THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT PAY NOR REIMBURSE ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST. THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a qualified Architect-Engineering (AE) firm to provide Schematics, Design Development, Construction Documents, Technical Specifications, Construction Period Services, Site Visits, Cost Estimates, As-Built Documentation, and all other related information for Project 620A4-19-203 Replace Fan Coil Units. This Project will modernize and replace all 4 pipe fan coil units located in Bldg. 15H 1st Fl. CLC at the Castle Point VA Medical Center, 41 Castle Point Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

This requirement is being procured in accordance with the Brooks Act as implemented in FAR Subpart 36.6. Applicable NAICS code is 541330 and small business size standard of $16.5 Million. Magnitude of Construction is between $25,000.00 and $100,000.00. This is a 100% Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set Aside. The anticipated award date of the proposed A-E Contract is on or before April 1, 2021. Potential contractors must be registered in SAM (www.sam.gov ) and visible/certified in Vet Biz (https://www.vip.vetbiz.va.gov ) at time of submission of their qualifications in order to be considered for an award. As a prospective offeror or bidder for this Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set aside, you are verifying your company meets the status requirements of a SDVOSB concern as established by VAAR 852.219-10. NOTE – Offerors are referred to 852.219-10 (c)(1) Services. In the case of a contract for services (except construction), it will not pay more than 50% of the amount paid by the government to it to firms that are not VIP-listed SDVOSBs. In order to assure compliance with this clause, all firms submitting a SF330 for this Sources Sought Notice are required to indicate what percentage of the cost of contract performance will be expended by the concerns employees and in which discipline(s) and percentage of cost of contract performance to be expended (and in what disciplines) by any other subcontracted or otherwise used small or large business entity(s). Any subcontracted or otherwise business entity(s) used must be identified by name, office location and size/type of business (i.e. SDVOSB, VOSB, 8(a), large, etc).

SCOPE OF SERVICE REQUIRED
PROJECT NO. 620A4-19-203 The Architectural/ Engineering (A/E) Firm is to provide all necessary preliminary surveys, calculations, field investigations, design, drawings, specifications, construction cost estimates, construction period services inclusive of RFI responses and submittal reviews, as-built drawings, design site visits, construction site visits for the replacement of the Fan Coil units located in building 15H-first floor-CLC at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Castle Point , NY.

General Requirements:

A preliminary engineering report shall be submitted along with plans to all agencies with the 35% schematic plans. The package must be reviewed and approved in full before the 100% schematic plans will be considered complete.
A final engineering report shall be submitted along with plans to all agencies with the 35% contract documents. The package must be reviewed and approved in full before the 100% contract documents will be considered complete.
The Engineering firm will be responsible for all necessary coordination, meetings, and submissions as required.
Project Documents shall include, but not be limited to:
All required submissions listed in the VA A/E Design Submission Requirements (PG-18-15).
All required submissions listed in the VA Physical Security Design.
All deliverables as outlined in the document labeled Supplement B that is included in this solicitation (preliminary and construction documents including drawings and specifications)
All calculations and reports per ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers), ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) and IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) standards
Cost estimates for Construction
Listing of all required submittals.
Site visit reports for design reviews, field investigations, and pre-construction meetings.
Area of Work: Building 15H First floor CLC
The Engineering Firm shall provide a survey to identify any possible asbestos and lead in the area of work. This evaluation will be done by a qualified NYS licensed Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to perform asbestos abatement and lead abatement for the project. These tasks are outlined in the Supplement B document of this solicitation. Monitoring and verification of work shall be provided in the construction period services.
The engineering firm shall ensure that the design is in accordance with the VA Master Specification Index with attention made to Division 23 36 00, Air Terminal Units.

X. LOCATION
Castle Point VA Medical Center.

COST RANGE
Estimated Construction Cost Range: Between $25,000 and $100,000.

TYPE OF CONTRACT CONTEMPLATED
The Department of Veterans Affairs is contemplating awarding a firm fixed price contract.

