DESCRIPTION: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for the following services under project number 436-17-104 - Building 141 Heating System at the Fort Harrison Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is located at 3687 Veterans Drive, Fort Harrison, MT 59636. 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 SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, scroll down and locate and click on the SF330 hyperlink entitled, "Architect-Engineer Qualifications." Interested firms should submit their current SF 330, Parts I and II, to email@example.com. The SF 330s are due no later than 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time, September 9, 2015.
SCOPE OF WORK: The VA Montana Healthcare System requires the services of a qualified Architect / Engineer (A/E) firm to provide design services allowing for the rebuild of existing hydronic plumbing and control of fin-tube perimeter convectors and the connection of hydronic heating water plumbing with heating coils installed in AHUs 1-3 and VAV boxes throughout building 141 at the VA Medical Center at Ft. Harrison MT.
Project 436-05-101 Building 141 Air Conditioning saw the replacement of Air handling units and installation of VAV boxes in building 141. Reheat coil plumbing was eliminated from the project due to budgetary concerns. In 2010 a low pressure steam heating system was installed across the campus. This project will expand capacity of the existing steam to hot water heat exchangers and install hydronic plumbing necessary to connect the heating water generation system to reheat coils in the air handling units and VAV boxes.
The design of project 436-05-101 was engineered to use the previous 30 psi steam heating system to directly heat coils in AHUs 1-3 and power a shell and tube heat exchanger for VAV hydronic water. The design will have to be updated to accommodate the heating water generation system. Heating coils installed in 2005 will have to be confirmed capable of operating with heating water and new calculations performed to update the design of the heating water delivery system.
Building 141 is heated via fin-tube perimeter convectors. Existing control hardware for the convectors in many rooms is inadequate or inoperable and requires installation of new control hardware and piping. The A/E will determine which units are in need of repair and what work is needed to make all units operable. Existing heating water pumps will need the expanded capacity confirmed as well as a redesign of hardware and controls to optimize pump operation.
The A/E will update the control of the convector heating system and the AHU and VAV re-heats. Existing VAVs service multiple rooms and there is difficulty moderating heating throughout the zones. The A/E will analyze the system layout and determine critical areas which could use additional VAV boxes or powered unit heaters to better moderate heating and cooling loads such as stairwells and rooms with northeast, southwest, and exterior corner exposures. VAV control programming will need to be coordinated with room thermostats to ensure even and adequate heating across zones.
The A/E will evaluate and design improvements for all aspects of the HVAC system including exterior air intake louvers, air handler loads and characteristics, duct sensors, economizer controls, static pressure characteristics, duct leakage, VAV operation, and all physical and DDC controls with the existing Johnson Controls System. All control points of the AHUs and VAVs will be integrated with the JCI graphics and operations system. The air delivery, exhaust and heating water systems shall be tested and balanced as part of the project. Previous projects abandoned in place medium pressure steam piping. The A/E will investigate locations and possible utility of the piping, and if it's determined to be of no use to the VA develop a demolition plan for its removal.
The 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 construction work. Microsoft Project scheduling and management software will be used by both the A/E and Contractors to allow for regular tracking of schedules and work by the VAMC. Schedules with MS Project will be regularly sent to the COR upon project initiation and whenever significant changes occur in the schedule. All work must be designed within a construction cost range of between $500,000 and $1,000,000. The A/E will provide an initial itemized construction cost estimate as part of the 30% submission from which the VA may elect potential deducts equivalent to a minimum of 20% of the projected construction cost of the full scope OR expand the scope to fully utilize the anticipated budget. Deducts are expected to be incorporated in a manner that allows for segregation at the Construction Document stage. The cost estimate shall be carried forward and modified to reflect changes on each subsequent submission.
The A/E firm is required to submit six submissions of material for preliminary review at the 30%, 50%, 90%, 95%, 100%, and Final Construction Documents - Production stage for review. 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 A/E will provide documents at each submission as indicated in the statement of work.
The NAICS code for this procurement will be 541330, Engineering Services. The current small business size standard for 541330 is $15 million.
OFFERORS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
The submitted SF330s will be evaluated on the following criteria:
This acquisition will be in accordance with FAR Part 36.602-1 and VAAR Part 836.601-1. The following evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate SF 330 technical proposals:
1. 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.
2. Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services.
3. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time.
4. Past Performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules.
5. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team.
6. 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.
7. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness.
8. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services.
Criterion 1 - 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. Offerors will be evaluated on specialized experience and technical competence in the performance of services similar to those anticipated under this contract with regard to: Experience with design of similar types of facility hydronics and HVAC systems
Submission requirements: Provide up to five (5) projects completed or substantially completed within the past five (5) years that best illustrate specialized experience of the proposed team in the areas outlined above. Example projects shall note project's square footage. All projects provided in the SF 330 must be completed by the office/branch/regional office/individual team member actually proposed to manage and/or perform work under this contract. To enable verification, firms should include the DUNS number along with each firm name in the SF 330 Part 1, Section F Item 25 "Firms from Section C Involved in this Project," block (1). Include a contract number or project identification number in block 21. Include an e-mail address, and phone number for the point of contact in block 23(c). Include in the project description the contract period of performance, award contract value, current contract value, a summary of the work performed that demonstrates relevance to specialized experience as outlined above. If the contractor served as a subcontractor on a project, indicate the value of the work they provided towards the performance of the overall project. If a project was performed by a joint venture, and not all joint venture partners are on the team proposed for this contract, the offeror/team should specifically address the work performed by the joint venture partner offering/teaming on this contract. Likewise, if the offeror/team member worked as a subcontractor on a project, the description should clearly describe the work actually performed by the offeror/team member and the roles and responsibilities of each on the project, rather than the work performed on the project as a whole. If the project description does not clearly delineate the work performed by the entity/entities offering/teaming on this contract, the project could be eliminated from consideration.
NOTE: If the Offeror is a joint venture, information should be submitted as a joint venture; however, if there is no information for the joint venture, information should be submitted for either joint venture partner, not to exceed a total of five (5) projects for this criterion. Projects shall be submitted on the SF330. 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.
Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower.
All information for Criterion 1 should be submitted in Part 1, Section F of the SF330. The Government WILL NOT consider information submitted in addition to Part 1, Section F in evaluating Criterion 1.
Criterion 2 - Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. Offerors will be evaluated in terms of the qualifications, competence and experience of the key personnel and technical team proposed to accomplish this work. Key personnel are individuals who will have major contract or project management responsibilities and/or will provide unusual or unique expertise. Provide a balanced licensed and or certified workforce in the following disciplines -Mechanical and Electrical.
Submission requirements: Provide resumes for all proposed key personnel. Resumes are limited to one page each and should cite project specific experience and indicate proposed role in this contract. Provide professional registration, certification, licensure and/or accreditation. Indicate participation of key personnel in example projects in the SF 330 Part 1 Section G.
Criterion 3 - Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Firms/teams will be evaluated in terms of their ability to plan for and manage work under the contract and capacity to accomplish the work in the required time.
Submission requirements: Describe the firm's ability to concurrently perform and manage multiple projects in different locations to meet aggressive schedules, multiple disciplines, and control costs and the firm's capacity to accomplish multiple projects simultaneously.
Criterion 4 - Past Performance - Offerors will be evaluated on past performance with Government agencies and private industry in terms of work quality, compliance with schedules, cost control, and stakeholder/customer satisfaction. Evaluating past performance and experience will include information provided in Past Performance Questionnaires (PPQs) or CPARS/ACASS for Criterion 1 projects and may include other information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and other information available to the Government including contacts with points of contact in other criteria. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower.
