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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-311



Retention of an Archaeological Consulting Firm

[29 Pa.B. 1094]

Project Reference No. FDC-500-577

   The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department) will retain an archaeological consultant to conduct Phase 1, 2 and 3 surveys at various State parks and State forests in this Commonwealth. This consultant's area of responsibility shall include projects throughout the entire Commonwealth. Bureau of Facility Design and Construction personnel will identify the sites to be surveyed.

   The services shall include, but are not limited to, a preliminary meeting in the Bureau of Facility Design and Construction office at 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, for each project, a site visit and the required archaeological surveys and subsequent reports for each project. These surveys and reports are for support of the Bureau's construction program. It is important that upon assignment of a specific site, the selected firm must be capable of completing the surveys and reports in a timely and expedient manner. The selected firm may be required to complete surveys on multiple sites concurrently and complete and submit reports to the Bureau in a format acceptable to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The contract shall be based on the hours of service and qualifying expenses not exceeding the contract amount. The survey reports will be reviewed by Bureau of Facility Design and Construction personnel and, when acceptable, approved by the Bureau. The Bureau of Facility Design and Construction will obtain other agency approvals necessary.

   Interested professionals and firms must be listed in the most recent edition of Archaeological Consultants as maintained by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Personnel involved in providing these services shall have at least the minimum educational and professional experience requirements as defined by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in Appendix B of A Comprehensive State Plan for the Conservation of Archaeological Resources, Volume 1; PHMC; 1985.

   The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania strongly encourages the submission of proposals by SERBs.

General Requirements and Information

   Firms interested in performing the required services for this project are invited to submit Letters of Interest to Eugene J. Comoss, P.E., Director, Bureau of Facility Design and Construction, RCSOB 8th Floor, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8451.

   Each Letter of Interest must include the firm's Federal identification number and the project reference number. The Letter of Interest shall also include a description of the firm's three most recently completed projects similar to the project being proposed. The description shall include the client, contact person and phone number, and the estimated or actual cost of the work, which the firm performed, the project manager and the names of all personnel who made major contributions to the project.

   A standard DGS Form 150-ASP must accompany the Letter of Interest and shall indicate the individual in charge. The Form 150-ASP is available by downloading from DGS Home Page on the Internet at Form 150-ASP may also be obtained in hard copy or on disk (in Word '97 format only). Written request for hard copy or disk should be addressed to the Selections Committee, Department of General Services, Room 104, 18th and Herr Streets, Harrisburg, PA 17125. In addition, the Form 150-ASP can be obtained by e-mail by addressing your request to:

   The contract will be a multiple year contract for a period of 5 years. The fee for the first year of this contract will not exceed $25,000. The extent of work for each of the remaining 4 years will be dependent on the availability of additional funds and additional projects. Should hourly rates change during the second through the fifth year of the contract, these rates must also be included in the sealed proposal.

   The following factors will be considered during the evaluation of the firm's Letter of Interest:

   A.  Maximum weights for each major criterion have been established by the Department. Subparagraphs shown as follows are for the guidelines of the readers only and are not to be assigned quantitative weight.

   1.  Qualifications Experience and Personnel.

   2.  Capability and Capacity to Perform Multiple Projects Simultaneously.

   3.  Understanding the Project and Effectiveness of Approach.

   Each proposer shall relate their proposal to the above criteria.

   Six copies of both the letter of interest and the required forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 9, 1999. The assignment and services will be made to one of the firms responding to this notice. However, the Department reserves the right to reject all Letters of Interest submitted, cancel the solicitation requested under this notice and/or readvertise solicitation of this service.

   The Department will not offer a debriefing session to the unsuccessful firms. The Department disclaims any liability whatsoever to its review of the proposal submitted and in formulating a recommendation for selections. Recommendations made by the Department shall be final.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-311. Filed for public inspection February 26, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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