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RFQ - Engineering Services For The Benjamin Franklin Bridge Deck Truss Rehabilitation

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) hereby invites professional consulting engineering firms to submit a Statement of Qualifications for Engineering Services for a Deck Truss Rehabilitation Contract at the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. This work will include but is not limited to all design services required to develop the most feasible and economical rehabilitation alternatives and prepare complete contract documents with which the Authority may solicit construction bids. The firm shall exhibit professional staff knowledgeable in the areas of bridge rehabilitation on both superstructure and substructure, steel repairs, gusset plate repairs, joint repairs, seismic improvements, coating applications, bearing rehabilitation/replacement, structural survey and other applicable federal, state, and local requirements. The Engineering firm selected for this project shall also have extensive knowledge of various facets of bridge rehabilitation including: temporary structures, experience with maintenance and protection of traffic plus experience working around densely populated urban areas and commuter traffic. The consulting engineering firm will be expected to provide fully developed methodologies for accomplishing all the above mentioned work.

The Scope of Services the Authority requires includes, but is not limited to providing the proper design services to develop a final design package which will include the preliminary design report, plans, specifications, estimates, and a construction schedule with which the Authority may solicit bids from construction contractors to accomplish the proposed work. The intent of this project is to maintain the structural integrity, functionality, and safety of the bridge.

During the course of the work, the consultant may be provided with certain information relating to the Authority’s activities and facilities which the DRPA regards as proprietary and/or confidential. Consequently, the consultant, and staff utilized by the consultant 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 short-listed firms for execution in advance of receiving a Request for Proposal.

Six (6) copies of the written Statements (three “3" pages maximum) of Qualifications and U.S. Government Form SF330 must be received by the Authority no later than _4 p.m. on June 17, 2008. The Statements of Qualification should be addressed to Mr. William C. Brooks, P.E., Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer, Delaware River Port Authority’s Engineering Office located on the 7th floor of One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey 08101-1949. The Statement shall describe the firm’s qualifications in the area of engineering design services as related to bridge rehabilitation projects, and shall briefly describe similar type projects successfully completed by the firm. The mailing envelope containing the Statement of Qualifications shall be labeled “Statement of Qualifications, Engineering Services for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge Deck Truss Rehabilitation”. The Statement of Qualifications will be used by the Authority to establish a short list of consultants to receive a Request for Proposal.

The Delaware River Port Authority is firmly committed to providing full and equal business opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age or non-job related disability. In that regard, the Delaware River Port Authority will affirmatively assure that minority and female-owned business enterprises are afforded equal opportunities to submit bids and/or proposals for consideration for all purchases and contracts issued in connection with this project. Prospective proposers should understand that the participation of certified MBEs and WBEs is a matter of great interest in the evaluation of all proposals. To that end, the Delaware River Port Authority has established MBE and WBE goals for this project. Proposers are not expected to name their MBE and WBE team members at the time they submit the Statement of Qualifications. However, MBE and WBE team members must be named and commitment levels must be noted at the time the proposal is submitted.

This public advertisement constitutes the DRPA formal solicitation to determine the interest of qualified professional consulting firms in the aforementioned project.

By: William C. Brooks, P.E.
Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer

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