Submission requirements: SUBMIT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION FOR EACH PROJECT UNDER CRITERION 1. IF THERE IS NOT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION, the Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) (Attachment (A)) included in this notice is provided for the offeror or its team members to submit to the client for each project the offeror includes under Criterion 1. AN OFFEROR SHALL NOT SUBMIT A PPQ WHEN A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS IS AVAILABLE. IF A CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE, ensure correct phone numbers and email addresses are provided for the client point of contact. Completed PPQs should be submitted with your SF 330. If the offeror is unable to obtain a completed PPQ from a client for a project(s) before the response date set forth in this notice, offerors should complete and submit with their responses the first page of the PPQ (Attachment), which will provide contract and client information for the respective project(s). Offerors may submit a PPQ previously submitted under a different Notice/RFP (legible copies are acceptable) as long as it is on the same form as posted with this Synopsis. Offerors should follow up with clients/references to ensure timely submittal of questionnaires. If requested by the client, questionnaires may be submitted directly to the Government's point of contact, Network Contracting Office 19, Attn: Joseph Wingfield, Contractor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the response date. Offerors shall not incorporate by reference into their response PPQs or CPARS previously submitted in response to other A/E services procurements. However, this does not preclude the Government from utilizing previously submitted PPQ information in the past performance evaluation.
Criterion 5 - Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team.
Submission requirements: Offerors shall submit evidence of individuals experience and qualifications in their respective fields. Additionally, documentation must be provided to show these individuals have worked together as a team on previous projects and their role. (Completing Sections E, F, and G, on the SF330 meets the documentation requirement). Furthermore, offerors shall describe the ability of the firm to manage, coordinate and work effectively with team members, both internal staff and consultants. Discuss the history of working relationships with team members, including joint venture partners where applicable.
Criterion 6 - Location in the general geographical area and knowledge of Fort Harrison, Montana; provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project. Provided that the application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the contract, firms/teams will be evaluated on the locations of their office or offices that will be performing the work under this contract.
Submission requirements: Indicate firms/teams location, including main offices, branch offices and any sub-consultants' offices and demonstrate how this will be advantageous to the Government. Indicate firms/teams knowledge of Ft Harrison Montana area.
Criterion 7 - Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness.
Submission requirements: Offerors shall provide documentation (awards, certificates, publications, commendations from within the community) as evidence of reputation and standing of its firm.
Criterion 8 - Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Offerors with substantiated claims against the firm as a result of improper architectural and engineering services provided in the last three (3) years.
Submission requirements: Records and any other documentation of substantiated claims highlighting improper or incomplete architectural engineering services against the firm within the last three (3) years. The SF 330 shall contain a signed and dated statement by the president of the firm affirming that there are no records of significant claims because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services.
Interviews shall be scheduled with firms slated as the most highly qualified. Firms slated for interviews may be asked to explain or expand on information contained in the SF330 submittal. Elaborate presentations are not desired.
Requirement for Electronic Submission
Unless paper offers are specifically authorized, all responses to this pre-solicitation notice must be submitted electronically as described below. The only acceptable paper form for this requirement is the receipt of past performance questionnaires. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to non-compliance 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.
In addition, 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.
Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers
1. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Access. Spreadsheet documents must be sent in a format that includes all formulas, macro, and format information. Print or scan images of spreadsheets are not acceptable. 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)
2. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater.
3. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format than those 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.
4. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns.
E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers.
a. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation. Use only one of the terms Quotation, Offer, or Bid depending on the solicitation type.
b. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this solicitation or in writing by the Contract Officer submitting the solicitation.
c. Unless approved by the contracting officer: DO NOT submit a link to your PDF documents. Please submit your request in an email for other electronic format at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and ensure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer.
The offer will be date and time stamped by the Microsoft Email system and will be the official record of receipt for the submission.
Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers
1. 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.
2. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers.
3. 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 ).
4. 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.
5. 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 Verification and Evaluation (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 Verification and Evaluation prior to contract award. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz prior to contract award 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.
852.219-10 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.