1. CONTRACT INFORMATION: This contract is being procured in accordance with the Brooks A-E Act as implemented in FAR Subpart 36.6. Up to two firms will be selected for negotiation based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the required work. A-E services are required to provide the full spectrum of design disciplines on all or portions of Civil Works projects. The primary emphasis of A-E services will focus on Civil Works Projects; however, design services may also include construction phase services (CPS), Military Construction (MILCON) and Hazardous Toxic Radiological Waste (HTRW) projects. Task orders issued under this contract may range in scope from a small study to a new project design for Civil Works projects. The design services may include design of new facilities and/or modification/improvement of existing facilities. Demolition of existing facilities may require provisions for abatement of asbestos and/or lead based paint removal to be included in the design documents which in turn would require A-E investigation to be done. A specific scope of work and services will be issued with each task order.
This procurement will be conducted under FSC Code: C219; SIC Code: 8711; NAICS Code: 541330. The size standard for this code is $15,000,000.00. To be considered a Small Business under this NAICS Code, the respondent's average revenue for the last three fiscal years cannot be more than $15,000,000.00. Up to two contracts will be negotiated and will be awarded within one year after the required response date to this announcement. Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts will be negotiated. These contracts will be for a period of performance of up to five (5) years, consisting of a base contract period of three (3) years and an option to extend the contract term by an additional two (2) years. This MATOC will have a combined capacity of $10,000,000.00. The full $10,000,000.00 will be available for the base year and any remaining funds will carry over once the option year is exercised. The options may be exercised at the discretion of the Government.
Since more than one contract will be awarded as a result of this announcement for the same or similar work, selection for task order awards will be made as follows: (1) All awardees will be given a fair opportunity to be considered for each task order award in excess of $2,500. (2) In making selection of the awardee to receive a specific task order, the Contracting Officer will consider past performance of previous task orders, quality of previous task orders, timeliness of previous task orders, cost control, the firm's strength and previous experience in relation to the work requirements and geographic location described in the statement of work for each task order. Details of the selection process will be included in the resultant contracts. All interested Architect-Engineers are reminded that in accordance with the provisions of FAR Sections 19.7, 52.219-8, 52.219-9 or equivalent DFARS Sections, they will be expected to place subcontracts to the maximum practicable extent consistent with the efficient performance of the contract with small and small disadvantaged business. The wages and benefits of service employees (see FAR 22.1) performing under these contracts must be at least equal to those determined by the Department of Labor under the Service Contract Act, as determined relative to employee's office location (not the location of the work). To be eligible for contract award a firm or joint venture must be registered in the System For Award Management (SAM). Register via the Internet Site at https://www.sam.gov.
Contractor Performance Evaluations: In accordance with the provisions of Subpart 36.604 (Performance Evaluation of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), A-E contractors performance shall be evaluated throughout the performance of the contract. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) follows the procedures outlined in Engineering Pamphlet (EP) 715-1-7 to fulfill this FAR requirement. Performance evaluations will be prepared in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), which is a web-based system. The Architect-Engineer Contract Administration Support System (ACASS) was previously used, and CPARS is now the current platform. Engineering Pamphlet (EP) 715-1-7, Chapter 6 has not been updated, as yet to reflect this change. Past performance evaluations shall be prepared for each architect-engineer services contract of $35,000 or more. A final evaluation will be prepared for each task order exceeding $35,000.00. For this procurement, the evaluation shall be prepared after acceptance of the A-E product on each task order. Past performance evaluations may also be prepared for contracts below $35,000. After an evaluation (interim or final) is written up by the USACE, the contractor will have the ability to access, review and comment on the evaluation for a period of 30 days. Accessing and using CPARS requires specific software, called PKI certification, which is installed on the user's computer. The certification is a Department of Defense requirement and was implemented to provide security in electronic transaction. The certification software could cost approximately $100-$120 per certificate per year and is purchased from External Certificate Authorities (ECA) vendors. Current information about the PKI certification process and for contracting vendors can be found on the web site http://www.cpars.gov. If the contractor wishes to participate in the performance evaluation process, access to CPARS and PKI certification is the sole responsibility of the Contractor.
