DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY (DC WATER)
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN-BUILD) SERVICES
CONTRACT NO. 140150 – NORTHEAST BOUNDARY TUNNEL (DIVISION J)
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) requests the submittal of a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for design-build services in connection with the Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT). The NEBT will reduce flooding in the District and will control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Anacostia River. The construction for the NEBT contract includes, but is not limited to, the following: A large 23 foot diameter, 27,000 foot long tunnel excavated in soft ground, six drop shafts from 15 feet to 38 feet in diameter, one 45 foot diameter ventilation shaft, five adits that are 8 feet to 15 feet in diameter, underground connections to new adits and existing tunnel systems, five CSO diversion structures, several inlet structures and green infrastructure facilities, two below grade ventilation control facilities and a large above ground Ventilation Control Facility with odor control, utility relocations, demolition of an existing pumping station, and commissioning of the facilities. The tunnel and shaft work will require excavating, supporting and constructing permanent structures at depths ranging from 70 feet to 160 feet below existing grade. The near surface structures will require excavating, supporting and constructing permanent structures to depths of up to 70 feet below the existing grade while maintaining traffic on a major east-west arterial roadway. There are significant dewatering restrictions on the project, and robust ground improvement will be required to construct the Work. Detailed information on the scope of work, procurement process, required content of the SOQ, submittal requirements, and evaluation process are contained in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document.
After review of the SOQ’s received, DC Water will shortlist up to four teams in accordance with the evaluation criteria listed in the RFQ. DC Water will then provide a Request for Proposals (RFP) package to the shortlisted firms, who will be invited to submit a proposal. Selection of the Design-Builder will be based upon both technical and price elements in accordance with the selection criteria specified in the RFP.
The contract resulting from the RFP will be subject to Fair Share Objectives for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE and WBE). MBE and WBE objectives for professional services are 28 percent and 4 percent, respectively. MBE and WBE objectives for construction services are 32 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The program requirements are fully defined in the U.S. EPA’s Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistance Agreements – May 25, 2008.
The pre-SOQ meeting was held on July 21, 2015 for the NEBT contract. Firms wishing to submit SOQ’s should contact Ms. Kimberly Isom by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the RFQ document. The RFQ will be available for distribution on October 1, 2015. Requests must refer to Contract No. 140150. SOQs are due on November 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The SOQs shall be directed to DC Water’s Kimberly Isom located on the 2nd floor of the Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5000 Overlook Ave SW, Washington, DC 20032. Persons submitting SOQs must obtain a visitor’s pass at the Visitors Center located at the plant’s entrance.