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PROJECT #3752 NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: DESALINATION PLANT REACTIVATION PROJECT SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 Notice is hereby given that the City of Santa Barbara (City) is inviting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) to provide Design-Build-Operate (DBO) Services for the Reactivation and Operation of the City's Charles Meyer Desalination Plant. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been posted as described below. SOQs will be received by the City Purchasing Office located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, until 3 p.m. on October 13, 2014. The City of Santa Barbara currently owns, and maintains in long-term standby status, the Charles Meyer Desalination Plant (Plant), a seawater desalting facility located at 525 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, California. The City is preparing to reactivate the Plant by employing the design-build-operate (DBO) services of a turnkey contractor. The RFQ invites those entities interested in responding (Respondents) to submit SOQs related to providing turnkey reactivation and long-term operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Plant (all of which constitute the Project). The SOQs will be reviewed and evaluated to generate a short list of Respondents (Short-listed Respondents) that will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP). RFQ documents are available electronically at In order to be placed on the document holder's list, a Respondent can register as a document holder for this Project on Ebidboard. Although Ebidboard will fax and/or email all notifications once they are provided contact information, it is the responsibility of Respondents to obtain all addenda from the Ebidboard website or the City's website at Scope of Services The selected DBO service provider (the DBO Entity) will be responsible for all necessary detailed engineering; construction; equipment and facility rehabilitation; commissioning; and other services necessary for the DBO Entity to begin production of desalinated water into the potable water system in the spring of 2016. The DBO Entity will be required to operate and maintain the Plant so as to meet specified parameters for product water quality, production quantities, capacity availability, energy and chemical use, and annual O&M costs. The Scope of Services will be more specifically defined in the RFP to be provided to the Short-listed Respondents. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award. Project Cost Estimate and Funding The Plant reactivation budget is estimated to be between US$25 and $55 million depending on the final size of the desalination plant. The annual plant O&M costs are preliminarily estimated in a range of US$5.6 to $9.6 million per year. The Respondent shall determine the actual costs for the specific scope of services described in the RFP. The City may use City funds, in combination with financing and grants, to fund the Project. State and federal funding may also be pursued. Selection Process and Criteria The selection of the DBO Entity will be undertaken through a two-step, best-value-based process, which includes the RFQ, followed by issuance of an RFP to the Short-listed Respondents. The City will establish a selection committee to: - Evaluate and score the SOQs; - Select the Short-listed Respondents that will receivetheRFP; - Issue the RFP (including Project Technical Requirements and DBO Contract); - Conduct mandatory pre-proposal meetings; - Interview each Short-listed Respondent; - Evaluate and score each proposal and interview;and - Negotiate the DBO contract with the successful Short-listed Respondent. Communication and City Contact The City's sole point of contact for the RFQ (City Contact) shall be Mr. William Hornung, General Services Manager, who shall administer the RFQ process. Except as otherwise directed, all communications shall be submitted in writing by email to Mr. Hornung, with a copy to Mr. Greg Corral, Purchasing Supervisor, and shall show the following in the Subject line of the email: Desalination Plant Reactivation-Project #3752. The following email addresses shall be used: (William Hornung, General Services Manager) (Greg Corral, Purchasing Supervisor) Communications that require delivery to a physical address shall be addressed as follows, in addition to the required email submittals: Attn: William Hornung, General Services Manager Project #3752 - Desalination Plant Reactivation CITY OF SANTA BARBARA Purchasing Office 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101 No oral communication from the City Contact or other individual is binding. No contact with City staff, members of the City Council, or any public official concerning the Project during the procurement process is allowed. A violation of this provision may result in disqualification of the Respondent. SEPT 15, 21 / 2014 - 48302