City issues RFP for construction managers to handle public building work

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The NYC Department of Design and
Construction (DDC) today that issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking to
identify up to 15 firms to provide construction management services for the
construction of New York City municipal public buildings under the agency’s
Project Excellence Program.

The RFP was issued on August 17 and is
available for download here. A
virtual pre-proposal conference will be held on September 9. Responses to the
construction management services RFP are due by September 24.

“The construction management contracts
emphasize the principles expressed in DDC’s Strategic Blueprint for
Construction Excellence, which is our roadmap to faster and more effective
project delivery,” said Thomas Foley, DDC’s Deputy Commissioner for Public
Buildings
. “We’ve made several important changes to the next round of
construction management contracts to incentivize and challenge firms to meet
the City’s objectives. Building professionals who want to make a difference are
strongly encouraged to respond to our RFP and help build the next generation of
great public buildings.”

DDC is the principle agency
responsible for designing and delivering the City’s civil infrastructure as
well as public buildings, including firehouses, libraries, community health
centers, recreation centers, theaters, museums and more for over 20 City
agencies plus numerous cultural institutions that receive funding from the
City.

DDC’s Project
Excellence Program
pre-qualifies firms to provide construction
management services for its public buildings projects. Once part of the
pre-qualified list, firms can more rapidly be deployed to individual projects
as needed, reducing procure times for construction management services while
ensuring the highest levels of quality and professionalism. The agency previously
contracted with 24 construction management firms for the current round of the
Program, which will expire in 2022.

Recent examples of public buildings completed by the agency under its Project Excellence Program include the new firehouse for Rescue Company #2 in Brooklyn (pictured top). Buildings currently under construction in the Program include the new Far Rockaway Library in Queens and the Staten Island Districts 1&3 Sanitation Garage in Fresh Kills.

For the Program’s next round, the
agency will seek to contract for three years with up to 15 firms to provide
construction management services for new construction, major renovations and
system upgrades and replacements. Three categories of construction management
contracts are being solicited based on the size (estimated construction cost)
of the projects for which services are to be provided:

  • Small Projects – DDC
    intends to enter into Requirements Contracts with up to five (5) qualified
    construction management firms for various projects with an estimated
    construction cost up to $10,000,000;
  • Medium Projects – DDC
    intends to enter into a Requirements Contract with up to five (5) qualified
    construction management firms for various projects with an estimated
    construction cost above $10,000,000 and up to $50,000,000;
  • Large Projects – DDC
    intends to enter into a Requirements Contract with up to five (5) qualified
    construction management firms for various projects with an estimated
    construction cost above $50,000,000.

Firms may propose for more than one category
by submitting one response to the RFP. If a firm submits a proposal for more
than one category, DDC reserves the right to assign the proposer to a category
based on the proposer’s experience, capacity and the best interests of the
Program. No firm will be awarded more than one contract regardless of how many
categories the firm submits a proposal for.

This round of construction management
contracts will include comprehensive, partial and consulting services. Contracts
have been adjusted since the previous round to incentivize firms to achieve the
City’s objectives for the Project Excellence Program:

  • All services will be on Time Card (direct
    salary with multiplier for overhead and profit) only (previous contracts
    included a fee curve for fee for profit).
  • Direct salary rates will be based on actual
    salary (previous contracts included maximum allowable direct salary rates).

DDC highly
encourages participation in the Project Excellence Program by Minority- and
Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) and sets significant requirements for
M/WBE participation in its projects. To learn more about how eligible firms can
become certified as an M/WBE, please visit Certify
With the City
.

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