Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

University of Florida
Project: UF-212, (Newell Hall & Annex Renovation/ Rehabilitation)


The University of Florida Board of Trustees announces that Professional Services in the discipline of architecture will be required for the project listed below:

Project: UF-212, (Newell Hall & Annex Renovation/Rehabilitation)

The project consists of the renovation and rehabilitation of Newell Hall and Annex to create a Student Learning Commons. Newell Hall was built in 1910 as the Florida Experiment Station and is the third oldest building on campus. Newell Hall and the Annex total approximately 34,200 GSF. Newell Hall is one of the oldest UF buildings recorded in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The renovation will include individual and group study spaces as well as a variety of seating areas for informal student study. The Annex will become a graduate study area. Wireless Internet access will be available throughout the building. The project will transform this historic, but energy inefficient, building and give it a new purpose.

The estimated construction budget is approximately $9M, including site improvements and landscaping. The project will be delivered using the Construction Manager At Risk method and construction shall be “fast-tracked” to start by August 2010 and end no later than April 2011. GOLD LEED EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council is mandatory. PLATINUM IS PREFERRED.

The selected firm will provide design, construction documents and construction administration services for the referenced project. Plans and specifications for University of Florida projects are subject to reuse in accordance with the provisions of Section 287.055, Florida Statutes.

Blanket design professional liability insurance will be required from the architect, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and structural engineering sub-consultants for this project and will be provided as a part of Basic Services.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their past performance, experience, personnel, design ability, references, 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 and its landscape architectural and engineering consultants must possess current design licenses from the appropriate governing board and be properly registered to practice its profession in the State of Florida. If the applicant is a corporation, must be chartered by the Florida Department of State to operate in Florida.

Applicants desiring to provide professional 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 prepared as specified in the PQS Instructions and shall include:

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

2.     A completed, project-specific “Professional Qualifications Supplement” (PQS) proposal with signed certification. Applications on any other form will not be considered.

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

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

5.     Proof of the applicant’s and all engineering consultants’ ability to be insured for the level of professional liability coverage demanded for this project.

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 professional 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.

Incomplete proposals will be disqualified. Submittal materials will not be returned.

Additional information to assist the applicant in preparing a complete proposal – including the project-specific PQS forms, instructions, Project Fact Sheet, facilities program, UF Design Services Guide, UF Design and Construction Standards, standard University of Florida Owner-Professional agreement, and other project and process information – can be found on the Facilities Planning & 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 & Construction office by 3:00 p.m. (Local Time), Thursday, March 11, 2010. Facsimile (FAX) submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered.

Facilities Planning & Construction

232 Stadium / P. O. Box 115050

Gainesville, FL 32611-5050

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