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City of Seattle Request for Consultant Services
Project Title: Green Lake Community Center Improvements
RFQ Due Date: 11/8/2019, 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Scope of Work: Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking a qualified consultant team to provide professional services to design a new Green Lake Community Center and Pool. The existing community center and pool is located on the East Shore of Green Lake in Seattle, Washington. The center is one of twenty-six community centers in the city. It is one of several public amenities located within the park, and is open to the public year-round for program related and drop-in recreational use. The center is part of a group of activities clustered at the east end of the lake that all share a mid-sized parking lot.
The community center was constructed in 1928 and the pool was added in 1955. Renovations have occurred over time, the most recent boiler replacement and roof repairs were made in 2018/2019 to extend the life of the building another ten years. The community center and pool need to be demolished and reconstructed to better serve the needs of both the immediate neighborhood and the broader city as well.
The first phase of the project will be to undertake an assessment of the existing site and also consider other potential sites around Green Lake to answer several questions including where is the best location to construct a new community center; i.e., should it be constructed in its current location or is there another site or sites where a community center could better serve the community; what are the strengths and weaknesses of each location including constructability, access to the community center and relationship to other amenities around the lake; should the community center and pool continue to be located in one building or should there be two buildings in separate locations and what are the strengths and weaknesses of one vs. two buildings. This analysis will include several interactions with the public and ultimately a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Senior Management and the public as to the best location for the new community center and whether or not the community center and pool should be co-located as they are today.
Once the decision on site and co-location has been made, the selected design team will be expected to prepare a conceptual plan and rough order of magnitude cost estimate based on the concept. That will complete the first phase of the contract. SPR reserves the right to continue on with the selected design team into schematic design and through construction administration or issue a subsequent RFQ for those services. SPR is also considering whether to undertake the project using our typical design bid build procurement procedure or whether to add the services of a general contractor and use the General Contractor Construction Management procurement process to undertake the design and construction of the new community center and pool. The chosen design team will be part of that decision making process so must have been part of a GGCM process in the recent past..
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RFQ
: Posted 10/15/2019
Project Budget: TBD
City Contact Information: Please email David Graves, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-7048 if you are interested in submitting a proposal.
[Ad run dates: October 14, 2019 & October 28, 2019]
City of Seattle
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Project Title: Green Lake Community Center and Pool Redevelopment
RFQ # PARKS-93019
Table 1: Procurement Schedule
Schedule of Events
October 14, 2019
Optional Pre-Submittal Conference
800 Maynard Ave. South, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134
October 23, 2019, 9-10am
Deadline for Questions
October 28, 2019, 8:30am
November 8, 2019, 5:00pm
November 25, 2019, 1 – 5pm
300 Elliott Avenue West,
Seattle, WA 98119
Announcement of Successful Proposer(s)
December 16, 2019
Anticipated Negotiation Schedule
The City reserves the right to modify this.
Changes will be posted on the City website or as otherwise stated.
NOTE: Seattle Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Division will be moving on November 15, 2019.
As of November 18, 2019, the Planning and Development Division will be located at 300 Elliott Avenue West, Suite 100, Seattle WA 98119
Procurement Contact Information
Procurement Contact Information
Procurement Contact: David Graves, Strategic Advisor, email@example.com , (206) 684-7048
Table 2: Delivery Address
It is important to use the correct address for the delivery method you chose.
Fed Ex & Hand Delivery - Physical Address
US Post Office - Mailing Address
Seattle Parks and Recreation
ATTN: DAVID GRAVES
800 Maynard Ave. South, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134
Seattle Parks and Recreation
ATTN: DAVID GRAVES
800 Maynard Ave. South, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134
Unless authorized by the Procurement Contact, no other City official or employee may speak for the City regarding this solicitation until award is complete. Any Proposer contacting other City officials or employees does so at Proposer’s own risk. The City is not bound by such information.
Table of Contents
1. Purpose and Background.
The existing Green Lake Community Center and pool is located on the East Shore of Green Lake in Seattle, Washington. Green Lake Park is an original Olmsted Park envisioned for Seattle and is one of the nation’s top 10 most visited parks. The center is one of twenty-six community centers in the city. It is one of several public amenities located within the park and is open to the public year-round for program related and drop-in recreational use. The center is part of a group of activities clustered at the east end of the lake, including a life guarded swim beach, tennis courts, an open grass playfield with two baseball/softball fields, a children’s play area and a boat rental concession that all share a mid-sized parking lot.
