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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-342


Retention of an Engineering or Construction Management Firm

[29 Pa.B. 1190]

Construction Inspection/Project Management Services for the Roadway and Bridge Reconstruction between Mileposts 76.00 and 85.00 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Reference No. 1-114

   The Turnpike Commission (Commission) will retain an engineering or construction management firm with full depth highway pavement replacement inspection experience to provide a staff of approximately ten field inspection personnel for the complete construction inspection, management, administration and documentation for the Roadway Reconstruction Project and Replacement of Bridges between mileposts 76.00 and 85.00, in Westmoreland County. The project is designed in metric units of measure. Construction will include widening of the median width to 5.5 meters, full depth Bituminous Roadway on a lime-pozzolan stabilized subgrade. Additional work includes the rehabilitation of four structures, replacement of the roadway drainage system, guiderail and concrete median barrier utilizing multiple stages of construction, while maintaining four lanes of traffic. The total cost of this construction contract is $45,000,000. The Consultant Agreement is anticipated to start in the fall of 1999, and terminate in the fall of 2002.

   The selected firm will be required to provide a full time onsite construction inspection staff, with sufficient office personnel, managers, engineers, technicians and clerical staff to support the field functions, and also be capable of incorporating and utilizing PTC inspectors if the Commission, at its discretion, chooses to assign one or more PTC inspectors to this Project. The selected firm will also be required to perform constructability reviews of the project documents, attend the prebid meeting and preconstruction conference, write all project correspondence and review and approve contractor's submissions. In addition, the selected firm will be required to keep records utilizing the Turnpike's Construction Documentation System (CDS) to document the construction work, prepare current and final estimates for payment to the construction contractor, prepare change orders, conduct monthly job conferences, monitor the monthly progress, provide liaison with affected utilities and communities, conduct semifinal and final inspections, determine the final quantities of each contract item, and perform other duties as may be required.

   Eighty percent (80%) of the inspection staff assigned to this Commission constructed project must meet the following Requirements:

   1.  Be certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, (NICET) as a Transportation Engineering Technician--Construction Level 2 or higher.

   2.  Be registered as a professional engineer by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 1 year highway inspection experience acceptable to the Commission.

   3.  Be certified as an Engineer-in-Training by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 2 years of highway inspection experience acceptable to the Commission.

   4.  Hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology with 2 years of highway inspection experience acceptable to the Commission.

   5.  Hold an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology with 3 years of highway inspection experience acceptable to the Commission.

   The remaining 20% assigned to this project shall meet the following education and experience requirements:

   Education--Graduation from High School or equivalent certification or formal training. Completion of a training program in construction inspection approved by the Commission may be substituted for High School graduation.

   Experience--One 1 year of experience in construction inspection or workmanship which requires reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications, or 1 year of experience in a variety of assignments involving the testing of materials used in highway or similar construction projects. A 2 to 4 year engineering college degree may be substituted for 1 year of experience.

   Questions and inquiries concerning this project should be directed to Matthew J. Wagner, P.E., at (717) 939-9551, Ext. 5210, or by email at

General Requirements and Information
For Ref. No. 1-114

   Firms interested in performing the above services are invited to submit expanded letters of interest to Michael W. Flack, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer--Construction, at the PA Turnpike Commission Administration Building located on Eisenhower Boulevard at the Harrisburg-East Interchange (No. 19). (FedEx address: Route 283 and Eisenhower Boulevard, Highspire, PA 17034) (Mailing Address: P. O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676).

   The expanded letters of interest must include the following for both the prime and all subconsultants: the project reference number on the cover, a Standard Form 254, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement, resumes of key personnel expected to be involved in the project (limit to one 8 1/2 x 11 page, one side, per person), an organizational chart, and explanation that the firm has successfully completed similar type projects of the same magnitude. If the firm has multiple offices, the location of the office performing the work must be identified.

   Firms with out-of-State headquarters or corporation not incorporated in Pennsylvania must include with each expanded letter of interest a copy of their registration to do business in this Commonwealth as provided by the Department of State.

   The Commission currently limits its participation in the remuneration of principals or consultant employes performing work on projects to $72,800 per annum or $35 per hour or their actual audited remuneration, whichever is less. The maximum indirect payroll costs (overhead) will be in accordance with the Commission's current policy.

   The following factors should be identified by the Consultant in their submission:

   (A)  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm. The firm must clearly demonstrate their capabilities of completing this project by identifying similar full depth highway pavement replacement projects that they have inspected, the magnitude of the project and the client.

   (B)  Past record of performance with respect to cost control, work quality and ability to meet schedules. The specific experience of individuals who constitute the firms shall be considered.

   (C)  Expanded letters of interest must include an indication of the prime consultant's and subconsultant's current workload for all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission projects.

   (D)  Location of consultant's office where the work will be performed.

   (E)  Listing of subconsultants intended. Any deviation from the subconsultants listed in the expanded letter of interest will require written approval from the Commission. (Please note the following DBE/MBE/WBE participation requirements)

   (F)  An organization chart for the Project, identifying key personnel. Only resumes of key personnel should be included.

   (G)  Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program

   (H)  Other factors, if any, specific to the project.

   The Commission is committed to the inclusion of disadvantaged, minority and woman firms in contracting opportunities. The minimum participation level for DBE/MBE/WBEs in this contract will be 10%. Responding firms shall identify DBE/MBE/WBE firms expected to participate in this contract, in their Expanded Letter of Interest. If the selected firm does not meet the minimum requirement for DBE/MBE/WBE participation, they will be required to demonstrate good faith efforts to achieve the required level. Proposed DBE/MBE/WBE firms must be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at the time of the submission of the Expanded Letter of Interest. If further information is desired concerning DBE/MBE/WBE participation, direct inquiries to the Office of Equal Opportunity Development, Turnpike Commission at the previous address, or call (717) 939-9551, Ext. 4241.

   The expanded letter of interest and required forms must be received by 12 p.m., Friday, March 19, 1999. Any letters of interest received after this date and time will be time-stamped and returned.

   Based on an evaluation of acceptable expanded letters of interest received in response to this solicitation, one firm will be selected for this project. The order of preference will be established for the purpose of negotiating an agreement with the highest ranked firm established by the Technical Review Committee and approved by the Selection Committee. Technical Proposals or Requests for Proposals will not be requested prior to selection.

   The Commission reserves the right to reject all expanded letters of interest, to cancel solicitation requested under this notice, and/or to readvertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-342. Filed for public inspection February 26, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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