Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

University of Florida
UF Weimer Hall Expansion DB


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

Project: UF-342, Weimer Hall Expansion (Gainesville, FL)

The project consists of expansion and renovation of Weimer Hall, home of the College of Journalism and Communications.

The total project budget is $4,400,000, including utilities infrastructure, fees, surveys and tests, total building commissioning, and contingencies. Design and construction must be “fast-tracked” to avoid the loss of expiring funds, and minimum 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% or 100% 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 from the architect, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and structural engineering subconsultants for this project 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.

NOTE: Due to the time constraints associated with this project, the University will only consider teams comprised of design and construction entities experienced with major construction and renovation at the University of Florida in the past 10 years. Furthermore, the design, construction documents, and record documents shall be produced using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software … specifically, AutoDesk RevIt.

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 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, it must be chartered by the Florida Department of State to operate in 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 prepared as specified in the DBQS Instructions 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.

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.

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 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, January 13, 2011. 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