Agency: City of Clearwater
State: Florida
Type of Government: State & Local
  • U - Education and Training Services
  • Y - Construction of Structures and Facilities
Posted: Apr 8, 2020
Due: May 7, 2020
Solicitation No: RFQ 32-20
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  • Department: Finance and Budget
  • Category: Purchasing Division Bid/RFP/RFQ packages
  • RFP Number: RFQ 32-20
  • Start Date: 04/08/2020
  • Close Date: 05/07/2020 10:00 AM


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TITLE: Procurement Manager


BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The City of Clearwater is seeking a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) firm to join the project team for the construction of Clearwater Police Department District 3 Substation, Project No. 18-0004-PD.






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Construction Manager at Risk Clearwater Police Department District 3
RFQ #32-20
April 8, 2020
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed Statements of Qualifications will be received by the City of
Clearwater (City) until 10:00 AM, Local Time, May 7, 2020 to provide Construction Manager at Risk
Clearwater Police Department District 3 Substation.
Brief Description: The City of Clearwater is seeking a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) firm to join
the project team for the construction of Clearwater Police Department District 3 Substation, Project No. 18-
Responses must be in accordance with the provisions, specifications and instructions set forth herein and
will be received by the Procurement Division until the above noted time, when they will be publicly
acknowledged and accepted.
This Request for Qualifications, any attachments and addenda are available for download at
Please read the entire solicitation package and submit the response in accordance with the instructions.
This document (less this invitation and the instructions) and any required documents, attachments, and
submissions will constitute the response.
General, Process, or Technical Questions concerning this solicitation should be directed, IN
WRITING, to the Procurement Manager.
This Request for Qualifications is issued by:
Lori Vogel, CPPB
Procurement Manager
CMAR CPD District 3 Substation
RFQ #32-20
i.1 VENDOR QUESTIONS: All questions regarding the contents of this solicitation, and solicitation
process (including requests for ADA accommodations), shall be directed solely to the Contact listed
on Page One (1). Questions should be submitted in writing via letter, fax or email. Questions
received less than ten (10) calendar days prior to the due date and time may be answered at the
discretion of the City.
i.2 ADDENDA/CLARIFICATIONS: Any changes to the specifications will be in the form of an
addendum. Addenda are posted on the City website no less than seven (7) days prior to the Due
Date. Vendors are cautioned to check the Purchasing Website for addenda and
clarifications prior to submitting their response. The City cannot be held responsible if a vendor
fails to receive any addenda issued. The City shall not be responsible for any oral changes to these
specifications made by any employees or officer of the City. Failure to acknowledge receipt of an
addendum may result in disqualification of a response.
Date: May 7, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM (Local Time)
The City will open all responses properly and timely submitted and will record the names and other
information specified by law and rule. All responses become the property of the City and will not
be returned except in the case of a late submission. Respondent names, as read at the opening,
will be posted on the City website. Once a notice of intent to award is posted or 30 days from day
of opening elapses, whichever occurs earlier, responses are available for inspection by contacting
the Procurement Division.
Use label at the end of this solicitation package
City of Clearwater
Attn: Procurement Division
100 S Myrtle Ave, 3rd Fl, Clearwater FL 33756-5520
PO Box 4748, Clearwater FL 33758-4748
Responses will be received publicly at this address. Respondents may mail or hand-deliver
responses. E-mail or fax submissions will not be accepted.
No responsibility will attach to the City of Clearwater, its employees or agents for premature
opening of a response that is not properly addressed and identified.
i.5 LATE RESPONSES. The respondent assumes responsibility for having the response delivered
on time at the place specified. All responses received after the date and time specified shall not
be considered and will be returned unopened to the respondent. The respondent assumes the risk
of any delay in the mail or in handling of the mail by employees of the City of Clearwater, or any
private courier, regardless whether sent by mail or by means of personal delivery. It shall not be
sufficient to show that you mailed or commenced delivery before the due date and time. All times
are Clearwater, Florida local times. The respondent agrees to accept the time stamp in the City’s
Procurement Division as the official time.
