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Maintenance Dredging, Ventura Harbour, Ventura County, California

Posted on August 10, 2015

This is a SOURCES SOUGHT announcement; a market survey for information only, to be used for preliminary planning purposes. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS AND NO CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED FROM THIS SYNOPSIS. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this synopsis or any follow up information requests. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Los Angeles District has been tasked to solicit for and award a 3-year, 3-cycle maintenance dredging contract for Ventura Harbor, Ventura County Ca. This project consists of Maintenance Dredging of the Federal Navigation Channels and Sand Traps at Ventura Harbor. Clean dredged sands will be placed on adjacent downcoast beaches or in the nearshore (or both). Proposed project will be a competitive, firm-fixed price, contract procured in accordance with FAR 14, Seal Bidding. The government intends to issue a solicitation; however, the results and analysis of the market research will finalize the determination of procurement method. The type of set-aside decision to be issued will depend upon the responses to this synopsis.

The purpose of this synopsis is to gain knowledge of interest, capabilities and qualifications of various members of industry, to include the Small Business Community: Small Business, Section 8(a), Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUB-Zone), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). The Government must ensure there is adequate competition among the potential pool of responsible contractors.

The Government is seeking qualified, experienced sources capable of performing construction services consisting of dredging and placement of material (500,000 to 1,000,000 CY per cycle) from the Federal navigation channels and sand traps in Ventura Harbor, specifically the entrance and approach channels and sand traps. Dredging will occur in depths up to -40′ MLLW in an exposed open-ocean environment. Placement will occur on adjacent South Beach/McGrath State Beachand/or in a designated shallow water site along McGrath State Beach (no deeper than -28′ MLLW) that would require open ocean transit. Contractor must be able to sustain a minimum production of 20,000 cubic yards per day and all vessels and equipment must be certified by the U.S. Coast Guard and be capable of operating outside the line of demarcation. Contractor must possess all required VCAQMD permits at time of contract award.

In accordance with FAR 36/DFARs 236, the estimated construction price range for this project is: Between $10,000,000 and $25,000,000.

Estimated duration of the project is 50 calendar days per dredge cycle (500,000 to 1,000,000 cubic yards per cycle), the contract will contain 1 base year and 2 option year dredging cycles.

Minimum capabilities required include:

Previous dredging experience with similar magnitude in quantity and complexity. Must have previous experience dredging in open ocean environment (list examples).

Contractor must be able to sustain a minimum production of 20,000 cubic yards per day.

Must be able to dredge in a range from 0.0 to – 40.0 ft (MLLW).

Must be able to maintain a submerged pipeline crossing in navigation
channels without impact to shipping and boating activities.

Must be able to dredge material ranging from Fines, Sand, Gravel, and Cobbles. Other materials encountered may include tires, trash, debris, etc.

Must be able to accomplish work in an open ocean/ high-energy wave environment.

Must meet all Bonding requirements.

Minimum equipment required includes:

All vessels and equipment must be certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Equipment must have the ability to operate in open water (outside line of demarcation).

Methods of dredging required may include any combination of the following:

Clamshell and/or Hopper and/or Cutterhead for Beach Disposal up to 3.0 Miles from harbor (pipeline may cross SANTA CLARA RIVER MOUTH) or Nearshore Disposal may be required in water no deeper than -28.0 ft (MLLW.)

Prospective Dredgers should list equipment, expected production rates, and methods used to accomplish work (include contingencies for primary equipment failure).

Must possess and equipment must be able to meet all Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) Permits and Requirements at time of contract award.

The contract period of performance is for the base bid and options. The total contract capacity will not exceed $25,000,000.00.

The North American Industry Classification System code for this procurement is 237990 – Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction which has a small business size standard of $27,500,000.00.

The Standard Industrial Code is 1642 and The Federal Supply Code is Z1KF.

Small Businesses are reminded under FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontractingthat they must self perform 40% of the work in the proposed contract, excluding materials and equipment costs. For Dredging procurements, to be considered small for purposes of Government procurement, a firm must perform at least 40 percent of the volume dredged with its own equipment or equipment owned by another small business dredging concern.

8(a) firms are reminded they need to have a bonafide office in the area to where the work is to be performed should the acquisition be set-aside for 8(a) program.

Prior Government contract work is not required for submitting a response under this sources sought synopsis.

Anticipated solicitation issuance date is on or about 27 Aug 2015, and the estimated proposal due date will be on or about 24 Sep 2015. The official synopsis citing the solicitation number will be issued on Federal Business and inviting firms to register electronically to receive a copy of the solicitation when it is issued.

Firm’s response to this Synopsis shall be limited to 5 pages and shall include the following information:

1. Firm’s name, address, point of contact, phone number, and e-mail address.
2. Firm’s interest in bidding on the solicitation when it is issued.
3. Firm’s capability to perform a contract of this magnitude and complexity (include firm’s capability to execute construction, comparable work performed within the past 5 years:
Brief description of the project, customer name, timeliness of performance, customer satisfaction, and dollar value of the project) – provide at least 3 examples.
4. Firm’s Business Size – LB, SB, 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, or EDWOSB or WOSB.
6. Firm’s Joint Ventures (existing), including Mentor Prot g s and teaming arrangement information is acceptable
7. Firm’s Bonding Capability (construction bonding level per contract and aggregate construction bonding level, both expressed in dollars) via letter from bonding company

Interested Firm’s shall respond to this Sources Sought Synopsis no later than August 18, 2015, by 4:30 PM Pacific Time. All interested firms must be registered in CCR to be eligible for award of Government contracts. email your response to

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