ESTIMATED START AND COMPLETION DATES
The Department of Veterans Affairs requires design and contract support services. The estimated start and end dates for the design and start and end dates for the construction are as follows:

ITEM DATE

Receive Notice to Proceed from (NTP) TBD

35% Preliminary Design 21 calendar days from NTP

35% Preliminary Design Review 14 calendar days from NTP

65% Preliminary Design 21 calendar days from NTP

65% Preliminary Design Review 14 calendar days from NTP

100% Preliminary Design 21 calendar days from NTP

100% Preliminary Design Review 14 calendar days from NTP

35% Working Drawings 56 calendar days from NTP

35% Working Drawings Review 14 calendar days from NTP

65% Working Drawings 56 calendar days from NTP

65% Working Drawings Review 14 calendar days from NTP

95% Working Drawings 56 calendar days from NTP

95% Working Drawings Review 14 calendar days from NTP

100% Working Drawings 21 calendar days from NTP

100% Working Drawings Review 14 calendar days from NTP

Contract Documents 15 calendar days from NTP

Total Number of Days 365 Calendar Days

The A/E shall perform the work required within the limits of the following schedule. Professional architects, engineers and related design disciplines familiar with the work shall be provided, as directed by the Contracting Officer, to attend the VA reviews.

Construction:
Number of calendar days to complete construction is to be determined by the AE firm after the design is complete.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The Department of Veterans Affairs shall evaluate each potential contractor in terms of the following:
Selection Criteria
Weight
Professional qualifications and disciplines of staff proposed for the satisfactory performance of required services.
30%
Examples of specialized experience and technical competence in various disciplines required for specific project.
40%
Capacity to Accomplish the work in the required time
10 %
Past experience and performance on government contracts.
5%
Proximity of firm or working office providing professional services to the facility.
5%
The extent to which potential contractors identify and commit to the use of service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses, Veteran-owned small businesses, and other types of small businesses as subcontractors.
5%
Experience in construction period services to include professional field inspections during the construction period, review of construction submittals, support in answering requests for information during the construction period, and support of construction contract changes to include drafting statements of work, and cost estimates shall be included as an evaluation criterion when construction period services is included in the statement of work for A-E services.
5%
Total
100%

SELECTION CRITERIA DESCRIPTIONS
The selection criteria descriptions are provided below.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY FOR SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE OF REQUIRED SERVICES.
Provide brief resumes of proposed team members who will specifically serve as the Project Managers and Designers of Record. The Designers of Record shall perform and direct the design within their respective discipline and shall sign and seal the drawings. All Designers of Record must be professionally registered in their discipline. Each resume shall include a minimum of two (2) specific completed projects that best illustrate the individual team members experience relevant to this contract scope;

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AND TECHNICAL COMPETENCE
Specialized experience and technical competence required for this specific project, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials.

CAPACITY
This factor evaluates the ability of the firm, given their current projected workload and the availability of their key personnel, to accomplish the possible myriad of design projects in the required time.

The general workload and staffing capacity of the design office will be evaluated.
List current projects with a design fee of greater than $20,000 being designed in the firms office.
Indicate the firms present workload and the availability
of the project team (including sub-consultants) for the specified contract performance period;
Describe experience in successfully delivering projects per
performance schedule, providing timely construction support, and successfully completing multiple projects with similar delivery dates

PAST PERFORMANCE: VISN2 will evaluate past performance on recent and relevant contracts with government agencies (emphasis on VA work) and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, compliance with performance schedules and a record of significant claims against the firm due to improper or incomplete engineering services (references required).
Recent is defined as performance occurring within 5 years of the date of this Sources Sought, except that ongoing projects must have begun no less than one (1) year prior to the issuance of this Sources Sought.
Relevancy is defined as performance of work on projects that are similar in scope to the types of projects anticipated under the resultant contracts.
Respondents with no previous past performance shall state this when addressing the selection criteria. Where there is no record of past performance, the proposal will be evaluated neither favorably nor unfavorably. Superior performance ratings on relevant projects may be considered more favorably in the evaluation.

