January 09, 2020
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is soliciting competitive sealed proposals from qualified contractors for a Construction
Manager (CM) at Risk for the Preconstruction and Construction of the Water Tower Global Innovation Hub at Gwinnett for the
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources.
Proposals must be returned in a sealed container marked on the outside with the Request for Proposal number and Company Name.
Proposals will be received until 2:50 P.M. local time on February 07, 2020 at the Gwinnett County Financial Services - Purchasing
Division – 2nd Floor, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. Any proposal received after this date and time will not be
accepted. Proposals will be publicly opened and only names of submitting firms will be read at 3:00 P.M. A list of firms submitting
proposals will be available the following business day on our website www.gwinnettcounty.com.
A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 23, 2020 at the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center,
3320 Financial Center Way, Buford, GA 30519 – Operations Building. All contractors are urged to attend.
Questions regarding proposals should be directed to Dana Garland, CPPB, Purchasing Associate III, at
email@example.com no later than Friday, January 24, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. Proposals are legal and binding upon the
bidder when submitted. One unbound original, five (5) copies, and one copy on disk/electronic copy should be submitted of the
proposal without the cost. Cost should be submitted in one separately sealed envelope with the proposal copies, clearly marked
“cost/fee proposal”. Only one cost/fee proposal is necessary in a sealed envelope. Do not put additional copies of the cost/fee
schedule in the technical proposal copies. The original proposal will not be bound as stated in the invitation to propose, and
therefore the separately sealed cost/fee proposal should be unbound as well.
All contractors must submit with bid, a bid bond, certified check or cashier's check in the amount of five percent (5%) of the base
amount for preconstruction services. Failure to submit a bid bond with the proper rating will result in the proposal being deemed non-
responsive. The successful supplier will be required to meet insurance requirements, submit a one hundred percent (100%)
performance bond and a one hundred percent (100%) payment bond. Insurance and Bonding Company should be licensed to do
business by the Georgia Secretary of State, authorized to do business in Georgia by The Georgia Insurance Department, listed in the
Department of Treasury's Publication of Companies holding Certificates of Authority as Acceptable Surety on Federal Bonds and as
acceptable reinsuring companies. The bid bond, payment bond, and performance bond must have an A.M. Best rating of A-12 for
construction or higher. Please see the solicitation document for further information regarding insurance and bonding. The Owner
may retain from the monies which may become due the amount of $1,000.00 per day for each and every day that the completion of the
work may be delayed.
Gwinnett County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to its programs or activities. Any requests
for reasonable accommodations required by individuals to fully participate in any open meeting, program or activity of Gwinnett County
Government should be directed to Susan Canon, Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center, 770-822-8165.
The written proposal documents supersede any verbal or written prior communications between the parties.
Selection criteria are outlined in the request for proposal documents. Gwinnett County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals
to waive technicalities and to make an award deemed in its best interest.
Award notification will be posted after award on the County website, www.gwinnettcounty.com and companies submitting a proposal
will be notified via email.
We look forward to your proposal and appreciate your interest in Gwinnett County.
Dana Garland, CPPB
Purchasing Associate III
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) AT RISK FOR THE PRECONSTRUCTION AND
CONSTRUCTION OF THE WATER TOWER GLOBAL INNOVATION HUB AT GWINNETT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. Request for Proposal Document
Scope of Work
Proposal Submission Instructions
Selection Procedures and Evaluation Criteria
B. Basic Attachments
Attachment 1. Cost Proposal – Submitted in a separate Sealed Envelope
Attachment 2. Firm Information – Submitted with Technical Proposal
Attachment 3. Code of Ethics Affidavit- Submitted with Technical Proposal
Attachment 4. Contractor Affidavit and Agreement Regarding Illegal
Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act – Submitted with
Attachment 5. Professional Insurance Requirement – Submitted only by
Highest Scoring Firm
Attachment 6. Bond Requirements (Bid, Payment, Performance)-Bid Bond
submitted by ALL firms, Payment and Performance Bond
submitted only by the Highest Scoring Firm
Appendix A. Conceptual Site Plan
Appendix B. Gresham Smith Conceptual Narrative
Appendix C. Conceptual Development Schedule
D. Elements of Construction Manager Contract
Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager as
Guaranteed Maximum Price Authorization (Sample)
General Conditions of Contract for Construction
Construction Insurance Requirements
Performance and Payment Bond Increase Riders
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) AT RISK FOR THE PRECONSTRUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION OF
THE WATER TOWER GLOBAL INNOVATION HUB AT GWINNETT
The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub mission is to be a thriving ecosystem of water innovation fueled
by imagination, informed by research and powered by pioneers. The Water Tower goal is to become a
landmark for water innovation and an ecosystem that will have a positive impact on public health and
The Water Tower Institute (“Owner” or “Water Tower”), is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit organization
established to develop and operate The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub at Gwinnett. The Water
Tower is developing a campus district anchored by a nationally renowned research center focusing on
training, education and research to attract water-oriented companies and support workforce
development and public engagement around water related issues.
