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Valparaiso Lakes Area Conservancy District

To assure compliance with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and related requirements regarding competitive negotiation of professional engineering services, Porter County through their sub-recipient Valparaiso Lakes Area Conservancy District (VLACD) is seeking Statement of Qualifications for a professional engineering service.

Description of Services Needed

VLACD following Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) regulations is seeking a professional engineering firm to complete final design, bid specifications, easement obtainment (if necessary), state and local permits, and construction inspection for the Blackhawk Beach Stormwater Improvement Project. Please email Tina Henderson at for the scope of work for the Blackhawk Beach Stormwater Project.

Type of Contract

The VLACD along with Porter County will execute a firm, fixed-price contract for these services.

Federal Requirements

Prospective offerors should note the successful proposer must meet the following terms and conditions:

•24 CFR Part 85.36.

•Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

•Conflict of Interest (24 CFR Part 570).

•Access to records.

•Executive Order 11246 – Equal Employment Opportunity

•Executive Order 12138 – Women Business Enterprise Policy.

•Architectural Barrier Act of 1968.

•Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

•Section 3 Clause – Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968.

•Section 504 – Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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•Retention and Custodial Requirements (24 CFR Part 85.42).

•Executive Order 11063.

•Affirmative Action Program / Plan.

•Davis Bacon and Related Acts.

•Grant Support has a 10% MBEBE goal for all projects funded with CDBG Funds

Rate of Qualifications

The proposal must include sufficient information regarding qualifications and determine that the respondent is qualified and has relevant experience. Do not include a proposed fee as this is a qualification-based selection process. The statement of qualifications should include the following:

1.Name, address, and brief description of firm. The statement of qualifications shall also provide the following information: name, title, address, and telephone number of individuals with authority to negotiate and bind the proposer contractually, and who may be contacted during the period of evaluation.

2.One-page narrative as to the firm’s interest, particular abilities, and qualifications related to this project.

3.A description of expertise, experience, and resources directly relevant and available for the proposed project. Describe other projects designed by this firm and key personnel resumes pertinent to this project. Provide examples of knowledge, expertise and/or experience with other related work.

4.Resumes of professional staff members that will work on this project. Name of person that will oversee the project.

5.A list of references.

6.A project timeline.

Award of Contract

Evaluation criteria shall include:

A.Specialized experience or technical expertise of the organization and its personnel in connection with the scope of services to be provided and complexity of the project (25pts).

B.Past record of performance on contracts, including quality of work, timeliness, and cost control (25pts).

C.Capacity of the organization to perform the work within time limitations, taking into consideration the current planned workload of the firm (25 pts).

D.Familiarity of the organization with this type of project or problems applicable to the project (25pts).

If you are interested in providing the required services, please submit five (5) copies of the Statement of Qualification to the VLACD Main Office, 1805 Burlington Beach Road, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 no later than 10:00 a.m. Central Time on April 18, 2022. Each Statement of Qualification will be reviewed for completeness and clarity according to the above criteria. Interviews are anticipated to be held on April 19, 2022, at 5:30pm Central Time.

The VLACD along with Porter County may or may not negotiate the fee schedule with one or more offers. The VLACD along with Porter County reserves the right to reject any and/ or all responses. The VLACD and Porter County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The contract is tentatively scheduled to be awarded on April 20, 2022. Offerors may desire additional information, a site visit or clarification regarding the Statement of Qualification. If so, please contact Bob Minarich, General manager between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time at 219-464-3770.

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