Department of Education, University of Florida  



    University of Florida




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

    Project: UF-590, College of Veterinary Medicine – Clinical Techniques and Skills Assessment Laboratory (Gainesville, FL – Main Campus)

    This project is reserved for participation by either a Small Business or a joint venture between a Small Business and a Large Business as described in the Project Fact Sheet. The project consists of a second and third floor addition to the existing College of Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (“CVM”) building 1017. The second floor is a Clinical Techniques and Skills Assessment Lab, which is a CVM accreditation requirement for 2015. The third floor is to increase quality research labs in support of the growth of research, specifically in the One Health area, of which the UF CVM is the lead college for the current UF preeminent hire program for One Health.

    The total project budget is $4,000,000.00 including site improvements, underground utilities, fees, surveys & tests, total project comissioning, furnishings & equipment, and contingencies.  Construction shall be “fast-tracked” to December 2014 and be completed in July 2015. (Gold) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council is mandatory.

    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 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 in the amount of $1,000,000 will be required from the architect, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and structural engineering sub-consultants for this project and will be provided as a part of Basic Services. The professional liability insurance for these sub-consultants must be provided by carriers with an A.M. Best rating of A-XV and proof must be provided in the submittal. 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 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.

    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 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 and consultants) from the appropriate governing board.

    6.              Proof of bonding capacity and proof of all design entities’ or consultants’ (architecture and engineering) ability to be insured for the level of professional liability coverage as specified in the Project DBQS instructions.

    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, UF Design 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 UF Planning Design & Construction website.

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

    Electronic submission of the required proposal must be received by the University of Florida Planning, Design, & Construction Division at no later than the deadline of 3:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 per the Fact Sheet Process Information instructions. File size for electronic submittals must not exceed 30Mb. Hard-copy or facsimile (FAX) submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered.

    The schedule of the selection process is as follows:

    Questions tendered in writing (email sufficient) by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 will be answered in an addendum by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    Applications due: August 6, 2014, 3:00 p.m. local time, electronic address listed above

    Shortlist meeting: August 14, 2014, 9:30 a.m., UF PD&C, 235 Stadium

    Final Interviews: August 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m., UF PD&C, 235 Stadium

    Selection Deliberations/Scoring: continuously through interview process following each discipline’s interviews

    Further information may be obtained from the UF PD&C website:, or by contacting David Wood, Project Manager, UF Planning, Design, & Construction, 245 Gale Lemerand Drive, Box 115050, Gainesville, FL 32611, Phone: (352)273-4440, email:

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