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    The University of Florida Board of Trustees announces that Design-Build services will be required for the project listed below:

    Project: UF-373, Special Collections Building (Florida Museum of Natural History, Main Campus, University of Florida)

    The new two-story, Special Collections building will be approximately 30,000 GSF and will have a receiving area for the specimens/collections as well as a compact storage shelving system specifically designed for museum collections. Offices for staff working with the collections as well as lab/work areas will be designed to optimize efficiency, adjacencies and collaboration.  The facility needs access to the existing Powell Hall and will be designed for future expansion.

    The estimated project budget is firm at $6,280,000.00 including all design, engineering, site improvements, underground utilities, landscaping, data/communications, impact fees, permitting fees, etc.  The project will be delivered using the Design-Build and is scheduled to begin design in November 2019 with construction commencing around August 2020.  Gold certification from Florida Green Building Coalition will be required.

    The contract for design/build services will consist of two parts.  Part one services include design, construction administration, value engineering, constructability analyses, development of a cost model, estimating, and the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) proposal based on 100% Construction Documents, for which the design-builder will be paid a fixed fee.

    If the GMP is accepted, part two, the construction phase, will be implemented.  In part two of the contract, the Design-Builder becomes the single point of responsibility for completion of the construction documents, performance of the construction of the project and shall publicly bid trade contracts.  Failure to negotiate an acceptable fixed fee for part one of the contract, or to arrive at an acceptable GMP within the time provided in the agreement may result in the termination of the Design-Builder’s contract.

     Blanket design professional liability insurance will be required from the architect,mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, structural, landscape, and civil engineering consultants for this project and will be provided as a part of Basic Services.  The selected applicant will also be required to provide insurance coverage for General Liability, Automotive Liability, Workers’ Compensation, and Builder’s Risk.

    Plans and specifications for University of Florida projects are subject to reuse in accordance with the provisions of Section 287.055, Florida Statutes.

    Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their past performance, experience, personnel, design and construction ability, references, bonding capacity, workload, and responses to questions posed both in the shortlist and interview phases. The Selection Committee may reject all proposals and stop the selection process at any time.

    At the time of application, the applicant must be licensed to practice as a general contractor in the State of Florida and the applicant or its architectural, landscape architectural, and engineering consultants must possess current design licenses from the appropriate governing board and be properly registered to practice its profession in the State of Florida. If the applicant is a corporation, it must be chartered by the Florida Department of State to operate in Florida.

    Applicants desiring to provide Design-Build services for the project shall submit a proposal only after thoroughly reviewing the facilities program, Project Fact Sheet, and other background information.  The proposal shall be prepared as specified in the DBQS Instructions and shall include:

    1.    A Letter of Application that concisely illustrates the applicant’s understanding of the scope of services, schedule, and other goals and considerations as outlined in the Project Fact Sheet and facilities program.

    2.    Company information and signed certification.

    3.    A completed, project-specific "Design-Builder Qualifications Supplement” (DBQS) proposal.  Applications on any other form will not be considered.

    4.    Resumes, LEED or FGBC accreditation, and other pertinent credentials for all proposed staff (applicant and consultants).

    5.    Proof of the applicant’s corporate status in Florida (if applicable) and copies of current licenses for all construction, architectural, landscape architectural, and engineering entities (applicant firm and consulting firms) from the appropriate governing board.

    6.    Proof of bonding capacity and proof of design consultants’ (architecture and engineering) ability to be insured for the level of professional liability coverage demanded for this project.

    As required by Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, an applicant may not submit a proposal for this project if it is on the convicted vendor list for a public entity crime committed within the past 36 months.  The selected Design-Builder must warrant that it will neither utilize the services of, nor contract with, any supplier, subcontractor, or consultant in excess of $15,000.00 in connection with this project for a period of 36 months from the date of their being placed on the convicted vendor list.

    Incomplete proposals will be disqualified.  Submittal materials will not be returned.

    Additional information to assist the applicant in preparing a complete proposal – including the project-specific DBQS forms, Instructions, Project Fact Sheet, Facilities Program, UF Design and Commissioning Services Guide, UF Design and Construction Standards, standard University of Florida Owner-Design/Builder agreement, and other project and process information – can be found on the Planning Design & Construction website.

    Finalists may be provided with supplemental interview requirements and criteria as needed.

    Provide the number of copies prescribed in the Project Fact Sheet.  Submittals must be received in the Planning Design & Construction office by 1:30 PM local time, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Facsimile (FAX) submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered.

    Planning Design & Construction, 245 Gale Lemerand Drive / P.O. Box 115050, Gainesville, FL 32611-5050, Telephone: (352)273-4000, Internet:

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