Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) announces Construction Management services will be required for the project listed below:


PROJECT AND LOCATION: Multi-Purpose Student Center, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Multi-Purpose Student Center project is an 82,500 GSF building planned to occupy the South West corner of 6th Avenue South and 2nd Street South in St. Petersburg. The building site is central to the campus and adjacent to the University’s new Harborwalk pedestrian mall. The site is currently an empty grassy lot recently configured to accommodate storm water retention. The Multi-Purpose Student Center project will include food service spaces to accommodate multiple food concepts with food court, kitchen facilities for banquet functions, ballroom with additional conference facilities including meeting rooms and pre-function space, building office space, residential student housing units with support service spaces and a multi-function student area. The estimated construction cost is $15,650,000.00. The Building Program is available online on the USFSP Facilities Planning and Construction website.

The University is seeking to hire a Construction Management team with extensive experience in student union/student residential construction. The contract for Construction Management services shall consist of a pre-construction services phase and a construction phase. The pre-construction services phase, for which the Construction Manager will be paid a fixed fee, will include value engineering, constructability analyses, development of cost models, estimating, and the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) at 75% Construction Document phase. If the GMP is accepted, the Construction Phase will be implemented. Early bid packages for fast track and multi-phase development may be required to meet project goals. In the Construction Phase of the contract, the Construction Manager becomes the single point of responsibility for performance of the construction of the project and shall publicly bid trade contracts. Failure to negotiate an acceptable fixed fee for Phase 1 of the contract or to arrive at an acceptable GMP within the time provided in the agreement may result in the termination of the Construction Manager’s contract.

It is the University’s responsibility to negotiate a fair, competitive, and reasonable compensation for pre-construction services and overhead and profit fees for the project. 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 or 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 interviews will be made on the basis of Construction Manager qualifications, including applicant’s experience, applicant’s personnel, applicant’s ability to provide service (record-keeping/administrative ability, recording of as-built conditions, critical path scheduling expertise, conceptual cost estimating and cost control ability, quality control capability, etc.), and the applicant’s license, bondability, and insurability. As part of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Strategic Plan, USFSP 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 St. Petersburg 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. Finalists will be provided with the latest documentation prepared by Rowe Architects, Inc., the project Architect, a description of the final interview requirements, and a copy of the standard University of South Florida Construction Management Agreement. The Construction Manager shall have no ownership, entrepreneurial, or financial affiliation with the selected Architect involved with this project.

INSTRUCTIONS: Firms desiring to provide Construction Management services for the project shall submit a letter of interest and a completed “USFSP Construction Manager Qualifications Supplement dated February, 2010” with attachments and additional information required. Proposals must not exceed 60 pages, including the Construction Manager Qualifications Supplement and letter of interest, attachments and additional information. Pages must be numbered consecutively. Submittals that do not comply with these requirements or do not include the requested data may not be considered. Submittals are part of the public record and no submittal material will be returned.

All applicants must be licensed to practice as Certified General Contractors in the State of Florida at the time of application. Corporations must be registered to operate in the State of Florida by the Department of State, Division of Corporations, at the time of application. As required by Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, a Construction Management firm 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 Construction Management firm must warrant that it will neither utilize the services of, nor contract with, any supplier, subcontractor, or consultant in excess of $25,000.00 in connection with this project for a period of 36 months from the date of placement on the convicted vendor list.

The “USFSP Construction Manager Qualifications Supplement” form and the Project Fact Sheet may be obtained by contacting: Marion Sommers, Facilities Planning and Construction Services, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, TER 100, 140 Seventh Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, via e-mail: or phone: (727)873-4822 or facsimile: (727)873-4194.

Interested firms are invited to attend a Pre-submittal Meeting at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, to be held at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Davis Hall, Room 130, 140 Seventh Avenue, South, St. Petersburg, Florida, to review the scope and requirements of this project. Requests for meeting by individual firms will not be granted.

It shall be noted that no verbal communication shall take place between the applicants and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, except as provided at the Pre-Submittal Meeting, the Pre-Interview Meeting, and the request for project information (the CMQS and Fact Sheet) and clarifications. Requests for any project information must be in writing to same address above.

One (1) original paper copy and six (6) CD copies of the above required proposal data shall be submitted to: James A. Grant, Director, Facilities Planning and Construction Services, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Avenue, South, TER 100, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.

Submittals must be received at the above campus address by 2:00 p.m. (EDT), Friday, March 26, 2010. Facsimile (FAX) or electronic submittals are not acceptable and will not be considered. The University reserves the right to suspend or discontinue the selection process at any time and to return or reject any or all submissions of Construction Manager proposals without obligation to the respondent. The award of this contract is subject to availability of funds. If additional funding is realized, the University has the option to incorporate additional scope/funding under this contract.