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RFQ-DC-14-00069 - Greening America's Capitals- Lansing, Michigan

Update: March 18, 2014

Answers to questions received regarding this solicitation are posted below.


Posted Date: March 6 , 2014

Procurement Office : U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Procurement Operations Division, (3803R)

Response Due Date: March 27, 2014 by 2:00 PM EST

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of the Administrator, Office of Policy, Office of Sustainable Communities in Washington, DC has a requirement under its Greening America's Capitals program in support of Lansing, Michigan . The EPA is requesting quotes in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13 Simplified Acquisition Procedures. This procurement is a total small business set-aside .

The EPA anticipates awarding a firm-fixed priced purchase order. The EPA estimates the requirement will take 653 hours of direct labor. This estimate is provided for informational purposes only. Offerors should propose a firm-fixed price they determine to be appropriate in meeting all required tasks as outlined in the attached Statement of Work (SOW). The period of performance will be ten (10) months from the date of award. Offers must address all aspects of the Government's requirement as set forth in the attached SOW and are limited to 25 pages in length, inclusive of all documents (technical volume and price). Any document in excess of the 25 page limitation will not be evaluated. Offers shall provide a separate technical volume and price quote.

The technical volume must be sufficiently detailed to enable the EPA to make a thorough evaluation and to arrive at a sound determination as to whether the proposed services meet the requirements of the SOW and the offered approach is valid and practical. The technical volume must be specific, detailed and complete to clearly demonstrate how the offeror plans to execute the requirements described in the SOW, including a timeline and details for tasks and deliverables. Clear evidence of services and/or processes previously demonstrated and currently in place relating to the technical evaluation criteria should be included.

Prospective sources are reminded that an award can only be made to an offeror with current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) Database now available at www.sam.gov in accordance with FAR Subpart 4.11.

Quotes submitted in response to this solicitation will be evaluated on a best-value, trade-off basis. For this requirement, all evaluation factors other than price, when combined, are more important than price. The evaluation criteria are as follows:

1. Technical Approach

Offerors shall demonstrate a firm knowledge of and demonstrated work that encompasses the following characteristics:

•  Knowledge of and demonstrated work (required) that considers the local ecoregion for Lansing, including geology, physiography, vegetation, climate, soils, land use, wildlife, and hydrology. The Midwest ecoregion is defined by cold winters with sharply fluctuating freeze-thaw cycles and hot, humid summers with thunderstorms and heavy rains.

•  Experience organizing and facilitating multi-day design charrettes.

•  Expertise creating high-quality design drawings and site plans, either freehand or digitally, during an on-site workshops or charrettes.

•  Experience designing public spaces (e.g., streets, parks, plazas, etc.) that include green building and green infrastructure solutions, including for minimizing impervious surfaces and managing stormwater runoff, and increase tree canopy that can achieve multiple environmental and community benefits and reflect sense of place.

•  Understanding and experience analyzing and/or developing policies and codes that are used to support sustainable design strategies, as well as engaging different levels of government and external stakeholders (e.g., public, NGOs, developers) to consider design implementation and policy adoption.

2. Past Performance

Offerors shall demonstrate past performance relevant to this requirement. Offerors should describe relevant previous work, similar in scope to the SOW, performed in the past five (5) years. Offerors should include, to the extent applicable, experience: (a) organizing and facilitating multi-day design charrettes; (b) designing public spaces (e.g., streets, parks, plazas, etc.) that include green infrastructure solutions for managing stormwater runoff that can achieve multiple environmental and community benefits and reflect sense of place; and (c) analyzing and/or developing policies and codes that are used to support sustainable design strategies, as well as engaging different levels of government and external stakeholders (e.g., public, NGOs, developers) to consider design implementation and policy adoption. In addition to final, polished designs, offerors should include examples of design drawing and site plans that were developed either freehand or digitally during an on-site workshop or charrette.

3. Price

Offerors should submit a firm-fixed price quote.

An electronic copy of the technical volume and price quote must be submitted by 27 March 2014 at 2:00 PM EST to Contract Specialist, Jennifer Kuhn at kuhn.jennifer@epa.gov

Questions regarding this request should be submitted via e-mail to kuhn.jennifer@epa.gov by 14 March 2014. Answers to questions will be provided as a formal amendment to the solicitation. Questions submitted after 14 March 2014 may not be answered.

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The point of contact for this requirement is Jennifer Kuhn, Contract Specialist, at kuhn.jennifer@epa.gov.

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