requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. No material will be issued and no solicitation package or bidder/plan holder list will be issued. A solicitation will only be issued to the most highly qualified vendor. 11. Electronic Submission Requirements: Unless paper offers are specifically authorized in an individual solicitation, all responses to solicitations must be submitted electronically as described below. Responses submitted in a paper form are unacceptable and will be returned. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to noncompliance with the terms of the solicitation. You must submit your electronic offer, and any supplemental information (such as spreadsheets, backup data, technical information), using any of the electronic formats and media described below. Additionally, contractors are notified of the award via an electronic Notice of Award e-mail. The award document will be attached to the Notice of Award e-mail. a. Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers i. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Please see security note below for caution regarding use of macros. When submitting construction drawings contractors are required to submit one set in AutoCAD and one set in Adobe PDF. (purpose: contracting can open the PDF version and engineering can open AutoCAD files); ii. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater; iii. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format other than described in these instructions, e-mail the Contracting Officer who issued the solicitation. Please submit your request at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and make sure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer; and iv. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns. b. E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers. i. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation; ii. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this paragraph or in writing by a Contracting Officer; and iii. The offer will be date and time stamped by the Microsoft Email system and will be the official record of receipt for the submission. 12. Point of Contact : a. Matthew R. Whisman b. (859) 281-3883 c. E-mail questions to: Matthew.Whisman@va.gov VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.
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