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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-2154


Retention of Engineering Firms for Local Projects

[26 Pa.B. 6139]

Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter Counties

Reference No. 02097AG0001

   Approximately 25 municipalities, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Engineering District 2-0, will retain engineering firms to perform one or more of the following tasks concerning municipality owned bridges:

   1.  Prepare studies and plans for the replacement of municipality owned bridges.

   2.  Perform construction inspection and construction support services for municipality owned bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects.

   Separate letters of interest will be required for Task 1 and Task 2.

   The firms selected under Task 1 will be required to conduct final design to include preliminary alignment and accompanying data for Step 9; final alignment; type, size and location drawings; drainage design; hydrologic and hydraulic report; the Department of Environmental Resources waterway permits; bridge foundation report and soils borings; right-of-way plans; erosion control plans with narrative; maintenance and protection of traffic plans; structure drawings; pavement design; and construction plans, specifications and estimates. A conventional field survey will be required.

   Upon completion of final design phase, the firm may be required to perform shop drawing review, alternate design review, and general engineering services during construction.

   The firms selected under Task 2 will be required to perform construction inspection services for municipality owned bridge replacement projects. The firms may also be required to perform construction consultation services and shop drawing review and approval. The firms may be required to hold a preconstruction conference, keep records and document the construction work, prepare current and final estimates for payment to the construction contractor, obtain compliance with labor standards, safety and accident prevention, and equal opportunity provisions of the contract item; and perform other duties as may be required. Firms applying must have qualified personnel capable of climbing structures during construction of rehabilitation.

   The letter of interest for Task 2 should include the resumes of a maximum of five TCISs and five TCIs. The qualifications and experience required of the firm's inspectors will be established jointly by the Department, and the municipality, and the qualifications of the firm's proposed employes will be reviewed and approved jointly by the Department and the municipality.

   Technical questions concerning the requirements for this project should be directed to C. David Lynn, P.E., District 2-0, at (814) 765-0581.

   Questions concerning the submittal of the letter of interest can be directed to the Consultant Agreement Division at (717) 783-9309.

General Requirements and Information

   Firms interested in performing any of the above services are invited to submit two copies of a letter of interest (L.O.I.) for each work task they are interested in to:

   Department of Transportation, Engineering District 2-0, George M. Khoury, P.E., District Engineer, 1924-30 Daisy Street, P. O. Box 342, Clearfield, PA 16830.

   The cover letter should not be more than three pages. Firms will be selected for an individual project or a group of projects. Interested firms should indicate the counties, type of projects and size of projects in which they are interested. All L.O.I. will be kept on record for use by municipalities selecting consultants for a period of 1 year from the date of this advertisement. There is no Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements for this advertisement, but DBE participation may be required on the individual project.

   Preference will be given to small firms for this project. A small firm will be considered as a firm of less than 100 people. Any small firm that utilizes a subconsultant that is not considered a small firm will not be given preferential consideration. Responses are encouraged by small engineering firms, disadvantaged business enterprise engineering firms, and other engineering firms who have not previously performed work for the Department of Transportation.

   Each L.O.I. must include in the heading, the firm's Federal Identification Number and the Project Reference Number indicated in this advertisement. A Standard Form 254, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement must be submitted for the firm, each party to a joint venture and for performance of professional services regardless of whether the subconsultant is an individual, or a company. Standard Form 255, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Project,'' and two copies of Form D-427 ''Current Workload'' must also be included. D-427 Forms are available upon request from the above address.

   The Standard Form 255 must be filled out in its entirety including Item No. 6 listing the proposed subconsultants and the type of work or services they will perform on the project.

   A one page resume of key staff, maximum of four representatives for the project team, is required.

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

   The Department currently limits its participation in the renumeration 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 Department's limitations will apply to the projects advertised above unless the Department policy is revised prior to the negotiation of an agreement or contract.

   The following factors, listed in their order of importance, will be considered by the municipalities during their evaluation of the first submitting L.O.I.:

   a.  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm.

   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.  Current workload and capacity of firm to perform the work within the time limitations.

   d.  Location of consultant.

   e.  Special requirements of the project.

   f.  Other factors, if any, specific to the project.

   The L.O.I. and required forms should be submitted as soon as possible. Updated information may be submitted if the Engineer desires to present additional information concerning the firm's capabilities.

   Various sections of the L.O.I. should be prominently tabbed or identified to ease the analysis of the submission.

   The assignment of the above services will be made to one of the firms responding to this notice, but the municipalities and the Department of Transportation reserves the right to reject all L.O.I. submitted, to cancel the solicitations requested under this notice, and/or to re-advertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-2154. Filed for public inspection December 20, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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