Supply & Deliver New IT Network Equipment for Newton Public Schools

Agency: City of Newton
State: Massachusetts
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 423450 - Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • 541519 - Other Computer Related Services
Posted Date: Feb 15, 2024
Due Date: Mar 14, 2024
Solicitation No: 24-53
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Supply & Deliver New IT Network Equipment for Newton Public Schools
  • Department: Purchasing
  • RFP Number: 24-53
  • Start Date: 02/15/2024
  • Close Date: 03/14/2024 11:00 AM

Supply & Deliver New IT Network Equipment for Newton Public Schools as outlined in the project documents.

24-53 S&D New IT Network Equipment for NPS

24-53-IT Network Equipment-Bidders List

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CITY OF NEWTON
PURCHASING DEPARTMENT
CONTRACT FOR THE NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
PROJECT MANUAL:
SUPPLY & DELIVER NEW IT NETWORK EQUIPMENT
TO NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
INVITATION FOR BID #24-53
Bid Opening Date: March 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
February 2024
Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor
CITY OF NEWTON
PURCHASING DEPARTMENT
INVITATION FOR BID #24-53
The City of Newton (City) invites sealed bids in accordance with M.G.L. c.30B from Contractors to:
SUPPLY & DELIVER NEW IT NETWORK EQUIPMENT TO
NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Bids will be received until:
11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2024
at the Purchasing Department, Room 108, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459. Bids will not be
accepted nor may submitted bids be corrected, modified or withdrawn after the deadline for bids. Following the deadline for bids,
all bids received within the time specified will be publicly opened and read aloud.
Contract Documents will be available online at www.newtonma.gov/bids. or for pickup at Newton City Hall, Room 108,
Purchasing Department, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02459 after 10:00 a.m., February 15, 2024.
There will be no charge for contract documents.
Bid surety is not required with this bid.
Award will be made to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder based on the Grand Total the eight (8) items in the quantities
listed on the Item Sheet at p. 21 below. Bidders not bidding on every item may be deemed non-responsive.
This purchase will be funded and delivered in both FY 2024 and FY 2025. The dollar value of the contract may not be increased
by an amount more than twenty five percent (25%) of the contract total in accordance with M.G.L. c.30B, §13.
All bids are subject to the provisions of M.G.L. c.30B. F.O.B. Destination inside designated department, Newton, MA.
All bids shall be submitted as one (1) ORIGINAL and one (1) COPY.
All City bids are available on the City’s web site at www.newtonma.gov/bids. It is the sole responsibility of the contractor
downloading these bids to ensure they have received any and all addenda prior to the bid opening. Addenda will be available online
within the original bid document as well as a separate file.
If you download bids from the internet site and would like to make it known that your company has done so, you may fax the
Purchasing Department (617) 796-1227 or email to purchasing@newtonma.gov with your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, FAX
AND INVITATION FOR BID NUMBER.
The City will reject any and all bids in accordance with the above referenced General Laws. In addition, the City reserves the right
to waive minor informalities in any or all bids, or to reject any or all bids (in whole or in part) if it be in the public interest to do so.
Note that Massachusetts law imposes certain documentation requirements for public contracts, including but not limited to,
contractor DCAMM certification, bid, performance and payment bonds, and non-collusion and tax certifications. A contract is not
effective until it is signed by the City Mayor, and the Mayor will not sign until all documentation requirements have been met. Once
an award is made, a contract must be executed promptly so the City can start scheduled work. The City cannot pay for work done
without a contract. If a vendor unduly delays submitting all required paperwork, the City will be under no obligation to pay a vendor
promptly even after a contract is effective, it could bar the vendor from future bids as not responsible and may require the City to
obtain services from another vendor or contractor.
In the event that any person wishes to attend a bid opening or pre-bid meeting, accessible and reasonable accommodations will be
provided to persons requiring assistance. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the city of Newton’s ADA
Coordinator, Jini Fairley, at least two business days in advance of the meeting: jfairley@newtonma.gov or (617) 796-1253. For
Telecommunications Relay Service, please dial 711.
CITY OF NEWTON
