Proposal Outline Inquiries
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Respondents to RFPs must adhere to the following proposal outline. Failure to adhere to this outline format or failure to provide to all items listed under each topic may result in low evaluation scores by Selection Advisory Committee members.
- General Information
- Provide name, address of respondent, and telephone number of respondent, and, if firm, when firm was established.
- Provide number of employees, technical discipline, registration, and registration number.
- Indicate where the services are to be performed. (clarification)
- Project Team Members
- Provide an organization plan for management of the project. (clarification)
- Identify all consultants to be used on the project. (clarification)
- Provide qualifications of project team members shown in organization plan, including registration and membership in professional organizations. (clarification)
- Provide any unique knowledge of key team members relevant to the project.
- Respondent Experience
- Describe previous projects of a similar nature, including client contact (with phone numbers), year services provided, construction cost (if applicable), and narrative description of how they relate to this project. (clarification)
- Provide examples of project manager's city experience within the past five (5) years that serve to demonstrate the Project Manager's knowledge of City's procedure.
- Technical Approach
- Describe respondent's understanding of the project scope.
- Describe how respondent plans to perform the services required by the project scope. (clarification)
- Describe specialized problem solving required in any phase of the project.
- Cost Control
- Describe cost control and cost estimating techniques to be used for the project. (clarification)
- Provide comparisons of bid award amount to final cost estimate for projects designed by the respondent during the past two (2) years. The consultant may provide justification for any discrepancies that may exist with this information. (clarification)
This section should contain all signed and notarized certification forms.
Clarification and Notes
The following guidelines have been prepared to assist respondents in the preparation of their RFPs by clarifying certain components of the evaluation criteria categories.
If the work is to be shared among firms and offices at different locations, indicate where each office is located and what work is to be performed at each location.
Use an organizational chart that shows the proposed relationships between the key team members and support staff who are expected to participate on the project Also indicate which aspects of the work each person will be responsible for performing.
You should also provide a summary description of the work to be performed by each consultant proposed for the project.
Describe each person's work experience, field or fields of specialization, and education.
Category III, Item 1. "Describe previous projects of a similar nature, including client contacts (with phone numbers), the year(s) services were provided, construction costs (if applicable) and a narrative description of how those projects relate to this project."
The projects described should be projects that were worked on by the people shown on the organizational chart provided under item 1 of Category II. Specific project responsibilities of these individuals should be discussed.
To demonstrate your understanding of the project scope, you must describe what you intend to do. You must also describe the quality control procedures you will use to assure the accuracy and adequacy of the work that you and your consultants propose to perform.
Item one should be sub-divided as follows:
- Cost Control of the Design Process
How will you control expenditures for this project within your organization for work force, other direct costs, and all other costs associated with the basic services fee that you will negotiate with the City? For example, some firms use a project management application software program to monitor work hour usage and costs as a means of controlling total expenditures for accomplishing design tasks.
- Cost Control of the Construction Cost
How often do you make estimates of probable costs to construct the project as design progresses and compare these to the City's budget for the project? For example, some firms review project costs on a bi-weekly basis using a spreadsheet application software program and a job costing database.
What corrective actions do you take if it appears that the budget will be exceeded or that the project scope can be achieved at a much lower cost than what was discussed during negotiations?
- Cost Estimating Techniques
Design professionals use a variety of cost estimating techniques such as:
- In-house databases from bid prices on projects designed by the firm.
- Estimating data published by specialists in construction estimating such as Means, Building News, etc.
- City of Albuquerque City Engineer's estimated unit prices for contract items.
- Current six-month compilation of New Mexico State Highway & Transportation Department (NMSHTD) unit prices.
- Businesses specializing in construction cost estimating.
What techniques will you use for this project and why?
Category V, Item 2. "Provide comparisons of bid award amount to final cost estimate for projects designed by the respondent during the past two (2) years. The consultant may provide justification for any discrepancies that may exist with this information."
Information should be supplied in the following format:
- Name of Project
- Month and Year Bid
- No. of Bids
- Final Cost Estimate
- Bid Award Amount
The final cost estimate is the dollar amount you provided to your client at bid opening. For a City project, it would be the estimated construction cost you provided to the City for use at the bid opening and would contain all adjustments to earlier estimates caused by addenda issued during the bidding time for the project