CHFA-269-RFQ for Environmental Consultant Services

Agency: Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
State: Connecticut
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541330 - Engineering Services
  • 541620 - Environmental Consulting Services
Posted Date: Jan 22, 2024
Due Date: Feb 5, 2024
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CHFA-269-RFQ for Environmental Consultant Services 1/3/24 2/5/24 4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers

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Dear Interested Party:
Date: January 3, 2024
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT SERVICES
The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (“CHFA”) requests written qualifications for
Environmental Consulting Services. CHFA will not reimburse for any expenses incurred in
connection with this Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) including, but not limited to, the cost of
preparing the initial response and any additional information requested or travel expenses
relating to any oral presentation. Please be advised that responses will be considered property of
CHFA, are matters of public record, and may be disclosed by CHFA after the awarding of a
contract.
OVERVIEW
CHFA, a body politic and corporate constituting a public instrumentality and political
subdivision of the State of Connecticut, was created in 1969 and operates pursuant to Chapter
134 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended. CHFA’s purpose is to help alleviate the
shortage of affordable housing for low-income and moderate-income families and persons in
Connecticut by providing single family mortgages, financing for rental housing, and mortgages
for the purchase, development, and construction of housing.
For additional information about CHFA, please reference CHFA’s website at www.chfa.org.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
CHFA is seeking qualifications for one or more of the services listed below:
Review environmental reports to ensure that reports and documents submitted by
applicants and their environmental consultants meet the most current and applicable
CHFA Construction Guidelines: Environmental & Hazardous Materials Review, (which
can be found on the CHFA Website), and applicable federal, state, and local
environmental laws and regulations.
o Environmental document(s) review includes, but is not limited to, the following
reports:
Phase I, II, III Environmental Site Assessment Reports
Hazardous Building Materials Survey Reports
Remedial Action Plans, Soil and/or Groundwater Management Plans
Environmental Cost Estimates for Remediation or Abatement
Provide Environmental Field Observation, Monitoring & Oversight to ensure that:
Environmental remediation and/or abatement work complies with
applicable CHFA Guidelines, State and Federal Laws and Regulations
including, but not limited to, the requirements of the State of Connecticut
Department of Public Health, State of Connecticut Department of Energy
and Environmental Protection, United States Department of Housing and
Urban Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Duties and responsibilities may include:
Attending project meetings; observing environmental abatement/
site remediation progress and reporting outstanding issues or
concerns to CHFA;
Reviewing proposed change orders, requisitions pertaining to
environmental work, and confirming that the work was completed
in accordance with the contractor’s requisitions;
Communicating with the assigned CHFA staff member in writing,
verbally and /or by email whenever necessary;
Prepare Environmental Reports:
Visit and assess proposed sites and/or existing multifamily developments
to observe environmental conditions;
Prepare environmental reports, including Phase I, II , & III Environmental
Site Assessments and/or Hazardous Building Materials Survey Report;
Prepare Environmental Cost Estimate Reports for multifamily developments and verify
that cost estimates address environmental remediation and/or abatement requirements for
environmental issues and compliance requirements.
Firms should be familiar with Connecticut Environmental Policy Act and National
Environmental Policy Act laws and regulations.
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EVALUATION CRITERIA
Firms will be evaluated on the basis of their written responses to this RFQ, additional written
information as requested by CHFA and oral interviews, if any, including, but not limited to, the
following criteria:
Environmental Experience of the Firm and number of years in practice
Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional
Qualifications of the firm’s personnel
Multifamily housing experience
Firm’s organization and approach
Knowledge about the Fair Housing Act Design and Construction Requirements
Absence of conflicts or potential conflicts
Fees
Equal employment opportunity and affirmative action
Connecticut presence
CHFA may select multiple firms for the services described herein. No selected firm is
guaranteed or ensured any number of contracts or proportion of business.
REQUESTED INFORMATION
All firms must address the following issues and questions:
1. Provide a brief description of your firm, its history and main areas of business. Indicate
the total number of staff and the team available to CHFA. Describe any significant
changes in the organization of your firm in the last five (5) years. Indicate the total
number of environmental professionals and the number available to CHFA.
2. Provide a summary of the key strengths and qualifications of your firm to provide
environmental consulting services to CHFA.
3. Provide copies of any State of Connecticut licenses and resumes for each principal and
each staff member who will be available to CHFA.