The site is located adjacent to the swim beach on the east shore of the lake and the children’s play area and a large multi-purpose playfield. The center is bordered by the existing walking path to the west, parking to the north and the playfield and basketball court to the south. Existing parking for approximately 90 vehicles is located in the surface lot to the north of the community center. This parking lot not only serves the center but the park as well. Primary access to the site is from East Green Lake Drive North.
The community center was constructed in 1928 and the pool was added in 1955. Renovations have occurred over time; the most recent boiler replacement and roof repairs were made in 2018/2019 to extend the life of the building another ten years. The community center and pool need to be demolished and reconstructed to better serve the needs of both the immediate neighborhood and the broader city as well. Green Lake is the City’s most heavily visited park and the facilities need to be designed to handle and serve the large volume of visitors, some of whom take advantage of the programming and others who just need to use the public restrooms. Additionally, the center serves as a hygiene center for the homeless population where they can use the showers and restroom facilities.
The first phase of the project will be to undertake an assessment of the existing site and also consider other potential sites around Green Lake to answer several questions including where is the best location to construct a new community center; i.e., should it be constructed in its current location or is there another site or sites where a community center could better serve the community; what are the strengths and weaknesses of each location including constructability, access to the community center and relationship to other amenities around the lake; should the community center and pool continue to be located in one building or should the community center and pool be located in separate buildings in separate locations and finally, what are the strengths and weaknesses of one vs. two buildings. This first deliverable is anticipated to be an options analysis based on the site assessments(s). The analysis will include several interactions with the public and ultimately a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Senior Management and the public as to the best location for the new community center and whether or not the community center and pool should be co-located as they are today or separated.
Once the decision on site and co-location has been made, the selected design team will be expected to prepare a conceptual plan and rough order of magnitude cost estimate based on the concept. That will complete the first phase of the contract. SPR reserves the right to continue on with the selected design team into schematic design and through construction administration or issue a subsequent RFQ for those services. SPR is also considering whether to undertake the project using our typical design bid build procurement procedure or whether to add the services of a general contractor and use the General Contractor Construction Management procurement process to undertake the design and construction of the new community center and pool. The chosen design team will be part of that decision-making process so must have been part of a GGCM process in the recent past.
2. Performance Schedule.
The project will start with contract execution in early 2020 and extend thru site analysis and conceptual design. Seattle Parks and Recreation reserves the right to continue with the selected consultant team and contract through construction administration and close-out in approximately 2024/2025. The site analysis and conceptual design phase will be expected to be completed by October 2020.
3. Solicitation Objectives.
The City expects to hire a team through this consultant team solicitation which will be able to deliver a successful project: The successful consultant team must be able to:
• Demonstrate that the consultant team has experience it site design and analysis, including construction means and methods on site(s) with potentially challenging soil conditions such as the area around Green Lake;
• Demonstrate that the consultant team has experience designing and developing a community center and pool facility, or similar public or private facilities, either as one or two separate stand-alone facilities, that meets all applicable ADA requirements and provides recreational experiences for all ages and abilities;
• Demonstrate the experience to provide a high quality and unique building design;
• Demonstrate the commitment to a sustainable design including the re-use of existing site materials and the use of recycled and/or locally sourced materials;
• Demonstrate that the consultant team has experience with the General Contractor Construction Manager design, procurement and construction process in Washington State;
• Demonstrate that the consultant team has experience securing any and all necessary local, state, and Federal permits and coordinating with local, state, Federal agencies including but not limited to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (Landmarks), the Washington State Departments Fish and Wildlife and the US Army Corps of Engineers;
• Demonstrate that the consultant team has experience with community engagement, public presentation and facilitation to a broad range of stakeholders;
• Demonstrate strong engineering support and the ability to execute any design within the limitations of the existing site constraints;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant codes, current and proposed design guidelines, planning documentation, the City of Seattle Standard Plans for Municipal Construction and Seattle Parks and Recreation Standard Plans and Specifications. Provide solutions that are economical and feasible for implementation;
• Provide detailed scope statements and necessary drawings to direct a contractor without incurring change order costs; and,
• Provide skilled consultants that have a strong record and experience, so the City is assured to get dependable, responsive, proven and expert services.
4. Minimum Qualifications.
Minimum qualifications are required for a Consultant to be eligible to submit a proposal response. Your submittal response must show compliance to these minimum qualifications. Those that are not responsive to these qualifications shall be rejected by the City without further consideration:
• Consultant must have a local office within 50 miles of the greater Seattle area.
• Recent experience designing and developing a community center and pool facility, or similar public or private facilities in size and scope.
• Recent experience with the General Contractor Construction Manager design, procurement and construction process in Washington State.
• Consultant must be able to meet the City of Seattle consultant insurance requirements, per section 7.24, Insurance Requirements and section 10, Attachments.
• Consultant lead must be a licensed architect in the State of Washington.
5. Scope of Work.
Consultant Team will be expected to provide professional services for the analysis of potential site(s) for the redevelopment of the community center and pool and the subsequent design and construction of a new community center and pool, with associated improvements as necessary. The consultant will work with SPR to secure all necessary local, State and/or Federal permits and approvals in accordance with the following timeframe.
• Site analysis of potential sites around Green Lake where a community center and/or pool building could be located, conceptual design of the preferred site and building layout(s) and a rough order of magnitude cost estimate: Nine (9) months after the contract has been approved. Meetings: SPR Proview, Public Meetings (likely 3), Seattle Design Commission, Seattle Landmarks Board.
Note: SPR is considering the GCCM procurement method. That determination will be made prior to starting schematic design and may impact the timing of the start of the schematic design phase.
• Schematic plans, outline technical specifications and preliminary construction cost estimate: One hundred and twenty (120) calendar days after notice to proceed on the Schematic Design phase. Meetings: SPR Proview, Public Meeting(s), Seattle Design Commission, Seattle Landmarks Board.
• Design Development: Further design of CAD level layout of the design and associated improvements. Plans, outline technical specifications and construction cost estimate; (1) electronic copy of each: Two hundred and forty (240) calendar days after the Schematic plans have been approved. Meetings: SPR Proview, Public Meeting(s), Seattle Design Commission, Seattle Landmarks Board.
• 65% Construction Document plans, technical specifications index, and construction cost estimate (1) electronic copy of each and written responses to the City's Design Development comments: Sixty (60) calendar days after the Design Development Phase has been approved. Meetings: SPR Proview, Public Meeting, Seattle Design Commission, Seattle Landmarks Board.
• 95% Construction Document plans, complete technical specifications, and construction cost estimate; (1) electronic copy of each and written responses to the City's 65% Construction Document comments: Ninety (90) calendar days after the 65% Construction Document Submittal has been approved. Meetings: SPR Proview.
• Completed (100%) Construction Document plans, technical specifications, construction cost estimate; (1) electronic copy of each and written responses to the City's 95% Construction Document comments: Twenty (20) calendar days after the 95% Construction Document Submittal has been approved.
• Revision to completed (100%) Construction Document plans, Project Manual, updated cost estimate; (1) electronic copy of each, and written responses to the City’s Construction Document comments: Ten (10) calendar days after the completed Construction Documents have been approved.
• Construction Administration – assist the City in all aspects of the construction phase of the project from the preparation of Bid documents to project close out.
6. Contract Modifications.
The City consultant contract is attached (See Attachments Section). Consultants submit proposals understanding all Contract terms and conditions are mandatory. Response submittal is agreement to the Contract without exception. The City reserves the right to negotiate changes to submitted proposals and to change the City's otherwise mandatory Contract form during negotiations. If the Consultant is awarded a contract and refuses to sign the attached Contract form, the City may reject the Consultant from this and future solicitations for the same work. Under no circumstances shall Consultant submit its own boilerplate of terms and conditions.
7. Procedures and Requirements.
This section details City instructions and requirements for your submittal. The City reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject any Consultant response that fails to comply with the instructions.
7.1 Registration into the Online Business Directory
If you have not previously done so, register at: http://www.seattle.gov/obd The City expects all firms to register. Women- and minority- owned firms are asked to self-identify (see section 7.25). For assistance, call Julie Salinas at 206-684-0383.
