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Invitation To Bid



INVITATION TO TRADE CONTRACTORS FIRMS TO SUBMIT PREQUALIFICATION APPLICATIONS Bond Brothers, Inc., as the Construction Manager at Risk, is going out for prequalification for select trades on the following project at the University of Connecticut:BOILER PLANT EQUIPMENT & UTILITY TUNNEL CONNECTION, PACKAGE #2, PROJECT NUMBER: 300151Completed Applications will be accepted until March 11th, 2021 at 2:00PM. Applications received after the due date and time will not receive consideration and shall be returned unopened. Completed Applications must be received at: BOND UConn Field OfficeATTN: Kyle Ledoux46 King Hill RoadStorrs, Connecticut 06269Qualifications shall be submitted on forms and in the manner specified. The Prequalification Application for this project and scoring used for evaluations will be made available on March 1st, 2021. Copies will be provided electronically at no cost by emailing Kyle Ledoux at kledoux@bond-building.com. The prequalification process will not require pricing of the work, itself, only submission of qualifications including experience, safety modification rating, and bonding capacity. Request for information (RFI’s) submitted to Kyle Ledoux via email. The cut-off date for Prequalification RFIs is 2:00 pm on March 5th, 2021.Applicants must provide a copy of their current approved Classification status by the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, (“DASâ€?) with their Application as prequalified for their specific trade scope of work. Separate applications shall be submitted by an applicant in the case of multiple bid package prequalification requests, and each Application shall include the corresponding Certificate. Applicants to the set-aside packages must submit their current small or minority business enterprise certification. Only contractors pre-qualified by both the DAS, in the classification required for this specific project, and Bond Brothers, Inc. through this Prequalification Application, will be eligible to submit bids for this project in the trades to be prequalified, listed on the following table. No meeting is planned in relation to this prequalification process. The right to reject any or all applicants is hereby reserved. It is the policy of Bond Brothers, Inc. to include the participation of MBE firms in the project and not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff and termination. All bidders are required to adhere to EEO policy. Small and Minority Businesses (S/MBE) are encouraged to apply/bid. For additional information on certifying as an S/MBE in Connecticut, please visit the following link: http://das.ct.gov/cr1.aspx?page=34S/MBE Contractors may find the following independent third-party resources helpful: The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) – provides no-cost advising assistance to both prospective existing business owners to help them start or grow their business. For more information, please visit http://ctsbdc.com/contact/. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – guarantees bid, performance and payment bonds issued by surety companies. This Federal guarantee encourages surety companies to bond S/MBE’s who are having difficulty obtaining bonding on their own. For more information, please visit https://www.sba.gov/suretybonds. Creative Insurance Concepts, Inc. (CIC) – http://www.creativeic.com/bonds.html – Participants in the SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program in most states. Contact Charlene Reynolds, CEO, at 804-674-8330 or cjreynolds@creativeic.com. Entrepreneurial Center – Whether you need to learn how to start your own business, obtain a loan, or how to run a business more profitably, The Entrepreneurial Center supports you with Resources and Tools. Learn about their free and low-cost services that support CT small business. Physical Location: Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. Phone: (860) 768-5663. Website: http://www.hartford.edu/ec/ . Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT PTAP) – CT PTAP’s mission is to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. CT PTAP is a statewide program serving all cities and towns in Connecticut. If contacting CT PTAP for the first time, please fill out and submit the Application for Assistance on their website or call 860-437-4659 Ext. 208. Website: http://www.ctptap.org/Project Description:The Boiler Plant Equipment & Utility Tunnel project includes the installation of new 125-pound steam boilers and steam piping systems within the existing North Campus Utility Tunnel, Cogen Facility and Heating Plant (Boiler Building). The bid packages subject to this prequalification include the plumbing and masonry/chimney repair scopes of work. Budget for Bid Packages:Bid Package #4 – Masonry & Chimney; Estimated Value: $624,734Bid Package #7 – Plumbing; Estimated Value: $592,000Project Schedule/Duration:Estimated design/submittal start date: April 2021Estimate construction duration at Central Utility Plant: April 2021 thru December 2021Estimated construction duration at Supplemental Utility Plant: July 2022 thru January 2023Subcontractor Qualifications:Applicants requesting prequalification to submit bids on this project must demonstrate proven financial ability, managerial ability, technical ability, the highest safety standards, and integrity. The Applicant must demonstrate the financial ability and bonding capacity to complete a project with a value of at least the value stated above. Most recent audited financial statements are required for this prequalification, as further outlined in this Prequalification Application.The Applicant must demonstrate the ability to staff the project with high quality, experienced management personnel and must provide adequate levels of staffing to oversee the project through completion. In addition, the firm shall propose a team that will be assigned to this project. The firm must demonstrate the individual staff members’ experience on past relevant projects performing work of a similar scope and nature to this project and in a comparable position as assigned on this project. Trade contractors must perform a minimum of 40% of labor by their own forces.The Applicant must demonstrate, through experience, the highest degree of ability to successfully complete projects of a similar size, scope, nature, value, and duration as the project which is the subject of this Application. Project relevant experience demonstrating these requirements must be submitted on the Prequalification Application. The Applicant shall demonstrate the ability to work safely and in harmonious, non-adversarial relationships with the owner and its agents in order to achieve successful completion of the project. This is a prevailing wage rate project. Additionally, the Applicant must be able to show past compliance with the State of Connecticut CHRO and Department of Labor requirements and regulations. For this project, Applicant is advised that they must award thirty percent (30%) or more of the value of their awarded contract to certified SBE’s and, of that amount, one-third (10% of the total award) or more must be awarded to SBE’s who are also MBE’s. Applicants to the Demolition/Abatement and Electrical bid packages must have current certification as either a small business or minority business enterprise. BOND reserves the right to reject any or all Applications, and to waive any informality or technical defects if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the project. Bond reserves the right to refuse to prequalify any Applicant for this particular project notwithstanding the fact that they may have prequalified for previous project(s).
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