i.6 LOBBYING. Any communication regarding this solicitation for the purpose of influencing the
process or the award, between any person or affiliates seeking an award from this solicitation and
the City is prohibited. This section shall not prohibit public comment at any City Council meeting,
study session or Council committee meeting. This prohibition shall not apply to communication
with the contact(s) identified in the solicitation or City-initiated communications for the purposes of
conducting the procurement including but not limited to clarification of responses, presentations if
provided in the solicitation, contract negotiations, protest/appeal resolution, or surveying non-
responsive vendors.
i.7 RESPONSIBILITY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. Failure to read, examine and understand the
solicitation will not excuse any failure to comply with the requirements of the solicitation or any
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resulting contract, nor shall such failure be a basis for claiming additional compensation. If a vendor
suspects an error, omission or discrepancy in this solicitation, the vendor must immediately and in
any case not later than seven (7) business days in advance of the due date notify the contact on
page One (1). The City is not responsible for and will not pay any costs associated with the
preparation and submission of the response. Respondents are cautioned to verify their responses
before submission, as amendments to or withdrawal of responses submitted after time specified
for opening of responses may not be considered. The City will not be responsible for any
respondent errors or omissions.
i.8 FORM AND CONTENT OF RESPONSES. Unless otherwise instructed or allowed, responses shall
be submitted on the forms provided. An original and the designated number of copies of each
response are required. Responses, including modifications, must be submitted in ink, typed, or
printed form and signed by an authorized representative. Please line through and initial rather than
erase changes. If the response is not properly signed or if any changes are not initialed, it may be
considered non-responsive. The City may require that an electronic copy of the response be
submitted. The response must provide all information requested and must address all points. The
City does not encourage exceptions. The City is not required to grant exceptions and depending
on the exception, the City may reject the response.
i.9 DEBARMENT DISCLOSURE. If the respondent has been debarred, suspended, or otherwise
lawfully precluded from participating in any public procurement activity, including being disapproved
as a (sub)contractor with any federal, state, or local government, or if any such preclusion from
participation from any public procurement activity is currently pending, the respondent shall include
a letter with its response identifying the name and address of the governmental unit, the effective
date of this suspension or debarment, the duration of the suspension or debarment, and the
relevant circumstances relating to the suspension or debarment. If suspension or debarment is
currently pending, a detailed description of all relevant circumstances including the details
enumerated above must be provided. A response from a respondent who is currently debarred,
suspended or otherwise lawfully prohibited from any public procurement activity may be rejected.
i.10 RESERVATIONS. The City reserves the right to reject any or all responses or any part thereof; to
reissue the solicitation; to reject non-responsive or non-responsible responses; to reject
unbalanced responses; to reject responses where the terms and/or awards are conditioned upon
another event; to reject individual responses for failure to meet any requirement; to award by part
or portion, or total; to make multiple awards; to waive minor irregularities, defects, omissions,
technicalities or form errors in any response. The City may seek clarification of the response from
respondent at any time, and failure to respond is cause for rejection. Submission of a response
confers on respondent no right to an award or to a subsequent contract. The City is responsible to
make an award that is in the best interest of the City. All decisions on compliance, evaluation,
terms and conditions shall be made solely at the City’s discretion and made to favor the City. No
binding contract will exist between the respondent and the City until the City executes a written
contract or purchase order.
i.11 OFFICIAL SOLICITATION DOCUMENT. Changes to the solicitation document made by a
respondent may not be acknowledged or accepted by the City. Award or execution of a contract
does not constitute acceptance of a changed term, condition or specification unless specifically
acknowledged and agreed to by the City. The copy maintained and published by the City shall be
the official solicitation document.
i.12 ETHICS. It is the intention of the City to promote courtesy, fairness, impartiality, integrity, service,
professionalism, economy, and government by law in the Procurement process. The responsibility
for implementing this policy rests with each individual who participates in the procurement process,
including respondents and contractors.
