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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1735


Retention of Engineering Firm

[26 Pa.B. 4964]

Westmoreland County
Reference No. 1-106

   The Turnpike Commission will retain an engineering firm or construction management firm to provide approximately three inspectors for the complete construction inspection, management, administration and documentation on the following project:

   Replacement of Bridge B-432 at Milepost 69.15 in Westmoreland County.

   The total cost of this construction contract is estimated at $1,950,000. This Agreement is anticipated to start in February, 1997, and terminate in December, 1997.

   In addition, the firm will be required to provide sufficient office personnel, managers, engineers, technicians and clerical to support the field functions.

   The firm selected will be required to attend the prebid meeting and the preconstruction conference with the Commission.

   The selected firm will be required to write all project correspondence, review shop drawings, approve materials, and inspect the manufacture of selected construction materials. In addition, the selected firm will be required to keep records utilizing the Turnpike's Construction Documentation System (CDS), document the construction work, prepare current and final estimates for payment to the construction contractor, prepare change orders, conduct monthly job conferences, monitor the monthly progress, provide liaison with affected utilities and communities, conduct semi-final and final inspections, determine from project records the final quantities of each contract item, and perform other duties as may be required.

   Sixty percent of the inspection staff assigned to this Commission construction project must meet any of the following requirements:

   (1)  Be certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) as a Transportation Engineering Technician-Construction, Level 2 or higher.

   (2)  Be registered as a Professional Engineer by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 1 year of highway experience acceptable to the Commission.

   (3)  Be certified as an Engineer-in-Training by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with 2 years of highway experience acceptable to the Commission.

   (4)  Hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with 2 years of highway experience acceptable to the Department or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology with 2 years of highway experience acceptable to the Commission.

   (5)  Hold an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology with 3 years of highway experience acceptable to the Commission.

   The remaining 40% assigned to each Commission construction project shall meet the following minimum education and experience requirements:

   Education--Graduation from high school or equivalent certification or formal training. Completion of a training program in construction inspection approved by the Commission may be substituted for high school graduation.

   Experience--One year of experience in construction inspection or workmanship which required reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications or 1 year of experience in a variety of assignments involving the testing of materials used in highway or similar construction projects. A 2 to 4 year engineering college degree may be substituted for 1 year of experience.

   The Selection Committee will establish an order of ranking of a minimum of three firms for the purpose of negotiating an engineering agreement based on the evaluation of the acceptable letters of interest. Technical proposals will not be requested prior to the establishment of the ranking.

   Direct inquiries to Matthew J. Wagner at (717) 939-9551, Extension 5210.

General Requirements and Information

   Firms interested in performing the above services are invited to submit letters of interest to Paul A. Edmunds, P.E., Acting Deputy Executive Director-Engineering/Chief Engineer, Administration Building located on Eisenhower Boulevard at the Harrisburg-East Interchange near Highspire, PA (Mailing Address: P. O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676).

   The letters of interest must include the heading, the firm's Federal Identification Number and the Project Reference Number indicated in this advertisement. A Standard Form 254, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement must be submitted for the firm, each party in a joint venture and for each subconsultant the firm or joint venture is proposing to use for the performance of professional services. Standard Form 255, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Project,'' must accompany each letter of interest. DOT Form D-487 (as revised 6/89) must be completed to show an indication of both the prime consultant's and subconsultant's current workload by listing all Department of Transportation and Turnpike Commission projects.

   Standard Form 255 must be filled out in its entirety, including Item No. 6 listing the proposed subconsultants and the type of work or service they will perform on this project. DBE's must be presently certified by the Department and the name of the firms and the work to be performed must be indicated in Item 6.

   Firms with out-of-State headquarters or corporations not incorporated in Pennsylvania must include with each letter of interest a copy of their registration to do business in the Commonwealth as provided by the Department of State.

   The Turnpike Commission currently limits its participation in the renumeration of principals or consultant employees performing work on projects to $72,800 per annum or $35 per hour or their actual audited remuneration, whichever is less. The Commission currently limits its participation in the consultant's office indirect payroll costs (overhead) to 130% and the consultant's field indirect payroll costs (overhead) to 100% or the consultant's actual audited overhead rate, whichever is less.

   The following factors will be considered by the Committee during their evaluation of the firms submitting letters of interest:

   (A)  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm.

   (B)  Past record of performance with respect to cost control, work quality and ability to meet schedules. The specific experience of individuals who constitute the firms shall be considered.

   (C)  The prime consultant's and subconsultant's current workload as indicated on DOT Form D-427 (as revised 6/86). Letters of interest not including Form D-427 are subject to nonconsideration by the Selection Committee.

   (D)  Location of consultant's and subconsultant's office where the work will be performed.

   (E)  Listing of subconsultants intended. Any deviation from the subconsultants listed in the letter of interest will require written approval from the Commission.

   (F)  Previous experience in construction inspection of large highway or public works projects.

   (G)  Other factors, if any, specific to the project.

   The letters of interest and required forms must be received by 4 p.m. on November 1, 1996. Letters of interest received after this date and time will be time-stamped and returned.

   The assignment of the above services will be made to one of the firms responding to this notice, but the Commission reserves the right to reject all letters of interest submitted, to cancel the solicitation requested under this notice and/or to readvertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1735. Filed for public inspection October 11, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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