Volume 41 - Issue 23 - June 9, 2022
State of Kansas
Department of Transportation
Notice to Consulting Firms
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking a qualified consulting firm to perform professional services for the project described below. Interested consultants must email a proposal to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov by 12:00 p.m. (CDT) June 22, 2022, to be considered for selection.
Interested consulting firms must be prequalified by KDOT or otherwise demonstrate qualification in Category 241 Construction Inspection and Testing.
If a firm is not currently prequalified by KDOT, a proposal may still be submitted. Firms not prequalified must also provide documentation that demonstrates the firm is qualified for each specified category listed in this notice for the project. Firms must use the KDOT prequalification form to provide this documentation. KDOT 1050 Prequalification Category Definitions (Blue Book) can be found at http://www.ksdot.org/descons.asp. Consultants may create a team to meet the prequalification requirements. All firms doing business with KDOT must be registered and in good standing under the laws of the State of Kansas at the time of contracting and must comply with applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
Anticipated Consultant Scope
The KDOT District 1, Area 3 Bonner Springs, Kansas Construction Office is requesting an embedded consultant to provide full time, in house, technical and construction contract administration as further described below.
Under the direction of the Field Engineering Administrator (FEA), Construction Engineer (CE) or Engineering Technician Specialist (ETSp) the embedded consultant shall assist with construction project supervision, inspection staffing, and contract administration. The consultant may serve as project supervisor of complex construction projects and/or multiple smaller projects. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Provide recommendations to the FEA, CE and ETSp regarding project actions, staffing, and any other project related matters.
- Review or compilation of project documentation for all phases of work performed to substantiate the contract payments. This documentation includes daily diaries, weekly recaps, test reports, final papers, and data entered into AASHTOWare Project (AWP).
- Make determination on the charges of working days.
- Represent KDOT in all project-related meetings and conferences.
- Provide guidance to the construction staff in the review of construction plans such as verifying quantities, grade computations, and earthwork balances.
- Maintain contact with the contractor’s project manager.
In addition, the consultant will serve as a mentor and provide effective leadership to less experienced technicians and engineering associates. The consultant will identify and recommend areas of additional training needed within the construction office. This information will be used to assist the FEA, CE, or ETSp to organize effective training programs for the construction office.
The consultant shall also provide other project related construction assistance to the FEA, CE, or ETSp as directed.
Finally, the consultant shall review or prepare documents for field-designed projects such as 1R projects, bridge set-aside projects, culvert set-aside projects, and 3R major modifications. This may include field measurements, quantity computations, drafting of plan sheets, and field surveys. This may also include participation in field checks and plan reviews.
Minimum Personnel Qualifications
- A minimum of 10 years of experience managing or inspecting large or complex KDOT construction projects.
- Current CIT certifications in Basic Inspection, Asphalt Paving Inspection, Concrete Paving Inspection, Structures Inspection, ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician, Aggregate Field Technician.
- Expert proficiency with KDOT’s construction management software (CMS) and completion of the KDOT AASHTOWare training.
Anticipated Schedule and Key Dates
- Proposals are due by or before 12:00 p.m. (CDT) June 22, 2022
- The program fiscal year for this project is FY 2023 (July 2022–June 2023)
- Anticipated Start Date: July 2022
- Anticipated Completion: December 9, 2022
Instructions for Proposal
- No cost or pricing information shall be submitted with the proposal. Proposals including cost or pricing information will be considered non-responsive and withdrawn from further consideration.
- The consultant’s proposal must not exceed 4 pages total (including any cover letter, index, etc.). All pages shall be standard letter size (8.5” x 11”). Any page larger than standard letter size will be count as two or more pages depending on size.
- A single PDF (2MB maximum size) of the proposal including all attachments must be emailed to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov by the proposal due date and time.
- The subject line of the email and the PDF file name must read:
- “FC-1001-23-EmbedSuper.Admin in D1A3 Bonner Spring_FIRM NAME”
- The proposal must be accompanied by Special Attachments No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”) and No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”). If you need a Tax Clearance Certificate, you can request one at https://www.ksrevenue.gov/taxclearance.html. Allow 2-3 business days for processing.
- The outline in Table 1 below describes the expected proposal organization and content sections.
- Table 2 lists the evaluation criteria and associated weights which will be used to make a selection.
|Table 1: Proposal Content|
|Section||Description of Intent|
|Cover Letter||1 page|
|Project Approach||Demonstrate a unique approach to accomplish the design efficiently and to a high standard. Include cost-effective and optimized solutions to address the anticipated improvements in the design. Include unique qualifications or experience related to the project approach.|
|Approach to Schedule||Describe the approach to accomplish the scope of services within the schedule requirements. Include anticipated key milestone dates and availability of staff.|
|Approach to Quality Control||Describe methods or procedures your firm will use to provide all drawings, reports and other services with professional quality and technical accuracy.|
|Qualifications and Experience||For key personnel to be assigned to the project provide names, office location, qualifications, education, training, and expertise. Identify their area(s) of responsibility and percent of their time dedicated to the project. List work for which you do not have in-house capability and name the firm you propose to subcontract with.|
|Past Performance||Describe team’s past performance with respect to ability to meet project schedules; quality of work; and ability to control costs on similar transportation projects, especially those performed for KDOT. Include three references and contact information.|
|Familiarity with KDOT and Project Area||Describe team’s familiarity with KDOT’s design process and standards. Describe familiarity with the project area and any identified special site conditions.|
|Table 2: Evaluation Factors|
|Qualifications and experience of project manager and other key project team members proposed for services||20%|
|Past performance history for similar projects/services for KDOT||20%|
|Availability to respond to the work||20%|
|The quality and completeness of the response||10%|
|Understanding of District and Area||10%|
|Understanding of KDOT CAD contract administration and closeout procedures||20%|
Contract Terms and Conditions
A standard KDOT agreement for engineering and technical services will be used for professional services projects. The following special attachments will need to be provided by the selected consultant and all subconsultants with the signed work order following negotiations and will become attachments to the contract.
- Special Attachment No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”)
- Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”)
This is expected to be a full-time (40 hours/week excluding holidays) assignment based at the District 1 Area 3 Office in Bonner Springs, Kansas; assignments may require travel to other Areas in District 1. The hours may be split between two employees of the consultant, but both must meet the qualifications.
All questions regarding this request for proposals shall be emailed to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov.
Questions can be submitted until June 9, 2022; answers will be provided to all prequalified consultants on June 15, 2022.
Marcia Turner, P.E., Contracts Manager
Division of Engineering and Design
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