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Added: Mar 28, 2013 2:46 pmThe U.S. Department of State (DOS), Office of Logistics Management, on behalf of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), is seeking a qualified architectural/engineering firm (A/E), joint venture, or other such licensed professional, to provide comprehensive A/E design services for a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Beirut, Lebanon. This is a classified project. A security clearance is required. This will be a design-bid-build project. The resultant contract shall be fixed price. The estimated construction cost is $526.231 million.
Continuing a legacy of outstanding diplomatic architecture, OBO seeks to commission our nation's designers to create facilities of outstanding quality and value. The DOS project shall demonstrate true integrated design that balances aesthetics, cost, constructability, sustainability and reliability, following the Guiding Principles of Design Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities (http://www.state.gov/obo ).
The new Embassy compound will be constructed on U.S. Government-owned property located in Aoukar, approximately 11 km north of Beirut city neat the site of the existing U.S. Embassy compound. The complex of buildings will be in the range of 78,636 gross square meters in area and will include a new Chancery, General Services Office/support buildings, parking structure, TDY lodging facility, Marine Security Guard Quarters (MSGQ), Chief of Missions Residence (CMR), Deputy Chief of Missions Residence (DCMR), Staff Housing, Compound Access Control (CAC) facilities, RSO Annex, Utility Building, Community Center, and vehicular/pedestrian screening facilities. The project site is approximately 17.8 hectare (43 acres) located on a steep hillside in a neighborhood of residential and light commercial uses. The land slopes east to west with a topographic change of approximately 100 meters. This project will be designed and constructed to achieve, as a goal, a LEED Silver rating.
The A/E services required include work involving master planning, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, cost estimating and engineering disciplines for an overseas diplomatic facility. At a minimum, additional expertise is required in: information systems; telecommunications; physical and technical security; sustainable design; energy conservation; pollution prevention and the use of recovered materials; space planning; food service planning; vertical transportation; lighting design; reliability centered maintenance; design and construction scheduling; cost estimating, and value engineering.
The successful offeror will be required to have an approved local design consultant. Identifying the local consultant is not required at this time. Information on the local consultant requirement will be provided to the successful offeror when the request for proposal is issued. U.S. codes and U.S. Government requirements will apply, as will applicable local zoning and/or building codes.
The site, buildings and related facilities will be designed in hard metric (system International) units. Construction documents shall be submitted with AutoCAD Release 2011 or higher and REVIT Architecture 2011. The successful offeror will be required to use OBO ProjNet for the electronic transmission of Sensitive But Unclassified U.S. Government information and ProjNet-C for Classified U.S. Government information.
A three-stage process shall be used in the A/E award selection, as follows:
In Stage 1, prospective offerors will submit a portfolio of accomplishments that establish the design capabilities of the A/E firm and the Lead Designer(s). Offerors will be point-scored by a Technical Evaluation Panel based on criteria provided in this request for qualifications. Offerors will be ranked and a short-list published for consideration in Stage 2.
Stage 1 Submission Requirements and Evaluation Criteria
The assembled content for the Stage 1 portfolio should be no more than 60 pages, printed double-sided, in an 8 ½ x 11 format, for a total of 30 sheets, excluding tabs and dividers. The submission should include the following items, divided into tabbed sections in the order listed below:
(2) Standard Form 330, Part II Only. For the purposes of this solicitation, Firm as requested in Box 2a is defined as the individual, firm, joint venture, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity permitted by law to practice the profession of architecture or engineering that will have contractual responsibility for the project design, should the proposed offeror be selected for the contract.
(4) Lead Designer(s) Portfolio (30 points maximum). Submit a portfolio representative of the Lead Designer(s)'s ability to provide design excellence. The portfolio must comprise three projects designed in the last ten years (maximum of six pages printed on three double-sided sheets per project). The narrative shall address the Lead Designer(s)'s participation in the project, the overall design philosophy and salient features of each project; and how the client's program, image, mission, economic, schedule, maintenance, functional, and operational objectives were satisfied by the overall design/planning solution. Cite any certificates, awards, peer recognition, etc., demonstrating design excellence. The narrative shall address the Lead Designer(s)'s participation in each project. Where there is duplication with the Past Performance on Design criteria, the Lead Designer(s) shall clearly cite their responsibilities on the project.
(5) Philosophy and Design Intent (20 points maximum). The Lead Designer(s) (on a maximum of four pages printed on two double-sided sheets) shall state: the parameters of an overall design philosophy; their approach to the challenge of public architecture and related issues; parameters that may apply in creating an overseas diplomatic presence; and their commitment to integrated and sustainable design.
(6) Lead Designer(s) Profile(s) (15 points maximum). Submit a biographical sketch (maximum of four pages printed on two double-sided sheets per person) including education, professional experience, and recognition for design efforts inclusive of the portfolio examples. Identify and describe areas of responsibility and commitment to each project.
The Technical Evaluation Panel, comprised of representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Overseas Buildings Operations, shall evaluate the submissions. The Panel shall recommend a short-list of qualified firms to the selecting official for review and approval.
Following notification, the Stage 2 offerors and OBO will be required to travel to Beirut, Lebanon for a general orientation and overview of the site. A fixed stipend, in an amount yet to be determined, but intended to defray the cost of travel will be provided to offerors in Stage 2. More information will be provided to the Stage 2 short-listed offerors.
In Stage 3, the final short-list of offerors will make presentations to the Architectural-Engineering Council (AEC). The AEC will hold discussions with each of the short-listed firms. The AEC will not re-score the remaining offerors, but will make its own determination of the most highly qualified team, consistent with the announced evaluation criteria and will recommend that offeror for award to the OBO Director.
This is neither a request for proposal nor a design competition. Since a contract may result in an award over $500,000, large businesses will be required to submit a small business subcontracting plan prior to contract award. The small business size standard North American Industry Classification System code is 541310, $7.0 million average.
This selection shall be in accordance with the Brooks Act, P.L. 92-582 (40 U.S.C. 1101-1104) and FAR Part 36. After the successful offeror has been selected, the resultant contract award will be dependent on the conclusion of successful negotiations concerning level of effort and price.
In order to be eligible for award of this contract, the successful offeror(s) must possess, or be eligible to obtain, a Defense Security Service (DSS) Secret Facility Clearance (FCL), with Secret safeguarding capability, issued in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, DOD 5220.22-M. Personnel requiring access to classified information or Controlled Access Areas (CAAs) at DoS locations must possess a Secret personnel security clearance issued by the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO). Additionally, the successful offeror selected for contract award must possess, or immediately obtain an Information System (IS) or standalone computer, approved by DSS, for processing classified information. Performance on this contract will require access to the Department's ProjNet-C, for receipt and transmission of all classified information, and a DSS-approved classified IS for processing classified information. Offerors already possessing the necessary FCL should submit their appropriate Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code with their Stage 2 submissions.
Until the selected firm has been issued at least an Interim Secret FCL, and received DSS approval to safeguard classified documents, they will not receive the classified portions of the RFP requirements package. A period of 90 calendar days, from the date of sponsorship, will be allowed for an uncleared contractor to obtain a Secret FCL. If the firm has not obtained the FCL after 90 days, the Government may terminate negotiations with the offeror and may move to select another short-listed firm for award.
Foreign firms are not eligible for FCLs. Only U.S. firms organized and operating in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or a U.S. possession or trusted territory, are eligible for facility clearances. U.S. firms which are determined to be under Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) are not eligible for an FCL unless actions (as directed and approved by DSS) can be taken to effectively negate or reduce associated FOCI risks to an acceptable level. This process often takes more than the 90 calendar days allotted for clearance. Information on the clearance process can be found on the DSS website, at http://www.dss.mil, under Industrial Security.
Certain design team subcontractors/consultants may also require FCLs and personnel security clearances. The Department of State may sponsor one uncleared design subcontractor/consultant, at the request of an uncleared short-listed firm. Any other uncleared design team subcontractors/consultants must be sponsored by the short-listed firm, only after that firm receives its own FCL.
A copy of the Prohibited Countries List, from which offerors may not choose design team members, can be obtained from the Contracting Officer listed in the last paragraph of this announcement. Additionally, a citizen of Lebanon, or even a dual U.S./Lebanese citizen, may not be a Lead or Principal for the design.
Firms being considered for award under this acquisition are limited to "United States Person" offerors, as defined in the Act. The offeror(s) must complete and submit one copy as part of its qualification package the pamphlet (bound separately), Certifications Relevant to Public Law 99-399, Statement of Qualifications for Purpose of Section 402 of The Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986. (The pamphlet is attached to this announcement and may also be obtained from the Contracting Officer listed at the end of this notice.)
Offerors that meet the requirements described in this announcement are invited to submit the required Stage 1 documents. Firms shall submit four hard copies and one digital, PDF version on CD. The submission shall incorporate tabs to clearly identify the different solicitation requirements. Offerors may find a copy of the SF-330 at the following website: http://contacts.gsa.gov/webforms.nsf/0/21DBF5BF7E860FC185256E13005C6AA6/$file/SF%20330.pdf.
Offerors are advised that inaccurate or incomplete submissions, or those not meeting the submission requirements, may result in immediate disqualification.
All submissions listed in Stage 1 (including one hard copy, separately bound, of the statement of qualifications of P.L. 99-399), must be received by 10:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on
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1735 N. Lynn St.
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Brian F Mulcahy,
March 28, 2013
May 01, 2013 10:00 am Eastern
Automatic, 15 days after response date
May 16, 2013
Original Set Aside:
C -- Architect and engineering services
541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541310 -- Architectural Services