To achieve the purpose of this Article, it is essential that respondents and contractors doing
business with the City also observe the ethical standards prescribed herein. It shall be a breach of
ethical standards to:
CMAR CPD District 3 Substation
RFQ #32-20
a. Exert any effort to influence any City employee or agent to breach the standards of ethical
b. Intentionally invoice any amount greater than provided in Contract or to invoice for Materials or
Services not provided.
c. Intentionally offer or provide sub-standard Materials or Services or to intentionally not comply
with any term, condition, specification or other requirement of a City Contract.
i.13 GIFTS. The City will accept no gifts, gratuities or advertising products from respondents or
prospective respondents and affiliates.
i.14 PROTESTS AND APPEALS. If a respondent believes there is a mistake, impropriety, or defect in
the solicitation, believes the City improperly rejected its response, and/or believes the selected
response is not in the City’s best interests, the respondent may submit a written protest. All protests
and appeals are governed by the City of Clearwater Purchasing Policies and Procedures. If any
discrepancy exists between this Section and the Procurement Rules, the language of the
Procurement Rules controls.
Protests based upon alleged mistake, impropriety, or defect in a solicitation that is apparent before
the opening must be filed with the Procurement Manager no later than five (5) business days before
Opening. Protests that only become apparent after the Bid Opening must be filed within ten (10)
business days of the alleged violation of the applicable purchasing ordinance. The complete
protest procedure can be obtained by contacting the Procurement Division.
City of Clearwater - Procurement Division
100 So Myrtle Ave, 3rd Fl
Clearwater FL 33756-5520
PO Box 4748
Clearwater FL 33758-4748
CMAR CPD District 3 Substation
RFQ #32-20
i.15 EVALUATION PROCESS. Responses will be reviewed by a screening committee comprised of
City employees and/or authorized agents. The City staff may or may not initiate discussions with
respondents for clarification purposes. Clarification is not an opportunity to change the response.
Respondents shall not initiate discussions with any City employee or official.
i.16 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION AND AWARD. The City evaluates three (3) categories of
information: responsiveness, responsibility, and the technical response. All responses must meet
the following responsiveness and responsibility criteria.
a) Responsiveness. The City will determine whether the response complies with the instructions
for submitting responses including completeness of response which encompasses the
inclusion of all required attachments and submissions. The City must reject any responses
that are submitted late. Failure to meet other requirements may result in rejection.
b) Responsibility. The City will determine whether the respondent is one with whom it can or
should do business. Factors that the City may evaluate to determine "responsibility" include,
but are not limited to: past performance, references (including those found outside the
response), compliance with applicable laws, respondent's record of performance and integrity-
e.g. has the respondent been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City, whether
the respondent is qualified legally to contract with the City, financial stability and the perceived
ability to perform completely as specified. A respondent must at all times have financial
resources sufficient, in the opinion of the City, to ensure performance of the contract and must
provide proof upon request. City staff may also use Dun & Bradstreet and/or any generally
available industry information. The City reserves the right to inspect and review respondent’s
facilities, equipment and personnel and those of any identified subcontractors. The City will
determine whether any failure to supply information, or the quality of the information, will result
in rejection.
c) Technical Response. The City will determine how well responses meet its requirements in
terms of the response to the solicitation and how well the offer addresses the needs of the
project. The City will rank offers using a point ranking system (unless otherwise specified) as
an aid in conducting the evaluation.
The criteria that will be evaluated and their relative weights are:
Evaluation Criteria
Qualifications, Experience, and References (Tab 2)
Project Approach (Tab 3)
Project Staff and Availability (Tab 4)
Construction Manager at Risk Fee and Safety Record (Tab 5)
i.17 SHORT-LISTING. The City at its sole discretion may create a short-list of the highest scored
proposals based on a preliminary evaluation against the evaluation criteria. Only those short-listed
proposers would be invited to give presentations and/or interviews. The City will finalize ranking of
the firms upon conclusion of presentations/interviews.
i.18 PRESENTATIONS/INTERVIEWS. The respondent must provide a formal presentation/interview
on-site at a City location upon request.
i.19 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS AND ACCEPTANCE. Respondent must be prepared for the City
to accept the response as submitted. If respondent fails to sign all documents necessary to
successfully execute the final contract within a reasonable time as specified, or negotiations do not
result in an acceptable agreement, the City may reject response or revoke the award, and may
begin negotiations with another Respondent. Final contract terms must be approved or signed by
the appropriately authorized City official(s). No binding contract will exist between the respondent
and the City until the City executes a written contract or purchase order.
CMAR CPD District 3 Substation
RFQ #32-20
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