Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University

made by Florida A&M University (FAMU) for:

PROJECT NAME: CAMPUS WIDE ELECTRICAL UPGRADE / TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE, PHASE-3. PROJECT NUMBER: BR-322; LOCATION: Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee, FL 32307. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The work to be performed under this project consists of providing the labor, equipment and materials to replace a potion of the campus electrical distribution system – converting from 5kv to 15kv. Work includes new underground duct and manhole system with 15kv cable, transformers and pad-mounted switchgear. Provides new 15kv main switchgear in a new vault of concrete masonry construction with brick veneer and a metal roof at the south end of the campus. Also included are modification to the electrical service in several existing buildings, a campus power monitoring system with new power meters and fiber optic communication cable and other work as required for a complete and functional system. The estimated base construction budget is $7,800,000.

QUALIFICATION: All Bidders must be qualified at the time of bid opening in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders, Article B-2 and the following:

1.     The Contractor shall be a State of Florida Certified Electrical Contractor.

2.     The Contractor shall be regularly engaged in, and shall have a minimum of 7 years experience in the Installation, Maintenance and Conversion of 15kV and up medium voltage systems. The Medium Voltage work must be handled by in-house forces and not a Sub-Contractor.

3.     The Contractor shall have completed 3 projects over the past 5 years similar in size, Voltage class and complexity with each having a value between 3 and 5 million dollars.

4.     The Contractor shall have an insurance company “Experience Modification Rate” (EMR) of less than 1.

Sealed bids will be received on:

DATE AND TIME: January 5, 2010 until 2:00 p.m. (Local Time).

PLACE: Plant Operations Facilities, Building A, Room 100, 2400 Wahnish Way, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, immediately after which time and place they will be publicly opened and read aloud down the hall in one of the Conference Rooms (Bid Tabulation will be posted back in Suite 100).

PROPOSAL: Bids must be submitted in full and in accordance with the requirements of the drawings and Project Manual, which may be obtained or examined at the office of the Architect/Engineer: Fred Wilson & Associates, Inc., 3970 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32207-5398, (904)398-8636, Fax: (904)398-8636.

PRE-SOLICITATION/PRE-BID MEETING: The Bidder is required to attend the pre-solicitation/pre-bid meeting. This mandatory meeting has been scheduled for:

DATE AND TIME: December 9, 2009, 2:00 p.m. (Local Time)

PLACE: Plant Operations Facilities, Building A, Room 100, 2400 Wahnish Way, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

DEPOSIT: $150 per set of drawings and Project Manual is required with a limit of three (3) sets per general contractor or prime bidder; and one (1) set of drawings and Project Manuals for subcontractors.

REFUND: The deposit shall only be refunded to those general contractors, prime bidders, or plumbing, heating/ventilating/air conditioning and electrical contractors acting as either prime or subcontractors, who after having examined the drawings and specifications:

a.     Submit a bona fide bid, or

b.     Provide written evidence that they have submitted bids as subcontractors for plumbing, heating/ventilating/air conditioning, or electrical work, and who return the drawings and Project Manual in good condition within fifteen (15) days after receipt of bids.

PURCHASE: Full sets of bidding documents may be examined at the Architect/ Engineer’s office and local plan rooms. Full sets may be purchased through the Engineer for $150 per set for the printing and handling cost.

PUBLIC ENTITY CRIMES: As required by Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, a contractor may not submit a bid for this project if it is on the convicted vendor list for a public entity crime committed within the past 36 months. The successful contractor must warrant that it will neither utilize the services of, nor contract with, any supplier, subcontractor, or consultant in excess of $25,000 in connection with this project for a period of 36 months from the date of their being placed on the convicted vendor list. Direct all project related question to: Engineer first, then to Clinton Smith, Project Manager at (850)412-7506.