Nicholas Read
Chief Procurement Officer
February 15, 2024
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CITY OF NEWTON
DEPARTMENT OF PURCHASING
INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS
ARTICLE 1 - BIDDER’S REPRESENTATION
1.1 Each General Bidder (hereinafter called the “Bidder”) by making a bid (hereinafter called “bid”) represents that the Bidder
has read and understands the Bidding Documents, Contract Forms, General Conditions, Conditions of the Contract, General
Requirements and Project Specifications (collectively, referred to as the “Contract Documents”) and the bid is made in
accordance therewith.
1.2 Failure to so examine the Contract Documents will not relieve any Bidder from any obligation under the bid as submitted.
ARTICLE 2 - REQUEST FOR INTERPRETATION
2.1 Bidders shall promptly notify the City of any ambiguity, inconsistency, or error which they may discover upon examination
of the Contract Documents, the site, and local conditions.
2.2 Bidders requiring clarification or interpretation of the Contract Documents shall make a written request to the Chief
Procurement Officer, at purchasing@newtonma.gov or via facsimile (617) 796-1227. The City will only answer such
requests if received by Friday, March 8, 2022 at 12:00 noon. In the event that the bid opening date is changed, the
deadline for informational requests may also change as provided in an addendum issued by the City.
2.3 Interpretation, correction, or change in the Contract Documents will be made by addendum which will become part of the
Contract Documents. The City will not be held accountable for any oral communication.
2.4 Addenda will be emailed to every individual or firm on record as having taken a set of Contract Documents. Addenda will
be emailed to every individual or firm on record as having taken a set of Contract Documents. Receipt of all addenda issued
must be acknowledged in the Bid Form. YOUR FAILURE TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL ADDENDA MAY RESULT IN
YOUR BID BEING REJECTED AS NON-RESPONSIVE.
2.5 Copies of addenda will be made available for inspection at the location listed in the Invitation for Bids where Contract
Documents are on file, in addition to being available online at www.newtonma.gov/bids.
2.6 Bidders or proposers contacting ANY CITY EMPLOYEE regarding an Invitation for Bid (IFB) or a Request for Proposal
(RFP), outside of the Purchasing Department, once an IFB or RFP has been released, may be disqualified from the
procurement process.
2.7 Bidders downloading information off the internet web site are solely responsible for obtaining any addenda prior to the bid
opening. If the bidder makes itself known to the Purchasing Department, at purchasing@newtonma.gov or via facsimile
(617) 796-1227, it shall be placed on the bidder’s list. Bidders must provide the Purchasing Department with their
company’s name, street address, city, state, zip, phone, fax, email address and INVITATION FOR BID #24-53
ARTICLE 3 - MBE PARTICIPATION
3.1 Notice is hereby given that the Mayor’s Affirmative Action Plan for the City of Newton in effect at the time of this
solicitation is applicable to all construction contracts in excess of $10,000.00.
3.2 Notice is hereby given that the City of Newton Minority/Women Business Enterprise Plan and the Supplemental Equal
Employment Opportunity Anti-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Program in effect at the time of this solicitation are
applicable to all City contracts for goods and services in excess of $50,000.00.
3.3 Copies of the Plans and Program referred to in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 are available at: www.newtonma.gov/purchasing.
ARTICLE 4 - PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF BIDS
4.1 Bids shall be submitted on the “Bid Form #24-53” attached.
4.2 All entries on the Bid Form shall be made by typewriter or in ink.
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4.3 Where so indicated on the Bid Form, sums shall be expressed in both words and figures. Where there is a discrepancy
between the bid sum expressed in words and the bid sum expressed in figures, the words shall control.
4.4 The Bid shall be enclosed in a sealed envelope with the following plainly marked on the outside:
* GENERAL BID FOR: #24-53
* NAME OF PROJECT: Supply & Deliver New IT Network Equipment to NPS
* BIDDER’S NAME, BUSINESS ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER
4.5 Date and time for receipt of bids is set forth in the Invitation for Bids.
4.6 Timely delivery of a bid at the location designated shall be the full responsibility of the Bidder. In the event that Newton
City Hall is closed on the date or at the time that bids are due, the date and time for receipt of bids shall be on the next
business day following that the Newton City Hall and the Purchasing Department are open.
4.7 Bids shall be submitted with one (1) original and one (1) copy.
4.8 Massachusetts law requires all employees who work on Massachusetts public works construction sites must have no
