Jun 14, 2010

Tampa Bay Water Seeks Qualifications for Reservoir Renovation Project

Preferred Design-Builder Needed to Renovate Utility’s 15.5-Billion-Gal Off-Stream Reservoir

Tampa Bay Water has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ), inviting interested design-build entities to submit qualifications to design, build, monitor and maintain the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir Renovation Project. The RFQ is available through links at www.tampabaywater.org or at www.demandstar.com.

Tampa Bay Water is using a two-stage procurement process to select a preferred design-builder to renovate the utility’s 15.5-billion-gal, off-stream reservoir. In the first stage, the utility will evaluate the statements of qualifications submitted using pre-established evaluation criteria to select a short list of up to five qualified design-builders.

In the request for proposals (RFP) stage, only the short listed design-builders will be invited to submit binding proposals to design, build, monitor and maintain the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of an agreement that will be issued with the RFP. The RFP will also include criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals.

Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors has adopted six objectives for a long-term reservoir solution:
&#149 The agency must ensure that the procurement process is fair, transparent and highly competitive, and communicates clearly with all stakeholders;
&#149 The selected solution (including the design and the contracting approach) must provide the agency with the highest possible certainty of success over the long term;
&#149 The solution must meet the long term performance requirements and may incorporate certain betterments (e.g., added storage capacity, enhanced monitoring);
&#149 The renovation must be completed in a manner that provides the lowest lifecycle cost to the agency with the highest possible certainty of success;
&#149 The renovation should be completed in a timely manner; and
&#149 The agency must protect the public’s long term investment in the facility.

Tampa Bay Water’s regional reservoir is being renovated due to larger than expected cracks that formed in the soil cement erosion control layer lining the reservoir’s embankment interior. The cracking requires a permanent fix in order for the facility to be used as intended.