7.2 Pre-Submittal Conference
The City offers an optional pre-submittal conference at the time, date and location on page 1. Proposers are highly encouraged to attend but not required to attend to be eligible to propose. The meeting answers questions about the solicitation and clarify issues. This also allows Proposers to raise concerns. Failure to raise concerns over any issues at this opportunity will be a consideration in any protest filed regarding such items known as of this pre-proposal conference.
Proposers may email questions to the Procurement Contact until the deadline stated on page 1. Failure to request clarification of any inadequacy, omission, or conflict will not relieve the Consultant of responsibilities under any subsequent contract. It is the responsibility of the interested Consultant to assure they receive responses to Questions if any are issued.
7.4 Changes to the RFP/RFQ.
The City may make changes to this RFP/RFQ if, in the sole judgment of the City, the change will not compromise the City’s objectives in this solicitation. Any change to this RFP/RFQ will be made by formal written addendum issued by the City and shall become part of this RFP/RFQ.
7.5 Receiving Addenda and/or Question and Answers.
It is the obligation and responsibility of the Consultant to learn of addenda, responses, or notices issued by the City. Some third-party services independently post City of Seattle solicitations on their websites. The City does not guarantee that such services have accurately provided all the information published by the City.
All submittals sent to the City may be considered compliant with or without specific confirmation from the Consultant that any and all addenda was received and incorporated into your response. However, the Project Manager reserves the right to reject any submittal that does not fully incorporate Addenda that is critical to the project.
7.6 Proposal Submittal.
a. Proposals must be received by the City no later than the date and time on page 1 except as revised by Addenda.
b. All pages are to be numbered sequentially, and closely follow the requested formats.
c. The City HAS page limits specified in the Response Format section 8. Any pages that exceed the page limit will be excised from the document for purposes of evaluation.
d. The submitter has full responsibility to ensure the response arrives at the City within the deadline. A response delivered after the deadline may be rejected unless waived as immaterial by the City given specific fact-based circumstances.
7.7 Hard Copy Submittal.
Delivery is to the location specified on Page 2, Table 2. Submit one (1) original unbound, and one (1) electronic CD/thumb drive copy of the response. The City will not accept Fax and CD copies as originals in lieu of paper or electronic e-mail copy submittals. If a CD or fax version is delivered to the City, the paper or electronic e-mail copy will still be the only official version accepted by the City.
a. Hard-copy responses should be in a sealed box or envelope, clearly marked and addressed with the City contact person’s name, the solicitation title and number. If submittals are not clearly marked, the Proposer risks the response being misplaced and not properly delivered or date/time stamped.
b. The Submittal may be hand-delivered or otherwise be received by the Procurement Contact at the address provided, by the submittal deadline. Delivery errors will result without careful attention to the proper address.
c. Do not use plastic or vinyl binders or folders. The City encourages you to use fully 100% recycled stock.
7.8 Electronic Submittal.
The City allows and will accept an electronic submittal in lieu of an official paper submittal.
a. The electronic submittal is e-mailed to the Procurement Contact (see page 2), by the submittal deadline (Procurement Schedule, Table 1, Page 1 or as otherwise amended).
b. Title the e-mail so it won’t be lost in an e-mail stream.
c. Any risks associated with an electronic submittal are borne by the Proposer.
d. The City’s e-mail system will typically allow documents up to 20 Megabytes.
e. If the Proposer also submits a hard-copy, the hard copy has precedence.
7.9 Proposer Responsibility to Provide Full Response.
It is the Proposer’s responsibility to respond in a manner that does not require interpretation or clarification by the City. The Proposer is to provide all requested materials, forms and information. The Proposer is to ensure the materials submitted properly and accurately reflect the Proposer’s offering. During scoring and evaluation (prior to interviews if any), the City will rely upon the submitted materials and shall not accept materials from the Proposer after the RFP/RFQ deadline; this does not limit the City’s right to consider additional information (such as references that are not provided by the Proposer but are known to the City, or past City experience with the consultant), or to seek clarifications as needed.
7.10 Prohibited Contacts.
Proposers shall not interfere in any way to discourage other potential and/or prospective proposers from proposing or considering a proposal process. Prohibited contacts includes but is not limited to any contact, whether direct or indirect (i.e. in writing, by phone, email or other, and by the Proposer or another person acting on behalf of the Proposer) to a likely firm or individual that may discourage or limit competition. If such activity is evidenced to the satisfaction and in sole discretion of the City department, the Proposer that initiates such contacts may be rejected from the process.
