Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

University of South Florida

Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal


The University of South Florida announces that Professional Services in the discipline of Architecture will be required for the project listed below:


PROJECT AND LOCATION: Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA), University of South Florida, Tampa Campus, Tampa, Florida.


The Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA) is planned to consist of the design and construction of a new, approximately 140,700 NASF (234,500 GSF) multi-story facility to accommodate upper and lower division interdisciplinary teaching and research needs of the University. The facility is planned to include research labs (52,000 NASF); teaching labs (36,400 NASF); classrooms (11,000 NASF); office space (9,000 NASF); study areas (1,000 NASF) and shell space (31,300 NASF). Components within the facility shall include two 300-seat lecture halls, a Bio-nano Research Laboratory, an Imaging Center, and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility, among other specialized laboratories. The construction budget is estimated to be approximately $68,300,000 including site development and hurricane hardening. Project development, including professional services, is contingent upon availability of funds. If additional funding is realized, the University has the option to incorporate additional scope/funding under this contract including completion of shell space. The construction delivery method is anticipated to be Construction Management.

The selected firm will provide planning, design, construction documents, construction administration and post-occupancy services for the project in coordination with the 2005 USF Tampa Campus 10 Year Master Plan update and USF standards for design and construction. The University is seeking to hire a consultant team with extensive experience in interdisciplinary science teaching and research facility design. All disciplines required for the design of the facility are to be provided for this project under the contract with the selected firm, including architecture, engineering, interior design and any specialty consultants. Consultant services for design expertise unique to the Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA) may be provided by specialty design consultants. Firm submittals should include descriptions of experience and knowledge of Sustainable Design and Hurricane Hardening. The design and construction administration services by the selected team shall facilitate the facility needs, and accomplishing those needs within the mandatory project schedule in order to meet occupancy requirements for this project. The selected firm will be required to provide computer drawings according to the standards of the University of South Florida, including computer record drawings reflecting as-built conditions to facilitate the University’s space management program. Blanket professional liability insurance will be required for this project in the amount of $3,000,000, and will be provided as a part of Basic Services. It is the University’s responsibility to negotiate a fair, competitive, and reasonable compensation per Section 287.055, F.S. A fair, competitive and reasonable compensation shall be evaluated based upon the following information: (1) Compensation on similar projects; (2) other compensation reference data; and (3) after approval of the ranking, proposals requested from the short-listed firms based upon a scope of services document to be provided at the time of negotiations. Selection of finalists for interview will be made on the basis of professional qualifications of the proposed design team, including experience and ability to meet the project requirements and the goals and objectives of the University’s Strategic Plan; past experience; design ability; volume of work; and distance from project. The distance factor for this project will provide a maximum of one point difference in scoring for location between in-state and out-of-state applicants. As part of the University of South Florida’s Strategic Plan, USF made a commitment to foster a diverse community distinguished by a shared purpose, collaboration, open and timely communication, mutual respect, trust, and inclusiveness. The University of South Florida is an equal opportunity institution, and, as such, strongly encourages the lawful use of certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (“MBEs”) in the provision of design and construction-related services by providing a fair and equal opportunity to compete for, or for participation in, design and/or construction-related services.

The plans and specifications for the University of South Florida projects are subject to reuse in accordance with the provisions of Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. As required by Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, a consultant may not submit a proposal for this project if it is on the convicted vendor list for a public entity crime committed within the past 36 months. The selected consultant must warrant that it will neither utilize the services of, nor contract with, any supplier, subcontractor, or consultant in excess of $25,000 in connection with this project for a period of 36 months from the date of their being placed on the convicted vendor list.


Firms desiring to apply to provide professional services shall submit one (1) original submittal and six (6) bound copies consisting of the information as required in the “Submittal Requirements” of the Project Fact Sheet including a letter of interest, a completed “USF Professional Qualifications Supplement (PQS)” dated July 2007 for the Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA) and any required or additional information within the proposal limits. Applications on any other form will not be considered. Submittals are part of the public record. All applicants must be properly registered at the time of application to practice its profession in the State of Florida. If the applicant is a corporation, it must be chartered by the Florida Department of State to operate in Florida. Applications which do not comply with the above instructions may be disqualified. Application materials will not be returned.

The “Professional Qualifications Supplement (PQS)” for the Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA), dated July 2007, and “Project Fact Sheet”, which includes project information and selection criteria, may be obtained by contacting: Kathy Bennett, Contracts Administrator, University of South Florida, Facilities Planning and Construction, via e-mail at, by mail at 4202 East Fowler Avenue, FPC110, Tampa, Florida 33620-7550, or by phone at (813)974-3098, (813)974-2625.

Interested firms are invited and encouraged to attend a Pre-Submittal Meeting at 2pm Eastern Time, on Monday, July 30, 2007 at the University of South Florida, Theater II Building (THR) to review the scope and requirements of this project. The University address is 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33620-7550. The Theater II Building is located on campus at 3829 USF Holly Drive. Requests for meetings by individual firms will not be granted.

No verbal communication shall take place between the applicants and the employees of the University of South Florida except as provided at the Pre-Submittal Meeting, the Pre-Interview Meeting and the request for the PQS and Fact Sheet. Requests for any project information must be in writing to the above e-mail address. The Selection Committee may reject all proposals and stop the selection process at any time.

One (1) original and six (6) copies of the requested submittal data, bound in the order listed in the “Submittal Requirements” of the Project Fact Sheet shall be addressed to:

Michael L. Walden, Project Manager

Facilities Planning and Construction

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue, FPC 110

Tampa, Florida 33620-7550.

Applications that do not comply with the above instructions may be disqualified.

Submittals must be received in the University of South Florida, Facilities Planning and Construction office, FPC110 by 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Friday, August 17, 2007 Facsimile (FAX) or electronic submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered.