Department of Education, University of South Florida  

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    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    University of South Florida

    NOTICE TO PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

    The University of South Florida (USF), announces that continuing professional services are required for the following discipline:

    Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineers (Up to 2) University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, Sarasota, Florida (with ability to include other campuses as required).

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Projects included in the scope of this Agreement will be specific projects for renovations, alterations, new construction and additions for USF facilities that have a basic construction budget that does not exceed $2,000,000 or survey or studies for which the fee for professional services that does not exceed $200,000. Projects for USF facilities may include Teaching, Research, Health, Academic, Administrative, Recreation and Residence Life Facilities, as well as Infrastructure and Utility projects. Continuing Service contracts for these projects provide that the consultant will be available on an as-needed basis for an initial contract period of one (1) year with an Owner’s option to renew for one (1) additional year at a time up to a total of two (2) additional years. This selection is based upon Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineering services only. The Consultant(s) receiving the award will not have an exclusive contract to perform services for these projects; the USF may have additional continuing service Consultant(s) under contract during the same time period. Services required to be provided under the Continuing Service Contracts include the development of record drawings by the Continuing Service Consultant for projects designed by that consultant to reflect as-built conditions to facilitate the University’s space management program. Any new construction projects should have the ability to be USGBC LEED certified, to a minimum certification level of Silver, if required by the Owner and shall be included as part of basic services and will not be considered as an additional service.

    The Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer Continuing Services contract shall be in compliance with the selection provisions in Section 287.055, Florida Statues, and Board of Governors Regulation 14.005.

    It is the University’s responsibility to negotiate a fair, competitive and reasonable compensation per Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. A fair, competitive and reasonable compensation shall be evaluated based upon the following information: (1) Compensation on similar projects; (2) other compensation reference data; and (3) after approval of the ranking, proposals requested from the selected firms based upon an hourly/unit costs for services document to be provided at the time of negotiations.

    In addition to General Liability and Automobile Liability insurance, Blanket Professional Liability insurance will be required for this Contract in the amount of $250,000 and will be provided as a part of Basic Services.

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Firms desiring to apply for considerations to provide professional services shall submit a Request for Qualification submittal consisting of the information as required in the Submittal Requirements of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) dated September 2016, including a letter of interest, a completed USF Professional Qualifications Supplement (PQS) for Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer Continuing Services dated September 2016 with attachments, and any required or additional information within the proposal limits as described in the RFQ. Applications on any other form may not be considered. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) dated September 2016 and the USF Professional Qualifications Supplement dated September 2016 which includes project information and selection criteria, may be obtained by contacting Beverly Pinder, Facilities Planning & Management, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, B128, Sarasota, FL 34243, email bpinder@sar.usf.edu, (941)359-4518, fax: (941)359-4494. Requests for any other project information, or any questions, must be submitted in writing to the above e-mail address. Applications which do not comply with the above instructions may be disqualified. Submittals are part of the public record. Application materials will not be returned. An applicant must be properly registered to practice its profession in the State of Florida at the time of application. If the applicant is a corporation it must be chartered by the Florida Department of State to operate in Florida at the time of application.

    Request for Meetings: Requests for meetings by individual firms will not be granted. No communication shall take place between the applicants and the Selection Committee members, and employees of USF, except as provided by the USF Professional Qualifications Supplement (PQS) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) dated September 2016 (which includes project information and selection criteria).

    Submission: One (1) original and six (6) spiral-bound copies of the submittals are to be submitted to the attention of Beverly Pinder, Facilities Planning & Management, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, B128, Sarasota, FL 34243 by 2:00 p.m. ET, September 16, 2016. Facsimile (FAX) or electronic submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered. Submittals that do not comply with the above instructions may be disqualified. Submittals are not to exceed 40 single-sided pages or 20 double-sided pages, including the “USF Professional Qualifications Supplement” and letter of interest. Pages must be numbered consecutively.

    The University reserves the right to suspend, discontinue or cancel the selection process at any time and reject any or all submissions without obligation to the respondent. The Selection Committee reserves the right to waive any irregularities and may reject all proposals and stop the selection process at any time.

    PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA:

    Selection of finalists for interview will be made on the basis of professional qualifications including experience and ability, design ability, past performance, workload, volume of USF work (including USF Foundation), and location, in meeting the goals and objectives of the of the project and USF Strategic Plan.

    As part of the USF Strategic Plan, USF made a commitment to foster a diverse community distinguished by a shared purpose, collaboration, open and timely communication, mutual respect, trust, and inclusiveness. USF is an equal opportunity institution, and, as such, strongly encourages the lawful use of certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MBE) in the provision of design and construction-related services by providing a fair and equal opportunity to compete for, or to participate in design and/or construction-related services. MBE participation information for this contract shall be provided by the Civil Engineer in response to a periodic request from the University’s Supplier Diversity Manager’s office.

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

    As required by Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, a consultant 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 consultant must warrant that it will neither utilize the services of, nor contract with, any supplier, subcontractor, or consultant in excess of $25,000 in connection with this project for a period of 36 months from the date of their being placed on the convicted vendor list.

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