7.11 License and Business Tax Requirements.
The Consultant must meet all applicable licensing requirements immediately after contract award or the City may reject the Consultant. Companies must license, report and pay revenue taxes for the Washington State business License (UBI#) and Seattle Business License, if required by law. Carefully consider those costs before submitting an offer, as the City will not separately pay or reimburse such costs.
Seattle Business Licensing and associated taxes.
a. If you have a “physical nexus” in the city, you must obtain a Seattle Business license and pay all taxes due before the Contract can be signed.
b. A “physical nexus” means you have physical presence, such as: a building/facility/employee(s) in Seattle, you make sales trips into Seattle, your own company drives into Seattle for product deliveries, and/or you conduct service work in Seattle (repair, installation, service, maintenance work, on-site consulting, etc).
c. We provide a Consultant Questionnaire Form in our submittal package items later in this RFP/RFQ, and it will ask you to specify if you have “physical nexus”.
d. All costs for any licenses, permits and Seattle Business License taxes owed shall be borne by the Consultant and not charged separately to the City.
e. The apparent successful Consultant(s) must immediately obtain the license and ensure all City taxes are current, unless exempted by City Code due to reasons such as no physical nexus. Failure to do so will cause rejection of the submittal.
f. The City of Seattle Application for a Business License can be found here:
g. You can find Business License Application help here: http:/www.seattle.gov/licenses/get-a-business-license/license-application-help
h. Self-Filing You can pay your license and taxes on-line using a credit card www.seattle.gov/self/
i. For Questions and Assistance, call the Revenue and Consumer Protection (RCP) office which issues business licenses and enforces licensing requirements. The general e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org . The main phone is 206-684-8484.
j. The licensing website is http://www.seattle.gov/licenses
k. If a business has extraordinary balances due on their account that would cause undue hardship to the business, the business can contact the License and Tax Administration office at email@example.com to request additional assistance.
l. Those holding a City of Seattle Business license may be required to report and pay revenue taxes to the City. Such costs should be carefully considered by the Consultant prior to submitting your offer. When allowed by City ordinance, the City will have the right to retain amounts due at the conclusion of a contract by withholding from final invoice payments.
7.12 State Business Licensing. Before the contract is signed, you must have a State of Washington business license (a “Unified Business Identifier” known as a UBI#). If the State of Washington has exempted your business from State licensing (some foreign companies are exempt and sometimes, the State waives licensing because the company has no physical presence in the State), then submit proof of that exemption to the City. All costs for any licenses, permits and associated tax payments due to the State because of licensing shall be borne by the Consultant and not charged separately to the City. Instructions and applications are at http://bls.dor.wa.gov/file.aspx and the State of Washington Department of Revenue is available at 1-800-647-7706.
7.13 Federal Excise Tax. The City is exempt from Federal Excise Tax.
7.14 No Guaranteed Utilization.
The City does not guarantee utilization of any contract(s) awarded through this RFP/RFQ process. The solicitation may provide estimates of utilization; such information is for Consultant convenience and not a usage guarantee. The City reserves the right to issue multiple or partial awards, and/or to order work based on City needs. The City may turn to other appropriate contract sources or supplemental contracts to obtain these same or similar services. The City may re-solicit for new additions to the Consultant pool. Use of such supplemental contracts does not limit the right of the City to terminate existing contracts for convenience or cause.
7.15 Expansion Clause.
The contract limits expansion of scope and new work not expressly provided for within the RFP/RFQ. Expansion for New Work (work not specified within the original Scope of Work Section of this Agreement, and/or not specified in the original RFP as intended work for the Agreement) must comply with the following:
(a) New Work is not reasonable to solicit separately; (b) is for reasonable purpose; (c) was not reasonably known by the City or Consultant at time of solicitation or was mentioned as a possibility in the solicitation (i.e. future phases of work, or a change in law); (d) is not significant enough to be regarded as an independent body of work; (e) would not attract a different field of competition; and (f) does not change the identity or purpose of the Agreement.
The City may make exceptions for immaterial changes, emergency or sole source conditions, or other situations required in City opinion. Certain changes are not subject to these limitations, such as additional phases of Work anticipated during solicitation, time extensions, and Work Orders issued on an On-Call contract. Expansion must be mutually agreed and issued by the City through written Addenda. New Work performed before an authorizing Amendment may not be eligible for payment.
