Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

University of Florida
A/E Project: UF-223, Tropical Research & Education Center Phase 1 (Homestead Florida)


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-223, Tropical Research & Education Center Phase 1 (Homestead Florida)

The project consists of the conceptual master planning of the ‘front end’ of the TREC facility. This will address concerns with parking, storm water management, traffic patterns within the center, and the design and construction of a single story approximately 5760 GSF laboratory building. The building will consist of four labs, faculty offices, an equipment room, and restrooms. Master planning will consist of working to cluster buildings together for future building sites, preserving setbacks and traffic flow, and ensuring the current building fits in with the overall design and feel of the center.

The estimated construction budget is approximately $2.7 Million dollars, including (site improvements, underground utilities, and minor relocations. The project will be delivered using the Construction Manager At-Risk method. (Gold) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council is mandatory.

The selected firm will provide minor master planning, 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 subconsultants 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 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, on Tuesday April 5, 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