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Notice To Contractors - Contract No. WW-14-2010 - Walt Whitman Bridge Anchorage Dehumidification

No Later Than 4:00 P.M. On November 12, 2010

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) hereby invites Prime Contractors to submit Statement of Contractor Qualifications in connection with the Authority’s plan to perform work under Contract No. WW-14-2010 Anchorage Dehumidification.  The work to be completed consists of furnishing and installing an enclosure of the two anchorages at the Walt Whitman Bridge located in Philadelphia, PA and Gloucester, NJ.  The work will also include the furnishing and installing of the dehumidification system.

It is the Authority’s intent to establish a list of pre-qualified Prime 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, Sub-Contractors, and staff utilized by the Contractor as part of this work, will be required to obtain Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential (hereinafter referred to as “TWIC”) cards and 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.  Statement of Qualifications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) company’s qualifications, credentials and recent relevant experience on similar projects; (2) experience and availability of the proposed Project Manager; (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) commitment and ability to meet the confidentiality requirements of the project.

Six (6) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets, exclusive of covers and dividers shall be printed on the sheet (8- 1/2”x11”), double-spaced, and shall be addressed to Mr. Michael P. Venuto, P.E., P.L.S., 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 November 12, 2010.  The Statement of Qualifications shall describe the Contractor’s qualifications in the areas mentioned above and shall briefly describe and provide references for ongoing or recently completed similar projects completed by the Contractor.  The responsibilities, qualifications and overall capabilities of each Contractor within a team must be demonstrated within the Statement of 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 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 for consideration for all purchases and contracts issued in connection with this project. Prospective bidders 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 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 Notice for 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 RCQs 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 RCQ 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 RCQ shall be borne by the interested parties and are non-refundable.

By:          Michael P. Venuto, P.E., P.L.S.
               Acting Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer

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