Notice of Consulting Services
Notice is hereby given by the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, that engineering consulting services will be utilized for the following project:
State Project U219-340-13.77 00, US 340 Operational Improvements, located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Loudoun County, Virginia and Washington County, Maryland. The project begins at the intersection of Washington Street and Shore Line Drive in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, runs through Purcellville, Virginia, and ends at the intersection of Keep Tryst Road and Valley Road in Knoxville, Maryland. The project shall consist of the development of a Preliminary Investigation & Engineering (PIE) Study to identify sites to improve the operational and safety performance of US 340. At a minimum, the PIE Study shall consist of the preparation of feasibility reports/studies and construction estimates for proposed improvements on the route along with any subsequent surveying, mapping, and geotechnical engineering work that is necessary to develop preliminary plans. Also included will be an Engineering Design Study for lane configurations, intersection improvements, extension of the length of truck climbing lane, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, pavement widening, pavement markings, signalization, signing, and maintenance of traffic. In addition, any of the following services may be required as directed by the Department: development of any traffic studies, right-of-way services, engineering services for contract plan development, Request for Qualifications and/or Request for Proposal documents, and plan review services. The consultant shall also perform all related environmental surveys and documentation required to complete NEPA requirements. The work shall comply with West Virginia State environmental regulations and federal regulations including but not limited to, Federal Highway Administration Guidelines, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) Endangered Species Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Post Design Services, if required, may be by a separate Agreement.
Method of payment shall be Cost Plus Fixed Fee.
A single assignment will be made for this project.
Firms interested in being considered for this project must submit a “Letter of Qualification” and one unpriced prospectus to Mr. Kevin A. Hall, P. E., Consultant Services Unit Leader, Technical Section, Engineering Division, Division of Highways, 1334 Smith Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25301 or preferably by email to DOH.email@example.com prior to 4:00 p.m. on July 23, 2018.
As a minimum, the prospectus shall include the following evaluation information factors:
- Professional qualifications necessary for consideration and satisfactory performance of the required work and as a minimum shall have a professional engineer licensed by the State of West Virginia.That person shall be located within the office where the work is to be performed, and shall demonstrate sufficient past experience performed for the State of West Virginia, Department of Highways related to design and plan development to be provided.This individual shall be the person-in-charge overseeing the work and must be readily accessible to the Department, preferably located in-state.
2. Consideration shall be given to specialized experience and technical competence. Specialized experience shall focus on the qualifications of the staff working on the project with emphasis placed on individual specialized expertise required for the project. As a minimum, the firm shall provide a Résumé of those individuals who will be committed to the needs of the project. Strong considerations will be based on the professional and non-professional staff specialized experience and technical competence stationed within the office where the work is to be performed.
- Capacity consideration shall be made on the firm’s ability to accomplish the work within the Department’s required schedule time frame; personnel dedicated to perform such work.
4. Past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules.
5. Location shall be based on the geographic location of the Consultant’s office relative to the project site along with past experience and knowledge of the area where the project site is located with the significant importance being given to accessibility of the office location relative to the Department.
In addition to the above evaluation factors, the prospectus shall include, as a minimum, the following items:
1. A completed copy of the Division’s Consultant Confidential Qualification Questionnaire dated January 1, 2018 or later, if not already on file. It must specifically indicate the staff levels by classification located in-state vs. out-of-state.
2. Location of office or office(s) in which the work, or part of the work, will be performed.
3. Identification of subconsultants by name as to the type of work anticipated to be subcontracted or performed, if proposed as part of the design team.
4. Identification of software (including design software) that may potentially be utilized for this project.
5. Indication of whether a cost accounting system has been maintained and is in effect such that it is capable of segregating and identifying accumulating costs for each job that is performed under cost type projects.
6. Completed copies of the Division’s “Consultant Short List Selection Criteria Technical Evaluation” form limited to a single page of data. One loose leaf copy of form is to accompany the bound unpriced prospectus. Cross referencing on this form to other parts of the prospectus is not acceptable.
7. A copy of a valid “Certificate of Authorization” to offer Engineering, Surveying, or other related services within the state, issued by the appropriate West Virginia Board.
A single “Letter of Qualification” and one unpriced prospectus are required and must contain all of the above information required to be considered. Failure to provide the required information and/or insufficient information will cause disqualification and the prospectus will be returned. All evaluation factors as noted herein before will be given equal consideration in the selection process, unless a project specific weighting of the evaluation factors is shown in the Notice for Consulting Services.
Prior to entering into any contract negotiations, the selected firm and any subconsultants shall submit a current audited overhead rate computation performed by a State or Federal government agency or independent CPA firm. The submitted overhead audit shall contain a detailed exhibit of the computations with all applicable eliminations and references. The audit shall be done in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States and all eliminations required by the Federal Acquisition Regulations will be made. The submitted certified audited overhead (Indirect Cost Rate) report shall include the certification, certifying that the allowability of costs used to establish the final indirect cost rate are in accordance with the FAR cost principles, or a verification indicating this certification was previously submitted and accepted by the cognizant agency. This requirement will be waived for the selected firm or any subconsultant when its portion of the fee for the project is less than Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00). In such instances, a company computed overhead rate may be utilized.
It is the policy of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, that Disadvantaged and Women-owned Business Enterprises shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed in whole or in part with Federal funds.