2. PROJECT INFORMATION: Task orders under this contract may include A-E services that provide the full spectrum of design disciplines on all or portions of Civil Works projects. The primary emphasis of A-E services will focus on Civil Works Projects; however, design services may also include construction phase services (CPS), Military Construction (MILCON) and Hazardous Toxic Radiological Waste (HTRW) projects. Task orders issued under this contract may range in scope from a small study to a new project design for Civil Works projects. The design services may include design of new facilities and/or modification/improvement of existing facilities. Demolition of existing facilities may require provisions for abatement of asbestos and/or lead based paint removal to be included in the design documents which in turn would require A-E investigation to be done. Civil Works project studies and designs could involve levees, floodwalls, dams, spillways, pumping stations, various mechanical gate structures, stilling basins, hydraulic flow control structures, bridges, buildings, infrastructure (road and utility) systems, operations and maintenance manuals, dam safety risk analyses, and flood damage reduction project/system risk based analysis.
Civil Works studies may also include, but not be limited to, the evaluation of flood damage and risk, preparation of engineering analysis, acquisition of geotechnical (explorations), topographic and hydrographic data, material testing results, hydraulic physical modeling results, constructability reviews, economic analysis, environmental documents and environmental restoration to include wetlands development. Input may be required by the full range of disciplines including but not limited to: civil, structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical engineering, architectural, landscape architects, hydrology, geology, seismology, surveying, mapping, construction, and cost engineering. Individual task orders may include maintenance and repair type projects and miscellaneous architectural and engineering services associated with Civil Works projects. A smaller emphasis of design services may be for Military Construction and HTRW projects.
The contractor shall be responsible for designs and drawings using computer aided design and drafting (CADD). Work may be performed in an AutoCAD, Microstation, or equal, environment. BIM work may be performed in either REVIT or Bentley BIM. GIS work may be field, desktop or Internet based. Firms may be required to develop Hyper-Text Mark-up Language (HTML) as the project medium. All final text files generated under a task order shall be furnished to the Sacramento District in Adobe Acrobat (PDF), with a working copy in Microsoft Office MS Word. Drawing files and as-built drawings shall be submitted in AutoCAD or MicroStation, in the same environment as designed, in accordance with the guidance at http://cbbs.spk.usace.army.mil/a-e_guidance.html and http://cbbs.spk.usace.army.mil/cadd.html. The target platform is a Pentium 3.0 GHz, 512 MB Ram and 40 GH Hard Drive with Windows XP Professional operating system. Drawings files produced by scanning documents or records or containing photographic images shall be delivered in PDF.
The specifications will be produced in PDF electronic digital files. Additionally, the contractor shall have the ability to deliver two or three-dimensional drawings in the AutoCAD software released 2004, or in MicroStation V8.5. The Government will only accept final documents found to be fully operational without conversion or reformatting. Responding firms must show computer and Internet capability for accessing the Criteria Bulletin Board System (CBBS) http://cbbs.spk.usace.army.mil/index.html and the Design Review and Checking System (DrChecks) https://www.projnet.org. Estimates shall be prepared using Corps of Engineers Computer Aided Cost Estimating system (M-CACES Second Generation MII) (software provided by Government) software; however training to use this software and the current pending Cost Book library will require purchasing by the Contractor. This work will include all Architectural-Engineering (A-E) and related services necessary to complete the assigned task orders for studies and designs. A specific scope of work will be issued with each task order.
3. SELECTION CRITERIA: The selection criteria are listed below in descending order of importance. Criteria" a" through "d" are primary. Criteria "e" through "f" are secondary and will only be used as tiebreakers among technically equal firms.
a. Specialized Experience and technical competence in Specialized Experience and technical competence in will provide examples of not more than ten (10) projects completed within the last 5 years that best demonstrate specialized experience and technical competency in the areas listed below. Project examples submitted should be of completed projects. All projects cited must identify start/complete dates as well as the project size (cost and scope). Please also provide the percentage of work completed by the prime contractor. Prime Contractor's that do not have specific experience in the following types of tasks will be evaluated based on their subcontractors' experience. However, projects where the prime performed 50% or more of the work with in-house forces will be weighted more heavily than projects performed predominantly by proposed subcontractors.
1. Capability and recent experience in Civil Works project studies and designs involving levees, floodwalls, dams, spillways, pumping stations, various mechanical gate structures, stilling basins, hydraulic flow control structures, bridges, buildings, infrastructure (road and utility) systems, operations and maintenance manuals, dam safety risk analyses, and flood damage reduction project/system risk based analysis. Experience with both feasibility/conceptual level design as well as design (plans and specification for construction) is preferred. 2. Capability and experience with services in support of design, such as acquisition of geotechnical (explorations), topographic and hydrographic survey, utility survey, material testing results, design reviews (quality control, constructability and Safety Assurance), economic analysis, environmental documents and assessment of environmental impacts, cost engineering (using MCACES), GIS and CADD/BIM capability. 3. Work experience within the South Pacific Division boundaries, and particularly inside the Sacramento District boundaries will be considered in determining the most highly qualified firms.
b. Firms must demonstrate professional and specialized experience for key disciplines. Evaluation of professional qualifications will consider education, training, certifications, registration, relevant experience and longevity with the firm of key technical personnel (3-year minimum is preferable). Project related experience of new employees with the firm will be considered. Experience in the discipline in which he/she will be working on should be identified. (SF 330, Part I, Sections E and G).
