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Request For Contractor Qualifications - Contract No. BF-31-2010 - Benjamin Franklin Bridge Miscellaneous Structural Improvements

Due No Later Than 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) hereby invites Contractors to submit Statements of Contractor Qualifications (SCQs) in connection with the Authority’s plan to perform work under Contract No. BF-31-2010 Miscellaneous Structural Improvements.  The work to be completed under Contract No. BF-31-2010 consists of miscellaneous structural improvements to the suspended spans of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge which spans the Delaware River between Philadelphia, PA and the City of Camden, NJ.  The work will include, but is not limited to, maintenance and protection of traffic; fabrication & installation of miscellaneous steel components; rivet removal & replacement; minor paint removal & recoating and the procurement and installation of composite structural materials.

This contract will be covered under DRPA's Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP).  Also, a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) will be implemented for this contract.

It is the Authority’s intent to establish a list of pre-qualified Contractors who are capable and experienced in similar construction projects.  The Statements of Contractor Qualifications will be used by the Authority to establish a list of pre-qualified Contractors to receive the Bid Documents.  Only those Contractors meeting the DRPA’s pre-qualification criteria will be eligible to receive the Bid Documents and submit a bid for the subject project.  In order to be pre-qualified, a Contractor must have demonstrated expertise in the scope of work herein described and demonstrated ability to manage and protect confidential / proprietary information.  There will be no debriefings for unsuccessful Contractors.

During the bidding process, the Contractors will be provided with certain information relating to the Authority’s activities and facilities which the DRPA regards as proprietary and/or confidential.  Consequently, the Contractor, and all staff utilized by the Contractor as part of this work, will be required to obtain Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential (TWIC) cards and sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement in a form acceptable to the DRPA.  Contractors pre-qualified will be required to possess a valid TWIC card in order to pick up Bid Documents.  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. 

The Statement of Contractor Qualifications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

(1) Contractor’s qualifications, credentials and experience related to structural steel fabrication and installation on major long span bridges under heavy traffic (highway and rail) conditions.  The contractor’s participation on these past projects should be in the capacity of a prime contractor, joint venture partner or a subcontractor with a multi-million dollar construction cost share. Complete attached Form-A (See, “Attachment 1”) to provide information related to each similar project completed by the contractor which demonstrates his qualifications.

(2) Corporate ownership, history, financial stability and long-term viability of the Contractor.  Submit Financial Statement certified by his accountants, including the latest balance sheet and income statement showing Current Assets, Net Fixed Assets and other Assets; Current Liabilities and other Liabilities (e.g., capital, capital stock, authorized and outstanding shares par value, earned surplus and retained earnings); and whether the contractor is a subsidiary of, or otherwise financially related to, any other corporation or legal entity. Contractor should furnish documentation from a reputable bonding company stating the contractor’s bonding capacity.

(3) Quality of references on work performed on similar projects.  Contractor to submit a list of similar projects successfully carried to completion, giving the name of the project, owner, architect, contract amount, date of completion and percentage of cost of the work performed with the contractor’s own forces.

(4) MBE/WBE participation and good faith efforts. Contractor should express firm’s commitment in meeting DRPA’s established MBE/WBE goals.

(5) Commitment and capacity to implement the contract over the full term of the work.

(6) Commitment and ability to meet the background screening and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement requirements of the project. 

(7) Safety record and commitment for safety.  The contractor will submit a recent accident experience, in the form of the standard OSHA record keeping forms (OSHA 300 logs), covering experience over the preceding three (3) reporting years.  The contractor will also supply his current Experience Modification Factors for all work performed in the preceding three (3) years.

Six (6) copies of a bound document, each limited to 20 sheets exclusive of covers and dividers, shall be printed on 8- 1/2”x11” sheets, double-spaced, and shall be addressed to Mr. Michael Venuto, PE, PLS, Acting 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 and received no later than 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 15, 2010.  The Statement of Contractor Qualifications shall describe the Contractor’s qualifications in the areas mentioned above and shall briefly describe and provide references for ongoing or completed similar projects.  The responsibilities, qualifications and overall capabilities of each Contractor within a team must be demonstrated within the Statement of Contractor Qualifications.  Prior similar experience of key management staff assigned to this project should also be included.  Any submittal that is not received in the Authority by the above deadline shall be rejected as non-responsive.

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 of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or non-job related 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.

This Request for Contractor Qualifications (RCQ) should not be construed as imposing any legal obligations on the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).  The DRPA reserves the right to reject any and all Statements of Contractor Qualifications (SCQs) or to alter or revoke any or all portions of the RCQ, in its sole discretion.  The provisions of the RCQ are made for the sole benefit of the DRPA and no rights shall be deemed to accrue by reason of the submission of any SCQ or by waiver or non-enforcement of any requirements of the RCQ or by any reason of any term or terms hereof.  All costs in connection with the submission of the SCQ shall be borne by the interested parties and are non-refundable.

Download Form A - Contractor Past Experience Qualification

By:   Michael Venuto, PE, PLS
        Acting Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer

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