Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

University of Florida
UF-354, Sun Terrace Expansion (University of Florida Health Science Center)


The University of Florida Board of Trustees announces that Design/Build services will be required for the project listed below:

Project: UF-354, Sun Terrace Expansion (University of Florida, Health Science Center)

The project consists of adding on approximately 1,500 GSF to the existing Sun Terrace facility and designing and building a new 4,000 GSF facility. The addition will be for a new food service venue and the new structure will house the HSC Bookstore and a coffee venue. The third part of the scope will be to provide a covered walkway to connect the new building, existing Sun Terrace building, the Stetson Gallery and the HSC Library. The site is an active roof deck with offices and classroom functions below. For the Bookstore portion of the building, the existing roof deck will need to be structurally enhanced.

The total construction budget is $2,000,000, including structural improvements. Construction shall be “fast-tracked” to begin by May 2010. Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council is mandatory.

The contract for design/build services will consist of two parts. Part one services include design, construction administration, value engineering, constructability analyses, development of a cost model, estimating, and the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) proposal based on 60% Construction Documents, for which the design/builder will be paid a fixed fee.

If the GMP is accepted, part two, the construction phase, will be implemented. In part two of the contract, the design/builder becomes the single point of responsibility for completion of the construction documents, performance of the construction of the project and shall publicly bid trade contracts. Failure to negotiate an acceptable fixed fee for part one of the contract, or to arrive at an acceptable GMP within the time provided in the agreement may result in the termination of the design/builder’s contract.

 Blanket design professional liability insurance will be required for this project in the amount of $1,000,000, and will be provided as a part of Basic Services. Plans and specifications for University of Florida projects are subject to reuse in accordance with the provisions of Section 287.055, Florida Statutes.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their past performance, experience, personnel, design and construction ability, references, bonding capacity, workload, and responses to questions posed both in the shortlist and interview phases. The Selection Committee may reject all proposals and stop the selection process at any time.

At the time of application, the applicant must be licensed to practice as a general contractor in the State of Florida and the applicant or its architectural, landscape architectural, and engineering consultants must posses current design licenses from the appropriate governing board and be properly registered to practice its profession in the State of Florida.

Applicants desiring to provide design/build services for the project shall submit a proposal only after thoroughly reviewing the facilities program, Project Fact Sheet, and other background information. The proposal shall be limited to 60 single-sided, consecutively-numbered pages OR 30 double-sided, consecutively-numbered pages and shall include:

1.             A Letter of Application that concisely illustrates the applicant’s understanding of the scope of services, schedule, and other goals and considerations as outlined in the Project Fact Sheet and Facilities Program.

2.             Company information and signed certification.

3.             A completed, project-specific “Design/Builder Qualifications Supplement” (DBQS) proposal. Applications on any other form will not be considered.

4.             Resumes, LEED accreditation, and other pertinent credentials for all proposed staff (applicant and consultants).

5.             Proof of the applicant’s corporate status in Florida (if applicable) and copies of current licenses for all construction, architectural, landscape architectural, and engineering entities (applicant and consultants) from the appropriate governing board.

6.             Proof of bonding capacity and proof of all design entities’ or consultants’ (architecture and engineering) ability to be insured for the level of professional liability coverage demanded for this project.

If the applicant is a corporation, must be chartered by the Florida Department of State to operate in Florida. As required by Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, an applicant 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 design/builder must warrant that it will neither utilize the services of, nor contract with, any supplier, subcontractor, or consultant in excess of $15,000.00 in connection with this project for a period of 36 months from the date of their being placed on the convicted vendor list.

Unsigned proposals or proposals containing expired or invalid licenses will be disqualified. Submittal materials will not be returned.

The project-specific DBQS forms, instructions, Project Fact Sheet, Facilities Program, UF Design Services Guide, UF Design and Construction Standards, standard University of Florida Owner-Design/Builder agreement, and other project and process information can be found on the Facilities Planning and Construction website.

Finalists may be provided with supplemental interview requirements and criteria as needed.

Provide the number of copies prescribed in the Project Fact Sheet. Submittals must be received in the Facilities Planning and Construction office by 3:00 p.m. (Local Time), Thursday, July 23, 2009. Facsimile (FAX) submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered.

     Facilities Planning and Construction

     232 Stadium / P. O. Box 115050

    Gainesville, FL 32611-5050

    Telephone: (352)273-4000; Fax: (352)273-4034