Submission Requirements:
Submit a minimal of three (3) references; any of the following evaluations are acceptable:
Contractor Performance Assessment Report System (CPARS), or
Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) evaluation for each project submitted under Criterion 2.
If a completed CPARS evaluation is available, it shall be submitted with the completed SF330 package. If there is not a completed CPARS evaluation, the PPQ included with this notice is provided for the Offeror or its team members to submit for each project included in criterion (2). If a PPQ is submitted, but an official CPARS evaluation is found for that project in government databases, the official evaluation will take precedence. If a CPARS evaluation is not available, ensure correct phone numbers and email addresses are provided for each contract customer/reference. Completed PPQs should be submitted with your SF330. If the A-E is unable to obtain a completed PPQ from a contract customer/reference for a project before the response date set forth in this notice, the A-E should complete and submit with their response the first page of the PPQ (Attachment #1), including contract and point of contact information for the respective projects.
A-Es should follow-up with references to ensure timely submittal of questionnaires. At the reference s request, questionnaires may be submitted directly to the Governments point of contact, Aletha Bourke, Contract Specialist, via email at Aletha.Bourke@va.gov, prior to the response date. A-Es shall not incorporate by references into their response CPARS or PPQ evaluations previously submitted in response to other A-E services procurements. However, this does not preclude the Government from utilizing previously submitted PPQ information in the past performance evaluation. Submitted CPARS and PPQ evaluations shall be attached to the SF330, behind the SF330 Part II document.

LOCATION
The A/E Firm proximity to the Castle Point VA Medical Center, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 is an evaluation criteria.
This distance is determined according to http://maps.google.com/
This factor evaluates the distance the AE firm’s design office or offices lies from the location of work. Please provide the address (es) and distance of your closest office to the address listed below.

The extent to which potential contractors identify and commit to the use of service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses, Veteran-owned small businesses, and other types of small businesses as subcontractors.

Experience in construction period services to include professional field inspections during the construction period, review of construction submittals, support in answering requests for information during the construction period, and support of construction contract changes to include drafting statements of work, and cost estimates shall be included as an evaluation criterion when construction period services is included in the statement of work for A-E services.

PLEASE NOTE: The AE Evaluation Board must be provided with complete and accurate information for ALL seven (7) evaluation factors above in order to rank as qualified and eligible firms. Therefore, the AE firm must expand upon, as it deems necessary, on any evaluation factor not well demonstrated or addressed with Part 1A to Part IG and Part II of the SF330. The AE firm shall use Part IH and/or use additional sheets to supplement/address all evaluation factors to clearly demonstrate its qualifications.

LIMITATIONS
852-219-10 VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business or SDVOSB
(1) Means a small business concern
(i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled Veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled Veterans or eligible surviving spouses (see VAAR 802.201, Surviving Spouse definition);
(ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled Veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled Veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such Veteran;
(iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document;
(iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control pursuant to 38 CFR part 74 and is listed in VA s Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database; and
(v) The business will comply with VAAR subpart 819.70 and Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations regarding small business size and government contracting programs at 13 CFR part 121 and 125, provided that any reference therein to a service-disabled Veteran-owned small business concern (SDVO SBC), is to be construed to apply to a VA verified and VIP-listed SDVOSB unless otherwise stated in this clause.
(2) Service-disabled Veteran means a Veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16).
(3) The term small business concern has the meaning given that term under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).
(4) The term small business concern owned and controlled by Veterans with service-connected disabilities has the meaning given the term small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled Veterans under section 3(q)(2) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(q)(2)), except that for a VA contract the firm must be listed in the VIP database (see paragraph (a)(1)(iv) above).
(b) General.
(1) Offers are solicited only from VIP-listed SDVOSBs. Offers received from entities that are not VIP-listed SDVOSBs at the time of offer shall not be considered.
(2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a VIP-listed SDVOSB who is eligible at the time of submission of offer(s) and at the time of award.
(3) The requirements in this clause apply to any contract, order or subcontract where the firm receives a benefit or preference from its designation as an SDVOSB, including set-asides, sole source awards, and evaluation preferences.
(c) Representation. Pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 8127(e), only VIP-listed SDVOSBs are considered eligible to receive award of a resulting contract. By submitting an offer, the prospective contractor represents that it is an eligible SDVOSB as defined in this clause, 38 CFR part 74, and VAAR subpart 819.70.
(d) Agreement. When awarded a contract action, including orders under multiple-award contracts, an SDVOSB agrees that in the performance of the contract, the SDVOSB shall comply with requirements in VAAR subpart 819.70 and SBA regulations on small business size and government contracting programs at 13 CFR part 121 and part 125, including the non-manufacturer rule and limitations on subcontracting requirements in 13 CFR 121.406(b) and 125.6. Unless otherwise stated in this clause, a requirement in 13 CFR part 121 and 125 that applies to an SDVO SBC, is to be construed to also apply to a VIP-listed SDVOSB. For the purpose of limitations on subcontracting, only VIP-listed SDVOSBs (including independent contractors) shall be considered eligible and/or similarly situated (i.e., a firm that has the same small business program status as the prime contractor). An otherwise eligible firm further agrees to the following:
(1) Services. In the case of a contract for services (except construction), it will not pay more than 50% of the amount paid by the government to it to firms that are not VIP- listed SDVOSBs.
(2) Supplies or products.
(i) In the case of a contract for supplies or products (other than from a non- manufacturer of such supplies), it will not pay more than 50% of the amount paid by the government to it to firms that are not VIP-listed SDVOSBs.
(ii) In the case of a contract for supplies from a non-manufacturer, it will supply the product of a domestic small business manufacturer or processor, unless a waiver as described in 13 CFR 121.406(b)(5) has been granted.
(3) General construction. In the case of a contract for general construction, it will not pay more than 85% of the amount paid by the government to it to firms that are not VIP-listed SDVOSBs.
(4) Special trade construction contractors. In the case of a contract for special trade contractors, no more than 75% of the amount paid by the government to the prime may be paid to firms that are not VIP-listed SDVOSBs.
(5) Subcontracting. An SDVOSB must meet the NAICS size standard assigned by the prime contractor and be listed in VIP to count as similarly situated. Any work that a first tier VIP-listed SDVOSB subcontractor further subcontracts will count towards the percent of subcontract amount that cannot be exceeded. For contracts referenced in (d)(2), (3), and (4) the cost of materials is excluded and are not considered to be subcontracted. When a contract includes both services and supplies, the 50 percent limitation shall apply only to the service portion of the contract. Other direct costs may be excluded to the extent they are not the principal purpose of the acquisition and small businesses do not provide them. For additional information and more specific requirements on the limitations on subcontracting, refer to 13 CFR 125.6.
(e) Required limitations on subcontracting compliance measurement period. An SDVOSB shall comply with the limitations on subcontracting as follows:
_____By the end of the base term of the contract or order, and then by the end of each subsequent option period; or
_X____By the end of the performance period for each order issued under the contract.
(f) Joint ventures. A joint venture may be considered eligible as an SDVOSB if the joint venture is listed in VIP and complies with the requirements in 13 CFR 125.18(b), provided that any requirement therein that applies to an SDVO SBC is to be construed to apply to a VIP-listed SDVOSB. A joint venture agrees that, in the performance of the contract, the applicable percentage specified in paragraph (d) of this clause will be performed by the aggregate of the joint venture participants.
(g) Precedence. Any inconsistencies between the requirements of the SBA Program for SDVO SBCs, and the VA Veterans First Contracting Program, as defined in VAAR subpart 819.70 and this clause, the VA Veterans First Contracting Program takes precedence.
(h) Misrepresentation. Pursuant to 38 USC 8127(g), any business concern, including all its principals, that is determined by VA to have willfully and intentionally misrepresented a company s SDVOSB status is subject to debarment from contracting with the Department for a period of not less than five years (see VAAR 809.406, Debarment).

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Qualified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business firms are required to submit three (3) hard copies of the SF 330 (which can be downloaded from www.gsa.gov/forms ) and one (1) Compact Disc (CD) which contains digital copies of the SF 330. All packages shall be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 3, 2021, including Past Performance (CPARS) evaluations or Questionnaires (attachment 1). All submittals must be sent to the attention of Aletha Bourke, Contract Specialist HVHCS FDR 2094 Albany Post Road, Bldg. 29, Montrose, NY 10548.

The submission must include an insert detailing the following information:
1. Dun & Bradstreet Number;
2. Tax ID Number;
3. The e-mail address and phone number of the Primary Point of Contact and;
4. A copy of the firms CVE verification

The Contracting Officer is not responsible for not receiving submissions due to the offeror misaddressing the package or illegibility of the information. NOTE: Any request for assistance with submission or other procedural matters shall be submitted via email only to Aletha.Bourke@va.gov. No telephone inquiries will not be honored.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT PAY NOR REIMBURSE ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST. THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.