C1DA--PN 544-23-120 AE Design Renovate Basement of Bldg B101 (VA-23-00061929)


Subject: C1DA--PN 544-23-120 AE Design Renovate Basement of Bldg B101 (VA-23-00061929)
Solicitation Number: 36C24723R0100
Notice Type: PRESOL
NAICS: 541330
Set-Aside: Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
Notice Published: 05-14-24
Response Due: 07-27-23

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VETERANS AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF
Contact: Jennifer Smith, Contracting Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph: (402) 599-2178
Office Address: AUGUSTA, GA 30904
Place of Performance: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Health Care System 6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209

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        05-14-24 PRESOL


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Presolicitation Notice Presolicitation Notice Page 12 of 12 Presolicitation Notice *=Required Field Presolicitation Notice Page 1 of 12 DESCRIPTION This Pre-solicitation Notice is NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. ALL INFORMATION NEEDED TO SUBMIT SF330 DOCUMENTS ARE CONTAINED HEREIN. NO ADDITIONAL SOLICITATION PACKAGE OR TECHNICAL INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED. Project: 544-23-120 AE-Renovate Basement Bldg 101 Work Location: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC Estimated/Target Completion Period: 300 calendar days after Award. Construction Magnitude: Between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 NAICS: 541330 Engineering Services Small Business Standard: $25.5 Million Set-Aside: 100% Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Site Visits will not be arranged during this phase. The anticipated award date of the proposed A-E Contract is on or before November 01, 2023. SF 330 Date of Receipt/Due Date: Interested firms having the capabilities to perform this work must submit one (1) electronic SF330 and attachments if any) no later than (NLT) 2:00 PM (EST) July 27, 2023. PROJECT OVERVIEW: Provide Professional Architect/Engineer (A/E) and healthcare planning services necessary to renovate the basement of building 101 including associated support spaces. Building 101 is the Med School library building which currently occupies the 1st through 3rd floors. This project is to renovate the basement to create a VA compliant space for administrative activities. Project Goals Maximize the space available Improve the appearance and aesthetic features Increase infrastructure capacity and improve existing system configurations Improve interior and exterior wayfinding and access. Decrease sound transmission Bring all spaces to VA standards Project Objectives The project design shall account for: 20 single office spaces One large conference room with multiple screens and teleconferencing One small conference room with single screen and teleconferencing One break area with sink, upper and lower cabinets, countertops, hot and cold-water supply, garbage disposal, and convenience outlets One plotter location One administrative storage and one house cleaning closet One new electrical room New interior signage throughout. Two exterior signage locations The project design must provide upgrades for: New ceiling tile New ceiling LED lighting with dimmers New flooring and base New doors and hardware The project design must correct the following: Sound transmission dampening between offices Uneven heating, cooling, air flow, and temperature control Insufficient quantity of electrical panels and breakers, overloaded circuits. New and relocation of existing circuits and data jack locations. Access control and access request notification Improperly switched lighting SDVOSB SET-ASIDE: This requirement is a 100% set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 8127(d). To be eligible for award the SDVOSB you must be considered small under the relevant NAICS code. SDVOSB contractors must be verified and viewable in Small Business Administration Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) database https://veterans.certify.sba.gov prior to submission of proposal and prior to award of contract with VAAR 804.1103-70. Status as a qualified SDVOSB concern is under the authority of 38 CFR Part 74 in accordance with the VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Part 819. Any person, persons, or business entity suspected of misrepresenting itself for the purpose of securing a government contract may be criminally investigated and prosecuted for fraud against the United States of America. Parties found misrepresenting their status also risk debarment from further Government contracts. Eligible SDVOSB concerns must also be registered at the following websites: System for Award Management (SAM): https://www.sam.gov/ VETS100/100A Report must be complete: http://www.dol.gov/vets/vets4212.htm Important Notice: Prior to submitting a proposal under this SDVOSB set- aside solicitation; offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Small Business Administration 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. All offerors are urged to contact the SBA and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. For a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) to be considered as a prospective contractor, the firm, including Joint Ventures, must be verified and registered in the Small Business Administration Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) database (https://veterans.certify.sba.gov) and registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database (www.sam.gov) at time of submission of their qualifications. Failure of a prospective SDVOSB to be verified by the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) at the time the SF 330 is submitted shall result in elimination from consideration. All Joint Ventures must be CVE verified at time of submission and submit agreements that comply with 13CFR 125.15 prior to contract award. In order to assure compliance with FAR Clauses, 52.219-14 Limitations on Subcontracting (DEVIATION 2019-01) and VAAR 852.219-73, VA Notice of Total Set-Aside for Veteran Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (Nov 2022), all firms submitting a SF 330 for this pre-solicitation notice are required to indicate what percentage of the cost of contract performance will be expended on the concerns employees and in which discipline(s) and percentage of cost of contract performance to be expended (and in what disciplines) by any other consultant/subcontractor or otherwise used small or large business entity(s). Any consultant/subcontractor or otherwise business entity(s) used must be identified by name, office location and size/type of business (i.e. SDVOSB, VOSB, 8(a), small, large, etc.). Failure to provide this information will deem the firm s SF 330 submittal as nonresponsive and preclude further evaluation. SF 330 SELECTION CRITERIA: The VA will utilize the following selection criteria in descending order of importance. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required. Submission requirements: SF 330 information shall be provided per the latest format from the GSA Library located at https://www.gsa.gov/forms-library/architect-engineer-qualifications. Complete using blocks F. and H. of the SF330 form. Complete block F. for each relevant project. Complete block H. summary sheet for the Offeror and each key consultant; each summary sheet shall be not more than one (1) page in length, and no more than fifteen (15) pages total. Submit no more than five (5) projects similar to work in the solicitation from the date the solicitation closes to five (5) years prior; At minimum, three (3) projects must have construction completed or construction substantially (50%+) complete; Projects/data submitted shall be projects with total construction costs of one million dollars and greater; Projects may include Federal, State, or local Government, as well as private industry projects. Offerors are responsible for providing project description and applicable information in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of project relevancy versus these minimum requirements. Basis of Evaluation: Specialized experience pertains to the types, size, volume, budget, and complexity of work previously or currently being performed by the Offeror that is comparable to the work covered by this solicitation. Specialized experience may also include unique conditions, considerations, or circumstances encountered that are relevant to this solicitation. Specialized experience does not include overseas offices for projects outside the United States, its territories, or possessions; nor does it include subsidiaries that are not normally subject to management decisions, accounting, and policies, or a holding or parent company or an incorporated subsidiary that operates under a firm name different from the parent company. Technical competence includes construction and design projects similar in project scope, size, construction features, dollar value, and complexity of that listed in the solicitation. Technical competence also includes experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. Similar complexity is considered projects of an operational, construction, or design likeness to the work covered in this solicitation. Specific emphasis of experience and technical competence shall be geared towards seismic design/retrofit, fire protection, and healthcare design/planning (including fixtures, furniture, and equipment). Offerors unable to demonstrate proven specialized experience and technical competence may be considered non-responsive or scored negatively. Failure to provide requested data may negatively impact an Offeror's rating. Past Performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality work, and compliance with performance schedules. Submission requirements: Complete using block H. of the SF 330 describing the Offeror s past performance. The summary sheet shall be not more than two (2) pages in length. Provide a Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) for each submitted project under Specialized Experience criteria, above. PPQs must be incorporated into the submission; PPQs will not count towards page limitations. Data from other projects not included under Specialized Experience criteria are acceptable (such as cost control or schedule delays) in tables or charts. Basis of Evaluation: Past performance is a measure of the degree to which an Offeror satisfied its customers needs and requirements and compliance with applicable codes, standards, laws, and regulations. The evaluation of past performance will include but is not limited to: The customer s assessment of the Offeror's commitment to customer satisfaction; Timely delivery of quality work; The Offeror's record of conforming to contract requirements and applicable codes, standards, laws and regulations; Successful implementation of a quality control plan and quality control procedures; Addressing design errors/omissions timely; Providing Construction Period Services satisfactorily to customers; Adherence to approved schedules; and, History of timely and professional communication and cooperative behavior. Include information on problems (errors/omissions) found, how the problems were corrected, and the impacts to the successful completion of the project (time delays, cost impacts, design modifications, etc.). Provide information supporting favorable cost control, quality of design submissions, and schedule compliance. Offeror risks receiving a lower rating if fewer than three (3) PPQs are provided or if the PPQs were not completed by project point of contact. Include a discussion on the Offeror s record of significant claims for improper or incomplete design services. Higher ratings may be given for work performed on VA Medical Center campuses. Failure to provide requested data or to provide an accessible point of contact (POC) may negatively impact an Offeror's rating. Failure to demonstrate proven competence to perform projects like the requirements of the solicitation may be considered ineligible for award. Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. Submission Requirements: Complete using block E. of the SF 330. Submit personal resumes and relevant information for key and responsible personnel. Block E. shall be not more than one (1) page in length per individual, and not more than fifteen (15) total pages. Basis of Evaluation: Evaluation of professional qualifications will include but is not limited to the subjective assessment of the Offeror's individual resumes. The Offeror shall have a professional engineer, currently registered in any state or territory of the United States, knowledgeable in their registered design discipline, to be the lead designer responsible for reviewing and approving design submissions. The Offeror shall have a professional engineer, qualified and knowledgeable of state and local regulations, be the lead designer responsible for reviewing and approving design submissions and facilitating permit documentation (depending on the nature of the design i.e. environmental, stormwater, etc.). Key personnel to provide qualifications to meet this criterion include Principal(s), Project Manager(s), key consultants, individuals responsible for implementation of the Design QA/QC Plan, and other individuals that are responsible or accountable for design submissions. The Offeror shall describe and/or depict which projects and how well key personnel of the design team have worked together. Higher ratings for this criterion may be given when the Offeror's specific personnel demonstrate relevant credentials, such as involvement and degree of involvement in professional organizations, research/publications, code/standard body involvement, etc. Offerors unable to demonstrate professional qualifications necessary to perform designs may be considered non-responsive . Failure to provide sufficient data supporting professional qualifications may negatively impact an Offeror's rating. Experience in construction period services. Submission Requirements: Complete using block H. of the SF 330. Provide a narrative that describes the Offeror s performance completing Construction Period Services (CPS) for construction for each submitted project under Specialized Experience criteria, above. Narrative shall be not more than one (1) page in length. Basis of Evaluation: Includes professional field inspections during the construction period, review of construction submittals, support in answering requests for information during the construction period, and support of construction contract modifications to include drafting statements of work, and cost estimates shall be included as an evaluation criterion when construction period services is included in the statement of work for A-E services. Evaluation of the Offeror s knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete necessary CPS to support successful project completion. Provide a narrative describing the below services, but not limited to: Professional field inspections, both scheduled and emergent; Maintaining a comprehensive submittal log inclusive of material data, shop drawings, certifications, etc.; Review of construction submittals for design conformance, variance, and applicable code/standard compliance; Providing timely and complete responses to requests for information; Providing supporting documentation (statements of work, cost estimates, technical reports, etc.) for construction modifications; Providing record drawing documentation; Process for correcting design errors/omissions identified during construction; and, Other requirements defined under CPS in the Statement of Work. Location in the general geographical area of Columbia, SC, and knowledge of the locality of the W.B.J Dorn VA facility: Submission Requirements: Complete using block H. of the SF 330. Provide a narrative that describes the Offeror s experience in the Columbia, SC geographical area. Narrative shall be not more than one (1) page in length. Basis of Evaluation: Offerors will be subjectively evaluated based on their knowledge (and the knowledge of subcontractors) of unique conditions or variables, such as familiarity of applicable codes, regulations, construction market & labor conditions, geotechnical, seismic, weather, environmental, or other unique considerations found in Columbia, SC and the geographical area. If prior experience in Columbia, SC is minimal, describe how the design team plans to obtain specific knowledge of local conditions or project features required for a compliant design. Data from other projects and locations are acceptable to highlight knowledge of the Columbia, SC geographical area or areas of similar nature. Offerors that submit relevant projects outside of the Columbia, SC geographical area may be given a lower rating than projects within the Columbia, SC geographical area. Implementation of a Design Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Plan. Submission Requirements: Provide a preliminary Design QA/QC Plan and any associated procedures to be utilized for this solicitation. Provide a summary sheet depicting the successful implementation of the Design QA/QC Plan. The summary sheet shall not be more than one (1) page in length. Basis of Evaluation: Provide a Preliminary Design QA/QC Plan and associated procedures to be utilized on this solicitation that demonstrates that the design submissions, drawings, plans, specifications, submittal logs and other relevant information will go through a rigorous review process and coordination effort within the A/E firm and with subcontracted firms. Denote industry standards, best practices, and performance improvements taken to increase efficiency and quality, Identify the roles and responsibilities of the major personnel of the Offeror. It is expected that a Principal of the Offeror, knowledgeable and engaged with the project, reviews and approves submissions prior to their submission. Identify the key personnel that are expected to be accountable for the implementation of the QA/QC plan and responsible for completion of contract requirements. Depict the successful implementation of the QA/QC plan/procedures in the submitted relevant projects. Failure to provide QA/QC plan/procedures for each project may negatively impact an Offeror s rating. Describe the process for finding and mitigating design errors/omissions during design. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Submission Requirements: Complete using block H. of the SF 330. Provide a narrative that describes the Offeror s work capacity. Narrative shall be not more than one (1) page in length. Basis of Evaluation: Identify the Offeror s past, present and projected future workload, including VA contracts over the previous 12 months. Describe the Offeror s capacity to incorporate this solicitation s work while meeting prescribed dates for current workload. Each key team member to include % of available capacity to take on new projects. Evaluation of this factor will be an assessment of the Offeror s ability to complete design documents within the period of performance and meet solicitation requirements. Data is acceptable in tables or charts. Higher ratings may be given for this criterion when information provided exceeds the minimum requirements. The extent to which potential contractors identify and commit to the use of service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses, Veteran-owned small businesses, and other types of small businesses as subcontractors: Submission Requirements: Complete using block H. of the SF 330. Provide a narrative that discusses the Offeror s approach. Narrative shall be not more than one (1) page in length. Offeror s shall complete and submit the following statement in block H. : I [signatory authority], of [Offeror Company or Joint Venture] certify that the team proposed to perform under this requirement demonstrates the capability of 50% SDVOSB performance in compliance of 48 CFR 852.219-10 . Basis of Evaluation: Offerors shall be evaluated based on their utilization plans for service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs), Veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs), or other types of small businesses. Offerors shall be evaluated on the expected amount of work versus key personnel to verify the above signatory statement. If less than 50% of work is estimated to be performed by the prime SDVOSB, the Offeror may be given a lower rating. Offerors shall submit qualifications for proposed consultants per other criteria in this solicitation. SELECTION PROCESS: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 36.6 (Brooks Act) selection procedures apply. The A-E Services listed herein is being procured in accordance with the Brooks Act (Public Law 92-582) as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 36.6 and VAAR 836.6. Pursuant to FAR, the firm responding to this requirement must be permitted, by law, to practice the professions of architecture or engineering and meet all required qualifications for the state of South Carolina. Firms responding to this announcement by submitting a qualifying SF 330, before the closing date and time, will be considered for initial selection evaluation. Following initial evaluation of the SF330s received, three or more firms that are considered the most highly qualified to provide the type of services required will be selected for interviews. Selected firms will be notified by email of selection and provided further instructions. Selection and evaluation of firms shall be made based on SF 330 submissions and direct responses to the selection criteria identified herein. Failure to address all selection criteria will result in a decreased rating. Evaluating past performance and experience may include information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and Contracting Officer knowledge of current project performance. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being removed from consideration. Firms that design or prepare specifications in conjunction with this contract are prohibited from participating on any future construction contracts based on those documents. All projects identified on the SF330 must be completed by the office/branch/individual team member performing the work under this contract. SUBMISSION CRITERIA/REQUIREMENTS: The SF 330 form may be downloaded from http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/SF. Completed SF 330 s shall include the primary firms, subcontractor firms and any consultants expected to be used on the project. Do not submit information incorporating by reference. Prospective firms shall address all selection criteria factors within their submitted SF330 packages. Email capacity is limited to five (5) to seven (7) megabytes (Megs). The following format shall be used: Cover Page with Solicitation Number, Project Title Table of Contents SF 330 s Copy of Current A/E License Copy of current vetBiz.gov SDVOSB certification UEI Number Cage Code Tax ID number The E mail address and Phone number of the Primary Point of Contact. All SF330 submittals and questions must be sent electronically to the attention of Jennifer Smith, Contract Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please provide Pre-Solicitation Number, Project Number, Project Title, and Firm Name in Subject Line of email. When submitting SF330s, if more than one email is sent, please number emails in Subjects as 1 of n . Submittals received after the date and time identified on page one (1) will not be considered. Firms not providing the required information may be negatively evaluated. Facsimile submittals will not be accepted. All information must be included in the SF330. The SF-330 including title page, table of contents, and any other relevant information shall not exceed a total of 50 pages in a common font size 12 font, single spaced. The proposal shall be submitted as a single application-generated (not scanned), searchable PDF document. A page is defined as each face of an 8.5 X 11-inch sheet of paper containing information. The page limitation does not apply to the licenses, contract performance evaluations, (i.e., CPARS) and award documentation. This information should be provided as attachments to the SF 330. It is the offeror s responsibility to check the SAM.GOV Contracting Business Opportunities website at: www.sam.gov for any revisions to this announcement prior to submission of SF330s. ATTACHMENTS: See attached document: AE Past Performance Questionnaire and Cover Letter.