4. Describe your presence in Connecticut, if any, including corporate existence in
Connecticut, whether formed in Connecticut or authorized to do business in the state.
This may include, but not be limited to, information on the number of offices your firm
maintains in Connecticut, the location of such offices, the number of Connecticut
residents employed in those offices, and payroll and corporate taxes paid in Connecticut.
If your firm currently is not registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State, please
indicate whether your firm will register if your firm is awarded this contract.
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5. Include any participation by your firm in any civic or other non-profit activities,
including any charitable contributions that your firm made in Connecticut.
6. Provide a summary of the professional and technical background of the individual
environmental or other professionals who would be assigned to work with CHFA. Please
indicate their probable areas of responsibility and the percentage of their time which
would be available to service CHFA’s account.
7. Provide the hourly rates or range of rates of the individual environmental or professional
services identified above, including:
a. project managers, principal(s) in charge, licensed professionals, other
technical or administrative services;
b. any other services for which you routinely bill;
Rates provided should be for the term of the contract.
Identify any fee structures, other than hourly rates, that would be acceptable to your
firm. Discuss the benefit to CHFA of such arrangements and any limitations thereon.
Indicate whether your firm is willing to undertake consulting services on a fixed
fee basis for the term of the contract.
If your firm has discounted rates for quasi-governmental agencies, such as CHFA,
those rates should be identified.
8. Provide, in tabular form, information on the employee composition of your firm
indicating the total number of employees and the total number and percentages of
minorities and women employed and their titles.
9. Submit specific information regarding your firm’s commitment to Affirmative Action
and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Please include, at a minimum, policies and
practices, including but not limited to hiring practices, and any information that would
demonstrate your firm’s commitment to expanding diversity in the workplace, including
recruiting initiatives, retention and promotion efforts and ongoing assessment of your
firm’s progress with respect to underrepresented groups (e.g. in terms of ethnicity,
gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc). Please include your firm's most recent EEO-
1 report if required to file.
10. Describe your firm’s commitment to diversity, education, and training of the next
generation of workers in your profession. Please include:
a. A brief description of any internship programs your firm offers and the applicable
percentage of the internships for the underrepresented groups.
b. A brief description of any scholarships your firm provides to students and the
applicable percentage of the underrepresented recipients.
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11. Does your firm have a written policy, program or initiatives to foster business
relationships with the underrepresented groups? If so, please provide details of the
program and the percentage of business conducted with those groups.
12. Describe any and all material lawsuits, legal or administrative proceedings or
governmental investigations, criminal actions or law enforcement activities (including
those by federal, state or local authorities, or self-regulatory organizations) or non-routine
inquiries or investigations relating to you, your firm, or any of your affiliates, including
any proceedings to which you, your firm, your affiliates or any of their respective
officers, directors or employees are a named party or of which any of such has been the
focus, that have occurred in the last three (3) years or that are currently threatened,
including whether you, your firm, or any of your affiliates, or their respective officers,
directors or employees have been censured by any regulatory body. Describe any such
circumstances and advise whether these investigations or proceedings will affect you or
your firm’s ability to complete the proposed transaction and perform the services in this
RFQ.
13. Disclose any material assignments, relationships, or other employment that your firm or
any employee of your firm has with any financial advisory firms, investment banks
or law firms, governmental entities, institutional or private mortgage lenders,
builders, developers or general contractors, or other persons or entities that may
create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest in serving as a
consultant to CHFA. Discuss any measures that are either in place at your firm or
would be taken to identify, disclose and resolve any possible conflicts of interest.
14. Has your firm ever been removed from an account prior to the expiration of its contract
(i.e., been fired)? If so, please explain. If you wish, list the name of a third party with
whom the Authority could discuss this termination.
15. Describe your firm's knowledge of and past experience with CHFA.
16. Please provide as references, a minimum of three clients for whom your firm has
performed similar and substantial services. Please include the name of the person to
contact, his or her phone number and email address. Please include as references any
other State of Connecticut agencies or departments that have engaged your firm to
perform services.
17. Selected persons or firms must comply with CHFA and State Ethics requirements, laws
and regulations. Persons or firms seeking to do business with CHFA are required to
comply with the ethics statement, attached hereto on Exhibit C, and the applicable
provisions of the Code of Ethics and Code of Ethics for Lobbyists incorporated therein by
reference.
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