Gwinnett County has a reputation for being proactive, especially when it comes to water. The F. Wayne
Hill Water Resources Facility, constructed in the early 2000s, is still considered today as one of the most
advanced water reclamation facilities on the Eastern Seaboard. The Board of Commissioners and the
Department of Water Resources began discussions about creating a water innovation center several
years ago. That vision is coming to fruition in this, the first phase of an innovation campus district
located adjacent to the F. Wayne Hill Facility.
The first major component of this overall campus district is the Water Tower Global Innovation Hub (“the
Hub”). The Hub will partner with universities and other entities to secure research grants and conduct
technology demonstrations. Space will be offered to private sector companies to conduct
demonstrations of their technologies on different water quality streams from the F. Wayne Hill Water
The Hub will be a 55,600 gross square feet, three story flexible building based on a standard office
building structural grid of 120’ by 225’. Labeled as “Building A” on the attached campus conceptual
master plan (Appendix A), Phase 1 will include site infrastructure, parking, and best practice stormwater
management features. The program includes office and collaboration space, classroom and meeting
space, 250-seat multi-purpose space and multiple laboratories.
This Proposal is only concerned with Phase I of the campus. Later phase proposed improvements
shown on the conceptual master plan, for information only, include a 75,000 square foot flex office
space (“Building B”), a renovation of an existing maintenance facility (“Building C”), and a high bay
building with an outside pad to house research truck trailers (“Building E”). These three buildings are
outside of this request for proposal’s scope but detailed to give prospective firms context of the vision
for the campus.
A. Basic Program and Design
The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is soliciting competitive sealed proposals for
Construction Manager (CM) at Risk for the Preconstruction and Construction of the Water Tower Global
Innovation Hub at Gwinnett. All work will be located at 2000 Clean Water Drive, Buford, GA 30519.
DaVinci Development Collaborative (“DaVinci”) is the development manager for the project and the
project team coordinator.
HGOR is the architect responsible for designing the campus master plan. They are responsible for
landscape and stormwater design associated with Phase I.
Gresham Smith is the design engineer responsible for the design and permitting of Phase I.
B. Construction Budget and Schedule
Appendix C in the proposal contains a design and construction schedule for the Water Tower Global
Innovation Hub at Gwinnett. With design work still in the early stages, there may be some amendments
to the schedule during the request for proposal process.
The Water Tower team has set forth a specific cost objective using market benchmarking for this
project comparable to other institutional buildings with similar programs. The owner has set forth a
hard cost construction budget objective including sitework and vertical construction of $24,800,000.00,
based on a building program of 55,600 gross square feet.
The cost objective is a critical aspect of this request for proposal. The Water Tower will expect the
selected respondent to deliver the project for the indicated cost objective while staying as close as
possible to the current design intent and development program. Toward this primary objective, the
Water Tower team strongly encourages respondents to provide creative value-engineering suggestions
as part of their response to help ensure the cost objective can be met.
SCOPE OF WORK
Construction management services will include a variety of preconstruction services to assist the
Architect and County in the design, budgeting, and scheduling/phasing of the project; and construction
services under a Construction Manager at Risk (Guaranteed Maximum Price) delivery approach. The
construction process is expected to involve phased work and multiple open-book pricing exercises by
the Construction Manager. The Construction Manager’s preconstruction services will be performed in
association with each phase of design. The Construction Manager at risk contract will be awarded with a
fixed fee for preconstruction services and based on an aggregate project budget for construction of the
Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for all pre-construction and construction phases shall not exceed
$24,800,000.00 inclusive of the Construction Manager’s fee for profit, corporate overhead, and mark-ups.