Qualified professional personnel who are certified, registered and highly trained in the following key disciplines: Project Management, Civil, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Geotechnical, Architectural, Geology, Seismology, Hydraulic, Hydrology, Landscape Architect, Cost Engineering, Wetland Specialist, Topographic Surveys, Bathymetrics Surveys, LEED Accredited Professionals, Geographic Information Specialist, CADD/BIM (Revit) Operator, Environmental Specialist and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
c. Past performance on Corps of Engineers, DOD and other contracts with respect to cost control, quality of work and compliance with performance schedule, as determined by CPARS/ACASS and other sources. Additionally, Past Performance Questionnaires (PPQ) may be used to provide or supplement a firm's past performance with other than U.S. Government clients. Firms which choose to use the PPQ may do so by using the attached PPQ form and providing it in your SF330. Past performance on project used to demonstrate specialized experience and technical competence will be weighed most heavily.
d. Capacity to accomplish multiple simultaneous task orders at different locations within the required timeframe, including professional qualifications of firm's staff and subcontractors to be assigned to the projects which are necessary for satisfactory performance in the required time. Firms must demonstrate the capacity to accomplish multiple location simultaneously.
e. SB and SDB Participation: [Defense PGI 236.602-1(a)(6)(C)] The extent of participation of small or disadvantaged businesses, or woman-owned small businesses, and participation of historically black colleges and universities or minority institutions in the proposed contract team, measured as a percentage of the total estimated contract efforts, regardless of whether the SB, SDB, HCU or MI is a prime contractor, subcontractor or joint venture partner. The greater the participation, the greater the consideration.
f. Volume of DOD contract awards received in the last 12 months.
4. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Interested Architect-Engineer firms having the capabilities to perform this work are invited to submit an original and THREE (3) copies of the SF330 (03/2013) Part I, and an original and THREE (3) copies of the SF 330 Part II for the prime firm and all consultants/subcontracts including related services questionnaires regarding past performance on non-Government projects to the office shown below, ATTN: Contracting A-E Team. The SF 330 shall not exceed 200 single pages (100 pages if double sided) 8 ½ x 11, not counting the cover letter, table of contents or any dividing page used to identify each SF 330 Section. Font size will be 10 or 12 font in either Times New Roman, Arial or Courier. No more than (3) three 11 x 17 pages for organization charts. Font size for tables, figures or charts is at the discretion of the submitter, but it must be legible and large enough to be easily read by the reviewer.
In block D of the SF 330, provide the quality management plan and organization chart for the proposed team. In block E of the SF 330 provide resumes for all key team members, whether with the prime firm or a subcontractor; list specific project experience for key team members; and indicate the team members role on each listed project (i.e. project manager, design engineer, etc). In block H of the SF 330 indicate the number and amount of fees awarded on DoD (Army, Navy, and Air Force) contracts during the 12 months prior to this notice, including change orders and supplemental agreements for the submitting office only.
A task specific quality control plan must be prepared and approved by the Government as a condition of contract award, but is not required with this submission.
In addition to all the hard copies of the SF 330s and attachments, ONE (1) additional copy must be submitted electronically on a CD. Please include the CD in the original SF330 binder.
The most highly qualified firm(s) may be required to provide in-person presentations prior to final selection and will be advised accordingly.
Responses received by the close of business (4:00 pm local time) the day of the closing date will be considered for selection. If the closing date is a Saturday, Sunday or Federal holiday, the deadline is the close of business on the next business day. No other notification will be made and no further action is required. Solicitation packages are not provided for A-E contracts. This is not a request for proposals. All responsible sources may submit the required SF 330 which will be considered by the agency.
Contracting Office Address:
US Army Corps of Engineers Attn: Contracting AE Team1325 J. Street Sacramento, CA 95814
5. OFFERORS QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS: Questions regarding this announcement must be in writing and addressed to Melissa DeNigris at Melissa.A.DeNigris@usace.army.mil and Carolyn Mallory at Carolyn.E.Mallory@usace.army.mil. All questions must be submitted no later than 16 May 2016 at 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST) to allow time for a response.