The City reserves the right to independently solicit and award any New Work to another firm when deemed appropriate or required by City policy.
7.16 Effective Dates of Offer.
Solicitation responses are valid until the City completes award. Should any Proposer object to this condition, the Proposer must object prior to the Q&A deadline on page 1.
7.17 Cost of Preparing Proposals.
The City is not liable for costs incurred by the Proposer to prepare, submit and present proposals, interviews and/or demonstrations.
The City’s ability to evaluate proposals is influenced by the organization, detail, comprehensive material and readable format of the response.
7.19 Changes or Corrections to Proposal Submittal.
Prior to the submittal due date, a Consultant may change its proposal, if initialed and dated by the Consultant. No changes are allowed after the closing date and time.
7.20 Errors in Proposals.
Proposers are responsible for errors and omissions in their proposals. No error or omission shall diminish the Proposer’s obligations to the City.
7.21 Withdrawal of Proposal.
A submittal may be withdrawn by written request of the submitter.
7.22 Rejection of Proposals.
The City may reject any or all proposals with no penalty. The City may waive immaterial defects and minor irregularities in any submitted proposal.
7.23 Incorporation of RFP/RFQ and Proposal in Contract.
This RFP/RFQ and Proposer’s response, including promises, warranties, commitments, and representations made in the successful proposal once accepted by the City, are binding and incorporated by reference in the City’s contract with the Proposer.
7.24 Independent Contractor.
The Consultant works as an independent contractor. The City will provide appropriate contract management, but that does not constitute a supervisory relationship to the consultant. Consultant workers are prohibited from supervising City employees or from direct supervision by a City employee. Prohibited supervision tasks include conducting a City of Seattle Employee Performance Evaluation, preparing and/or approving a City of Seattle timesheet, administering employee discipline, and similar supervisory actions.
Contract workers shall not be given City office space unless expressly provided for below, and in no case shall such space be provided for over 36 months without specific authorization from the City.
The City will not provide space in City offices for performance of this work. Consultants will perform most work from their own office space or the field.
7.25 Equal Benefits.
Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 20.45 (SMC 20.45) requires consideration of whether Proposers provide health and benefits that are the same or equivalent to the domestic partners of employees as to spouses of employees, and of their dependents and family members. The Consultant Questionnaire requested in the Submittal instructions includes materials to designate your equal benefits status.
7.26 Women and Minority Subcontracting.
The Mayor’s Executive Order and City ordinance require the maximum practicable opportunity for successful participation of minority and women-owned subcontracts. All proposers must agree to SMC Chapter 20.42, and seek meaningful subconsultant opportunities with WMBE firms. The City requires a plan for including minority- and women-owned firms, which becomes a material part of the contract. The Plan must be responsive in the opinion of the City, which means a meaningful and successful search and commitments to include WMBE firms for subcontracting work. They City reserves the right to improve the Plan with the winning Consultant before contract execution. Consultants should use selection methods and strategies sufficiently effective for successful WMBE participation. At City request, Consultants must furnish evidence such as copies of agreements with WMBE subconsultants either before contract execution or during contract performance. The winning Consultant must request written approval for changes to the Inclusion Plan once it is agreed upon. This includes changes to goals, subconsultant awards and efforts.
WMBE firms need not be state certified to meet the City's WMBE definition. The City defines WMBE firms as at least 51% (percent) owned by women and/or minority. To be recognized as a WMBE, register on the City’s Online Business Directory . Federally funded transportation projects require a Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program; for that program, firms must be certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE) .
7.27 Insurance Requirements.
Any special insurance requirements are provided as an Attachment. If attached, provide proof of insurance and additional insured endorsement policy language to the City before Contract execution. The apparent successful Proposer must promptly provide proof of insurance to the City upon receipt of the notice of intent to award.
Consultants are encouraged to immediately contact their Broker to begin preparation of the required insurance documents, if the Consultant is selected as a finalist. Proposers may elect to provide the requested insurance documents within their Proposal.
7.28 Proprietary Materials.
The State of Washington’s Public Records Act (Release/Disclosure of Public Records) Under Washington State Law (reference RCW Chapter 42.56, the Public Records Act) all materials received or created by the City of Seattle are considered public records. These records include but are not limited to bid or proposal submittals, agreement documents, contract work product, or other bid material.
The State of Washington’s Public Records Act requires that public records must be promptly disclosed by the City upon request unless that RCW or another Washington State statute specifically exempts records from disclosure. Exemptions are narrow and explicit and are listed in Washington State Law (Reference RCW 42.56 and RCW 19.108).
Bidders/proposers must be familiar with the Washington State Public Records Act and the limits of record disclosure exemptions. For more information, visit the Washington State Legislature’s website at http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=42.56 .
If you have any questions about disclosure of the records you submit with your bid, contact the Procurement Contact named in this document.
Marking Your Records Exempt from Disclosure (Protected, Confidential, or Proprietary)
As mentioned above, all City of Seattle offices (“the City”) are required to promptly make public records available upon request. However, under Washington State Law some records or portions of records are considered legally exempt from disclosure and can be withheld. A list and description of records identified as exempt by the Public Records Act can be found in RCW 42.56 and RCW 19.108.
If you believe any of the records you are submitting to the City as part of your bid/proposal or contract work products, are exempt from disclosure you can request that they not be released before you receive notification. To do so you must complete the City Non-Disclosure Request Form (“the Form”) provided by the City (see page 4 on the Consultant Questionnaire) and very clearly and specifically identify each record and the exemption(s) that may apply. (If you are awarded a City contract, the same exemption designation will carry forward to the contract records.)
The City will not withhold materials from disclosure simply because you mark them with a document header or footer, page stamp, or a generic statement that a document is non-disclosable, exempt, confidential, proprietary, or protected. Do not identify an entire page as exempt unless each sentence is within the exemption scope; instead, identify paragraphs or sentences that meet the specific exemption criteria you cite on the Form. Only the specific records or portions of records properly listed on the Form will be protected and withheld for notice. All other records will be considered fully disclosable upon request.
If the City receives a public disclosure request for any records you have properly and specifically listed on the Form, the City will notify you in writing of the request and will postpone disclosure. While it is not a legal obligation, the City, as a courtesy, will allow you up to ten business days to file a court injunction to prevent the City from releasing the records (reference RCW 42.56.540). If you fail to obtain a Court order within the ten days, the City may release the documents.
The City will not assert an exemption from disclosure on your behalf. If you believe a record(s) is exempt from disclosure you are obligated to clearly identify it as such on the Form and submit it with your solicitation. Should a public record request be submitted to City Purchasing for that record(s), you can then seek an injunction under RCW 42.56 to prevent release. By submitting a bid document, the bidder acknowledges this obligation; the proposer also acknowledges that the City will have no obligation or liability to the proposer if the records are disclosed.
Requesting Disclosure of Public Records
The City asks bidders and their companies to refrain from requesting public disclosure of bids until an intention to award is announced. This measure is intended to protect the integrity of the solicitation process particularly during the evaluation and selection process or in the event of a cancellation or re-solicitation. With this preference stated, the City will continue to be responsive to all requests for disclosure of public records as required by State Law. If you do wish to make a request for records, visit https://www.seattle.gov/public-records/public-records-request-center .
7.29 Ethics Code.
Familiarize yourself with the City Ethics code: http://www.seattle.gov/ethics/etpub/et_home.htm . For an in depth explanation of the City’s Ethics Code for Contractors, Vendors, Customers and Clients, visit: http://www.seattle.gov/ethics/etpub/faqcontractorexplan.htm . Any questions should be addressed to Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission at 206-684-8500.
No Gifts and Gratuities.
Consultants shall not directly or indirectly offer anything (such as retainers, loans, entertainment, favors, gifts, tickets, trips, favors, bonuses, donations, special discounts, work, or meals) to any City employee, volunteer or official, if it is intended or may appear to a reasonable person to be intended to obtain or give special consideration to the Consultant. An example of this is giving sporting event tickets to a City employee who is also on the evaluation team of a solicitation to which you submitted or intend to submit. The definition of what a “benefit” would be is broad and could include not only awarding a contract but also the administration of the contract or evaluating contract performance. The rule works both ways, as it also prohibits City employees from soliciting items from Consultants.
Involvement of Current and Former City Employees.