The Construction Manager’s actual compensation for each phase of the project will be the guaranteed
maximum price for each such phase as determined by the Agreement between owner and Construction
Manager as constructor. It is anticipated that each phase of construction will be authorized separately
and have its own guaranteed maximum price. It is the DWR’s intent that the Guaranteed Maximum Price
(GMP) for all preconstruction and construction phases shall not exceed $24,800,000.00.
The Construction Manager’s services are described at length and in detail in the sample Agreement
between Owner and Construction Manager as Constructor included herein. All proposing construction
management firms are urged to read this Agreement (and the scope of work detailed below) carefully,
for they establish the scope of services required under this request for proposal. Any exceptions taken
by the proposing firms to this proposed Agreement and the associated general conditions of the
Contract for Construction, also included herein, must be presented to the County for consideration by
the cutoff for questions date stated in the invitation, prior to the opening of proposals.
The Construction Manager will actively participate with the Architect, DWR and their consultants during
the preconstruction services. Anticipated preconstruction services under a lump sum fixed fee include,
but are not limited to: cost estimating, scheduling; assisting with selection of construction systems,
methods, and materials; and constructability analysis. It is critical that the selected Construction
Manager be integrally involved in the design process. DWR expects attendance at design team meetings
throughout the design phase of the project.
The subsequent construction services to be provided by the Construction Manager will include all
procurement, construction and construction management required to deliver the completed project
based on a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) basis. The schedule and budget are expected to require
the project to be constructed in a phased approach. At a given point for each phase, the Construction
Manager will be required to develop a component GMP. Once a component GMP Agreement has been
reached, each component GMP Agreement will be presented to the Gwinnett County County
Administrator for approval and authorization.
The following is a listing of some, but not all, of the representative services to be provided by the
A.Design and Preconstruction Phase
1. Develop a provisional critical-path method (CPM) project schedule.
2. Develop requirements for safety, quality assurance, and schedule adherence.
3. Perform constructability and maintainability reviews at each major design phase
submission of the construction documents.
4. Provide detailed construction cost estimates to achieve DWR’s budget.
5. Develop a construction budget to be maintained throughout construction.
6. Identify possible options for reducing life cycle costs.
7. Provide alternate systems and materials evaluations.
8. Maintain and update the project schedule.
9. Evaluate cost implications of various building methods, systems, and materials.
10. Utilize Lean techniques:
i. Analyze possible standardization of systems
ii. Consider component pre-fabrication and pre-assembly options, etc.
11. Regularly attend project planning and coordination meetings with the DWR and Architect
12. Assist in permitting processes.
13. Develop a logistics plan for demolition, material delivery, and patron and employee access
to on-going events and isolation construction activities.
14. Develop Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for each component of construction as
B.Bidding and Award Phase
1. Prepare bid packages and sample contracts for subcontractors.
2. Develop requirements to ensure schedule, cost and quality control during construction.
3. Provide a provisional CPM construction schedule for issuance with bid packages.
4. Identify prospective bidders.
5. Schedule and conduct pre-bid conferences in conjunction with the DWR and the Architect.
6. Advertise and distribute bid documents.
7. Monitor bidder activity.
8. Review and analyze bids. Make recommendations for subcontractor selection for the
9. Award contracts to owner-approved subcontractors and suppliers.
10. Maintain and update the project schedule.
1. Provide and maintain qualified and sufficient on-site staff, acceptable to the DWR, for
construction management at risk services.
2. Manage the construction of the project.
3. Establish and maintain coordinating procedures.
4. Develop and maintain a detailed CPM schedule for submittals, materials delivery, testing
and inspections, construction, and occupancy.
5. Perform work by own forces and supervise the work of subcontractors.
6. Provide a project safety plan to meet OSHA requirements. Monitor subcontractors’
compliance without relieving them of responsibility to perform. Work in accordance with
the best acceptable practices.
7. Conduct and record job meetings.
8. Prepare and submit change proposals and other change order documents for approval of
the Architect and the DWR.
9. Maintain a system for review and approval of shop drawings.
10. Maintain records and submit daily reports, bi-weekly reports and formal monthly reports to
the Architect and the DWR.