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Notice To Contractors - Request For Contractor Qualfications

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) hereby invites Contractors to submit Applications for Pre-Qualification in connection with the Authorityís plan to construct rock islands around the piers of the Commodore Barry Bridge, Contract No. CB-14-2008. This work will include but is not limited to the installation of navigation lights, wick drains for soil consolidation, cone penetrometer test borings, hydrographic surveys, side-scan sonar and the placement of rock along the river bottom around the piers of the Commodore Barry Bridge. It is the Authorityís intent to establish a list of pre-qualified Contractor teams who are capable and experienced in similar construction projects within rivers or other waterways. The Applications for Pre-Qualification will be used by the Authority to establish a list of pre-qualified contractors to receive the Bid Documents. Only those contractors meeting the DRPAís pre-qualification criteria will be eligible to receive the Bid Documents and submit a bid for the subject project. There will be no debriefings for unsuccessful firms. During the course of the work, the contractor may be provided with certain information relating to the Authorityís activities and facilities which the DRPA regards as proprietary and/or confidential. Consequently, the contractor, and staff utilized by the contractor as part of this work, will be required to sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement in a form acceptable to the DRPA. A copy of the Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement will be provided to the pre-qualified firms for execution in advance of receiving the Bid Documents. Contractors must demonstrate the appropriate capabilities and experience necessary to perform all work items included within the scope of the project. Applications for Pre-Qualification will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) firmís/teamís qualifications, credentials and recent relevant experience on similar projects; (2) experience and availability of the proposed Project Management and other key staff; (3) corporate ownership, history, financial stability and long-term viability of the Contractor and its subcontractors, if any; (4) quality of references on similar work performed in the past five years; (5) MBE/WBE participation and good faith efforts; (6) commitment and capacity to implement the contract over the full term of the work; (7) depth and breadth of relevant marine experience and understanding of the challenges in underwater inspection and hydrographic survey and sonar; (8) commitment and ability to meet the confidentiality requirements of the project. A non-mandatory Project Briefing will be held starting at 10:00 a.m., local time on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 in the Engineering West Conference Room located in the 7th Floor of One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey. Attendance is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the selection process. Six (6) copies of the Application for Pre-Qualification must be received by the Authority no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. The Application shall describe, in twenty (20) pages or less, the firmís/teamís qualifications in the areas mentioned above and shall briefly describe and provide references for ongoing or recently completed similar projects completed by the firm/team. The responsibilities, qualifications and overall capabilities of each firm within a team must be demonstrated within the twenty (20) page Application. Prior similar experience of key management staff assigned to this project should also be included. The Authority will only consider information contained within the twenty (20) page Application. No attachments, such as separate resumes, company brochures or product literature will be considered unless they are within the twenty (20) page limit. Submissions shall be addressed to Mr. William C. Brooks, P.E., Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer, Delaware River Port Authorityís Engineering Office located on the 7th floor of One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey 08101-1949. The Delaware River Port Authority is firmly committed to providing equal employment and business opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or non-job related disability. In that regard, the Delaware River Port Authority purchase agreement issued, contract or subcontract entered into pursuant to this project, qualified and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and women business enterprises (WBEs) will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids and will not be discriminated against on grounds or race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or non-job disability in consideration for an award. Prospective bidders should understand that the participation of qualified and certified MBEs and WBEs is a matter of great interest in the evaluation of all bids. To that end, the DRPA has established MBE and WBE goals for this project. MBE and WBE team members must be named, and commitment levels must be noted at the time the bid is submitted. DELAWARE RIVER PORT AUTHORITY By: William C. Brooks, P.E. Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer

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