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Solicitation Number: VA-786A-08-RI-0042
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VA National Cemetery Administration Construction Support Division
Location: VA National Cemetery Administration
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Added: March 18, 2008
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT DIVISION (41D3B) 810 VERMONT AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20420 DATE: MARCH 17, 2008 TO: SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES SUBJ: POTENTIAL ACQUISITION OPPORTUNITY - CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FOR THE DESIGN-BUILD, OFF LOADING AND INSTALLATION OF APPROXIMATLEY 7600 GOVERNMENT FURNISHED PREPLACED CRYPTS, DRAINAGE ITEMS, EXCAVATION, BACKFILLING AND GRADING, LANDSCAPING AND IRRIGATION AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF ARIZONA IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA. In an effort to enhance opportunities for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and increase the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accomplishments in this important socioeconomic category, VA's National Cemetery Administration is performing preliminary market research to gauge the level of interest and capabilities of SDVOSBs with regards to an upcoming acquisition for Design-Build Construction Services at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona. The findings of the preliminary market research will be used in considering a 100% set aside for SDVOSBs. ALL POTENTIAL OFFERORS SHOULD REGISTER WITHIN VETBIZ.GOV. NO FUTURE AWARDS CAN BE MADE TO SDVOSBS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED AND THEIR VETERAN STATUS VERIFIED. THE ADDRESS IS THE FOLLOWING: HTTP://VIP.VETBIZ.GOV NAICS code for this acquisition is 237990. The Size Standard is $31 Million. The magnitude of this project is between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000. Project is subject to the availability of funds. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Contractor shall provide all design-build professional services, labor, materials, tools and equipment to off load and install 7,600 government furnished pre-cast concrete lawn crypts including excavation, under drainage, backfilling and establishment of lawn. Project also includes site preparation and erosion control, burial section layout, backfilling and grading, protection and or restoration of existing irrigation system. REQUIRED RESPONSES: Your review of this information and response to the following questions will be very helpful in determining if this acquisition may be set-aside exclusively for competition among SDVOSBs. Please review the specifications and technical requirements carefully before responding to this e-mail. If the question is not applicable, please indicate ''N/R' in your reply to that question: (1) Has your firm, as a prime contractor, whether individually or through a formal joint venture, teaming agreement, or under subcontract to a Federal prime contractor, provided construction services for projects of similar size and scope as described in the brief description of project above including design-build? If yes, please provide the following information on your three most recent projects: (a) Contracting agency address and contracting officer's name and telephone number. (b) Contract Number, date and amount of award, date of completion. (c) Was your company the prime or a subcontractor? If you were a subcontractor provide the company name, telephone number, and a point of contact of the prime contractor. (d) Description of items/services provided under the contract. (e) If any bonding was provided, what was the amount of bonding? (f) If performance was as a subcontractor, please provide the name, address and telephone number of the point of contact at the prime contractor. (g) State whether or not there were any performance issues under the contract which resulted in the issuance of a Cure Notice or Show Cause Notice by the contracting officer. Reply (1): (2) Please list all current contracts and amount of bonding provided for each contract Reply (2): (3). If your responses to (1), (2) or (3) above is in the affirmative, please provide the prices paid to your firm by the Federal Government or the Federal Governments prime contractor for construction services. If services were performed by your company for a commercial contractor, please indicate prices paid to your firm by the company. Reply (3): (4) If your firm has never contracted with the Federal Government as a prime contractor, or as a subcontractor to a prime Federal, have you provided construction services to commercial sources? If so, please provide the specifics in terms of the largest customers of these services. If any bonding was provided, what was the amount of bonding? Please include any information relevant to any potential difficulties you note with complying fully with the Statement of Work and specifications. Reply (4): (5) In order to determine if an acquisition can be set-aside for SDVOSB, the contracting officer must determine that there are a sufficient number of SDVOSB capable of performing the contract requirement and that award can be made at a reasonable, fair market price. To that end, please provide your firms individual and aggregate contract bonding capacity. Reply (5): (6) Has your firm ever been terminated for cause or default from a contractual arrangement, whether Federal or private sector, as a result of failure to perform, poor quality and workmanship provided, etc.? If so, please provide the specifics. Reply (6): (7) Has your firm, or any firm that you would potentially joint venture or team with for a large acquisition of construction services or for any acquisition ever bid on a Federal acquisition and been determined non-responsible by the contracting officer and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) failed to issue a Certificate of Competency to your firm or teaming partners when the matter was referred to SBA for review and consideration? Reply (7): PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR RESPONSES AND ANY RELEVANT INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE OR OTHER QUALIFICATIONS REGARDING THE DESIGN-BUILD CONSTRUCTION SERVICES REQUESTED, NO LATER THAN MARCH 31, 2008, AT 2:00 EST TO DANA.IVEY@VA.GOV. THE EMAIL SHOULD BE ENTITLED, "NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF ARIZONA 7,600 CRYPTS - SOURCES SOUGHT." Do not send hard copy advertising or promotional materials. Please ensure that all responses are comprehensive and provide a name and point-of-contact for your firm for follow-up by this office or the procuring contracting officer. If you have responded to any previous e-mail messages or had other communications with our office regarding preliminary market research for this construction project, please be advised that it will be necessary for you to respond to this e-mail and the questions contained therein. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS SUCH. All information is to be provided on a voluntary basis at no charge to the Government. There is no entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs related to or arising out of responding to this request for information. All information provided becomes property of the Government. There is no guarantee, expressed or implicit, that the market research for this acquisition will result in a SDVOSB set-aside sole source award, or any other guarantee of award or acquisition strategy.
Department of Veterans Affairs;National Cemetery Administration;Construction Support Division (41D3B);810 Vermont Avenue, NW;Washington DC 20420
DANA W. IVEY, CONTRACTING OFFICER phone: 202-565-7063 fax: 202-565-4211

Dana W. Ivey, Contracting Officer