Less than 10 hours of OSHA-approved safety and health training. See M.G.L. c.30, §39M( c), M.G.L. c.30, §39S(a)(1),
M.G.L. c.149, §44E(2) & M.G.L. c.149, §44F(2).
1. This requirement will apply to any general bid or sub bid submitted.
2. This law directs the Massachusetts Attorney General to restrain the award of construction contracts to any contractor who
is in violation to this requirement and to restrain the performance of these contracts by non-complying contractors.
3. The contractor and all subcontractors on this project must certify on the Bid Form compliance with the applicable
requirement. Non-compliance with this law will disqualify the bidder.
ARTICLE 5 - ALTERNATES
5.1 Each Bidder shall acknowledge alternates (if any) in Section C on the Bid Form.
5.2 In the event an alternate does not involve a change in the amount of the base bid, the Bidder shall so indicated by writing
“No Change”, or “N/C” or “0” in the space provided for that alternate.
5.3 Bidders shall enter on the Bid Form a single amount for each alternate which shall consist of the amount for work
performed by the Contractor.
5.4 The low Bidder will be determined on the basis of the sum of the base bid and the accepted alternates.
ARTICLE 6 - WITHDRAWAL OF BIDS
6.1 Any bid may be withdrawn prior to the time designated for receipt of bids on written or electronic request. Electronic
withdrawal of bids must be confirmed over the Bidder’s signature by written notice postmarked on or before the date and
time set for receipt of bids.
6.2 Withdrawn bids may be resubmitted up to the time designated for the receipt of bids.
6.3 No bids may be withdrawn within sixty (60) days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, after the opening of the
bids.
ARTICLE 7 - CONTRACT AWARD
7.1 The City is soliciting prices for the items set forth in the Item Sheet at p.21 below. It is the City’s intent to award one (1)
contract to the responsible and responsive bidder submitting the lowest Grand Total on Bid Form #24-53, attached. The
contract will be awarded within sixty (60) days, Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays excluded, after the opening of bids.
7.2 The City reserves the right to waive minor informalities in or to reject any or all Bids if it be in the public interest to do so.
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7.3 The City reserves the right to reject any bidder who has failed to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments, or any
other municipal charge, unless the bidder has a pending abatement application or has entered into a payment agreement
with the collector-treasurer.
7.4 As used herein, the term “lowest responsible and responsive Bidder” shall mean the Bidder (1) whose bid is the lowest of
those bidders possessing the skill, ability and integrity necessary for the faithful performance of the work; (2) who has met
all the requirements of the invitation for bids; (3) who shall certify that he is able to furnish labor that can work in harmony
with all other elements of labor employed or to be employed in the work; (4) who, where the provisions of section eight B
of chapter twenty-nine apply, shall have been determined to be qualified thereunder.
7.5 Subsequent to the award and within five (5) days, Saturday, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, after the prescribed
forms are presented for signature, the successful Bidder shall execute and deliver to the City a contract in the form included
in the Contract Documents in such number of counterparts as the City may require.
7.6 In the event that the City receives low bids in identical amount from two or more responsive and responsible Bidders, the
City shall select the successful Bidder by a blind selection process chosen by the City such as flipping a coin or drawing
names from a hat. The low Bidders who are under consideration will be invited to attend and observe the selection process.
ARTICLE 8 - TAXES
8.1 The Bidder shall not include in this bid any tax imposed upon the sale or rental of tangible personal property in this
Commonwealth, such as any and all building materials, supplies, services and equipment required to complete the work.
8.2 The City is exempt from payment of the Massachusetts Sales Tax, and the Bidder shall not include any sales tax on its bid.
The City’s exemption Number is E-046-001-404.
ARTICLE 9 PROPRIETARY SPECIFICATIONS
9.1 The City has used a proprietary specification to describe the supply for which it is soliciting bids. Such specifications are
permitted under M.G.L. c. 30B, §14, provided that the Chief Procurement Officer has prepared a written statement that no
other manner of description suffices and provides a justification therefor.
9.2 The required determination and justification have been duly prepared, and a copy may be requested in accordance with
the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c. 66, §10.
END OF SECTION
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