U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Design-Bid-Build Services, Modernization of the Agricultural Research Technology Center (ARTC) in Salinas, California

Agency: Department of Agriculture
State: California
Level of Government: Federal
  • Y - Construction of Structures and Facilities
Opps ID: NBD00159268979870510
Posted Date: Oct 4, 2017
Due Date: Oct 13, 2017
Solicitation No: 123K2518R0001
Source: Members Only
Solicitation Number :
Notice Type :
Sources Sought
Synopsis :
Added: Oct 04, 2017 7:59 am
This Sources Sought Notice is being issued for informational purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the USDA, ARS.

ARS is conducting a Market Survey to identify the availability and interest of all interested contractors that can meet the minimum evaluation factors below. "All interested contractors" would include large business as well as qualified Small, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HubZone), Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), certified 8(a) firms, and SBA approved Mentor-Protege firms as potential sources as potential sources for Design-Bid-Build for the ARTC Modernization, located in Salinas, CA.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this project is 236220 (Construction) with a Size Standard of $36.5 million.

The mission of the Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit at Salinas, CA is to improve germplasm of lettuce, celery, spinach and melon, determine basic biology of viral, fungal and bacterial diseases affecting these crops, develop alternatives to methyl bromide as a soil fumigant for control of soilborne pests in strawberry and vegetables, reduce post-harvest losses of lettuce, develop scientifically based organic crop production practices, develop methods for control of weeds, and improve artichoke production practices including insect and disease control.

The existing facilities at ARTC are inadequate for addressing its expanding research program. The four wood framed laboratory/office buildings constructed in the 1940s are deficient in interior air quality, and in meeting current seismic safety engineering, mechanical, electrical and building code standards. A fully completed design for the D-B-B project was completed in 2007 but the project had to be delayed. The design drawings and specifications are currently being updated by an AE firm to meet current building codes and regulations. It is ARS intention to have this construction project certified as LEED Silver.

The project scope includes the demolition of outdated buildings and the construction of two new buildings with approximately 71,000 GSF of lab and office space.

THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE ONLY. Interested firms are invited to respond to this announcement by providing responses to the following evaluation factors:
1. Firm's name, address, point of contact, phone number, and e-mail address.
2. Firm's level of interest in competing on the solicitation when it is issued.
3. Firm's Business Size - Large, Small, SDB, SDVOSB, HubZone, WOSB, Certified 8(a), or SBA approved mentor-protege.
4. Firm's Bonding Capacity (construction bonding level per contract and aggregate construction bonding level, both expressed in dollars). Note - Interested firms must meet minimum bonding requirements to be considered a potential source. If not currently bonded for $45M for a single project /$60M aggregate a letter from a surety stating their capacity for obtaining a sufficient bonding amount must be included.
5. Firm's experience in successfully completed Design-Bid-Build projects of similar size and scope. To demonstrate similar projects, examples provided should include multi-story buildings constructed on active campuses, coordination of multiple building demolition / changing staging areas, and pre and post construction site work and landscaping.

NO SOLICITATION EXISTS. THIS REQUEST IS INTENDED ONLY TO IDENTIFY SOURCES OF PROSPECTIVE DESIGN-BID-BUILD FIRMS FOR ACQUISITION PLANNING. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this sources sought announcement. The deadline to respond to this notice is 13 October 2017 by 3:00 pm EST. No site visits to the facility are permitted. Requested information shall be limited to no more than 10 pages. Interested firms are instructed to submit written responses by e-mail to Stephen.Stolte@ars.usda.gov. NO HARD COPY OR FACSIMILE SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED. Cover letters and extraneous materials (brochures, etc) will not be considered. No reimbursement will be made for any cost associated with providing information in response to this announcement or any follow-up information provided. All interested sources must respond to future solicitation announcements separately from responses to this market survey.
Contracting Office Address :
5601 Sunnyside Drive
Beltsville, Maryland 20705
United States
Place of Performance :
1636 East Alisal Street
Salinas, California 93905
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Michael W. Thompson,
Contract Specialist Support
Secondary Point of Contact :
Stephen Stolte,
Contract Specialist


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