The Consultant Questionnaire within your submittal documents prompts you to disclose any current or former City employees, official or volunteer that is working or assisting on solicitation of City business or on completion of an awarded contract. Update that information during the contract.
Contract Workers with over 1,000 Hours.
The Ethics Code applies to Consultant workers that perform over 1,000 cumulative hours on any City contract during any 12-month period. Any such employee must abide by the City Ethics Code. The Consultant is to be aware and familiar with the Ethics Code accordingly.
No Conflict of Interest.
Consultant (including officer, director, trustee, partner or employee) must not have a business interest or a close family or domestic relationship with any City official, officer or employee who was, is, or will be involved in selection, negotiation, drafting, signing, administration or evaluating Consultant performance. The City shall make sole determination as to compliance.
Campaign Contributions (Initiative Measure No. 122)
Elected officials and candidates are prohibited from accepting or soliciting campaign contributions from anyone having at least $250,000 in contracts with the City in the last two years or who has paid at least $5,000 in the last 12 months to lobby the City. See Initiative 122, or call the Ethics Director with questions. For questions about this measure, contact: Polly Grow, Seattle Ethics and Elections, 206-615-1248, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
7.30 Background Checks and Immigrant Status.
Background checks will not be required for workers that will be performing the work under this contract. The City has strict policies regarding the use of Background checks, criminal checks, immigrant status, and/or religious affiliation for contract workers. The policies are incorporated into the contract and available for viewing on-line at http://www.seattle.gov/city-purchasing-and-contracting/social-equity/background-checks .
8. Response Materials and Submittal.
Prepare your response as follows. Use the following format and provide all attachments. Failure to provide all information below on proper forms and in order requested, may cause the City to reject your response.
1. Mandatory - Consultant Questionnaire:
Submit the following in your response, even if you sent one in to the City for previous solicitations.
2. Mandatory – Proof of Legal Business Name (if applicable):
Provide a certificate or documentation from the Secretary of State in which you incorporated that shows your company legal name. Many companies use a “Doing Business As” name or nickname in daily business; the City requires the legal name for your company. When preparing all forms below, use the proper company legal name. Your company’s legal name can be verified through the State Corporation Commission in the state in which you were established, which is often located within the Secretary of State’s Office for each state. For the State of Washington, see: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/corps/
3. Mandatory – Minimum Qualifications:
Provide a single page that lists each Minimum Qualification, and exactly how you achieve each minimum qualification. Remember that the determination you have achieved all the minimum qualifications is made from this page. The evaluation committee is not obligated to check references or search other materials to make this decision.
4. Mandatory – Consultant Inclusion Plan:
You must submit the following in your response.
Click on the following link to open the Consultant Inclusion Plan: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/FAS/PurchasingAndContracting/WMBE/InclusionPlan_ConsultantContracts.docx
5. Mandatory - Proposal Response: This document details the submittal requirements for your proposal response. The proposal is limited to thirty (30) single-sided pages, exclusive of the cover letter and any of the above required mandatory information. The proposal must respond to the Solicitation Objectives outlined in Section 3 and include the following:
• Consultant team organization and percent of their time on the project;
• Experience with similar projects and/or project elements, particularly recent project examples that were completed within the past five (5) years; and,
• Approach to the project, including communication and public outreach strategies.
6. Letter of interest (optional).
Your response should be packaged with each of the following. This list assists with quality control before submittal of your final package. Addenda may change this list; check any final instructions:
1. Mandatory – Consultant Questionnaire.
2. Mandatory – Proof of Legal Business Name
3. Mandatory – Minimum Qualifications Sheet
4. Mandatory – Consultant Inclusion Plan
5. Mandatory – Proposal Response (see Proposal Response Section, above).
6. Optional – Letter of Interest. Consultant may include a Letter of Interest no longer than a single 8.5” x 11”page. However, since this is optional, the City does not guarantee it will be read and it will not be counted in the page limits, evaluation or scoring.
9. Selection Process.
9.1 Initial Screening
The City will review responses for responsiveness and responsibility. Those found responsive and responsible based on an initial review shall proceed to Step 2. Equal Benefits, Minimum Qualifications, an Inclusion Plan, satisfactory financial responsibility and other elements are screened in this Step. A significant failure to perform on past City projects may also be considered in determining the responsibility of a firm....
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