Department of Veterans Affairs
Network Contracting Office 16 – HOUSTON
In Support of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS)

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
36C25622Q0187

STATEMENT OF WORK
Pharmacy IV Hoods and Installation

Purpose

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) is requesting to purchase two IV hoods to install and configure for the needs of the inpatient pharmacy.

Scope

The Contractor shall provide, transport, and configure all listed equipment. All products must meet all salient characteristics defined in this section. All equipment must meet manufacturer and VA specifications. The Contractor shall furnish all supplies, equipment, facilities and services required for delivery of the supplies and equipment.

Salient Characteristics
Suggested Manufacturer Brand Name: Labconco or EQUIVALENT as follows:

Item #
Description/Part Number*
Qty
0001
Pharmacy Hood Acquisition and Installation
1

6 Horizontal Clean Bench
Quantity: 1

Catalog #: 3873021
Specifications/Salient Characteristics:
6 Horizontal bench at least 24 in depth
Horizontal laminar air flow over work area
ISO Class 5 or better conditions
~120v/60Hz operation
0.3-micron HEPA filter
Disposable prefilters
Variable speed built-in motor
Built in pressure gauge
Stainless steel construction
Fluorescent lighting
IV bar

Base Stand for IV Hood
Quantity: 1

Catalog #: 3401006 or EQUIVALENT as follows:
Specifications/Salient Characteristics:

Telescoping base stand
Able to support 6 wide, 24 deep laminar flow hood (see 2.4.1)
Steel construction
Provides adjustable working surface height of at least 30 , adjustable in 1 increments
Leveling feet

Class II Type B2 Biological Safety Cabinet
Quantity: 1

Catalog #: 303481101 or EQUIVALENT as follows:
Specifications/Salient Characteristics:

Negative pressure design
HEPA filtered supply and exhaust
Built-in LCD displaying filter life, alarm conditions, and alerts
LED lighting located outside of work area
Fully closing tempered glass sash that can open at least 20
Stainless steel construction
Minimum 100fpm inflow air velocity
Minimum 50fpm downflow air velocity
Non-welded steel base stand

DELIVERY AND SITE CONDITIONS

Contractor shall deliver all equipment to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS), 2400 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.

END OF SATEMENT OF WORK

REQUESTED RESPONSES:
The intent of this Request for Information is to establish sources to define the procurement strategy (e.g set-aside, sole source, unrestricted) for a solicitation that VA intends to post soon. Interested contractors are requested to respond in accordance with the following:
Please respond to this RFI if you can provide the exact brand name products listed in the table in the background section above. In the response, please cite your business size status.
If you have an existing GSA or VA, Federal Supply Schedule contract, please include the contract details in your response.
DISTRIBUTORS: You must provide proof that you are an authorized distributor. VA does not accept grey market items.

Please respond to this RFI if you can provide supplies that may be determined EQUIVALENT to the products listed in the table in the background section above. Please provide details on the proposed EQUIVALENT products such as Manufacturer Name, Part Number, and Description.

If you have an existing GSA or VA, Federal Supply Schedule contract, please include the contract details in your response.
DISTRIBUTORS: You must provide proof that you are an authorized distributor. VA does not accept grey market items.

Please note that VA is particularly interested in determining the availability of Small Business Manufacturers. If your company is a small business manufacturer of potentially equivalent items, please respond to this RFI.

Vendors are requested to submit estimated market research pricing with their responses. The estimated pricing will be considered when determining the procurement strategy for the future solicitation. (e.g. if CO determines that capable small businesses cannot provide fair and reasonable pricing, then the solicitation will not be set-aside).

Please note that if no responses to this notice are received, from either authorized distributors of the cited brand name nor from manufacturers marketing a potentially equivalent brand, then this action will be sole sourced to the manufacturer cited in the Background section above.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND RESPONSE DUE DATE:
Please email all responses to Ayanna.Hamilton@va.gov. Please respond to this RFI no later than 12/01/2021.

DISCLAIMER: This RFI is issued solely for informational and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to form a binding contract. Respondents are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI.