This is a Sources Sought Synopsis announcement, a market survey for information to be used for preliminary planning purposes.  The information received will be used within the Navy to facilitate the decision making process and will not be disclosed outside of the agency.  The intent of this Sources Sought Synopsis is to identify potential qualified Small Businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a) Businesses, SBA certified HUBZone Small Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses, and/or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. 

This Sources Sought Synopsis is one facet in the Government’s overall market research in regards to whether the proposed solicitation will be issued as a competitive set-aside or as full and open (unrestricted).  No procurement strategy will be determined based solely on the information received in response to this Sources Sought Synopsis.

No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this announcement or any follow-up information requests.  This notice does not constitute a Request for Proposal and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government for any purpose other than market research.  Respondents will not be notified of the results of this market research.

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is seeking Small Business, SBA certified 8(a) Business, SBA certified HUBZone Small Business, Women-Owned Small Business, and/or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business sources with current and relevant experience, personnel, and capability to self-perform a multiple award construction contract for new construction, renovation, and repair of Natural Gas and Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants (POL) fuel systems projects.  The term “self-perform” refers to performing relevant major trade work in-house without subcontractors.  This does not include administrative or management functions.  Relevant major trade work is that which is the same or similar to the work that may be ordered under the proposed contract.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code is 237120 (Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction) with a Small Business Size Standard of $39.5 million.  Task orders issued under the proposed multiple award contract(s) will be performed at various Government installations located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.  However, it is anticipated that most projects will be performed in the state of California.  The proposed contract(s) will be for one (1) base period of two (2) years and two (2) option periods of three (3) years, resulting in the contract performance period maximum of eight (8) years.  The estimated total contract price for the base period and option periods for all contracts combined is $150,000,000.  Task order range is estimated between $50,000 and $10,000,000. The majority of task orders are anticipated to be in the $200,000 to $5,000,000 range.

Projects will be primarily design-build or secondarily design-bid-build for new construction, renovation, or repair of natural gas and POL fuels systems.  Projects may include, but are not limited to: Repairs, renovation, or construction of fuel storage and distribution systems, cathodic protection systems, spill containment systems, and all ancillary natural gas and POL support facilities and structures to include emergency backup power systems, fire protection systems, and control systems for such facilities and structures.

Interested sources are invited to respond to this sources sought announcement by using the forms provided under separate file titled “Sources Sought Information Forms.”  The following information shall be provided:

1)    Contractor Information:  Provide your firm’s contact information, including DUNS number and CAGE Code.

2)    Type of Business:  Identify whether your firm is a Small Business, SBA certified 8(a), SBA certified HUBZone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and/or Women-Owned Small Business concern.  For more information on the definitions or requirements for these small business programs, refer to http://www.sba.gov/.

3)    Bonding Capacity:  Provide your surety’s name, your maximum bonding capacity per project, and your aggregate maximum bonding capacity.

4)    Locations:  Identify the locations in which you are willing and capable to work.

5)    Experience:  Submit a minimum of three (3) and maximum of five (5) recent specific government or commercial contracts/projects your firm has self-performed to demonstrate your experience in natural gas and POL pipeline construction as indicated in this announcement.  A specific project is a single project or a single task order under an indefinite quantity contract or on-call type contract.  “Recent” is defined as having been 100% completed within the five (5) years prior to the submission due date.  All projects shall have a minimum construction cost of $500,000. Projects which do not meet these requirements may not be considered relevant.

 Additional minimum submission requirements:

  • Submit at least one (1) self-performed relevant project with a construction cost of $3,000,000 or more.
  • Submit at least one relevant project demonstrating self-performed construction experience with natural gas pipeline construction.
  • Submit at least one relevant project demonstrating self-performed construction experience with POL fuels pipeline construction.
  • Submit at least one (1) relevant project demonstrating your firm’s experience in construction of marine diesel or aviation fuel pipelines.

Note:  A single project may satisfy more than one of the above minimum requirements.

For each of the projects submitted for experience evaluation, the following information is required:

  • title and location
  • award and completion dates
  • contract or subcontract value
  • type of work for overall project and type of work your firm self-performed
  • customer information including point of contact, phone number, and email address
  • whether the work was performed as a prime or subcontractor
  • type of contract (Design-Build or Design-Bid-Build – see Sources Sought Information Form)
  • narrative project description
  • description of the work that was self-performed by your firm, including the percentage of contract value your firm self-performed

For design-build projects, identify the name and address of the A-E firm used to provide design or specify if design was performed in-house.  Identify your working relationship with the design firm (i.e. number of years working together).

6) Safety:  Submit Experience Modification Rates (EMR) and OSHA Days Away from Work, Restricted Duty, or Transfer (DART) rates for each of calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020.  For any EMR greater than 1.0 or any DART rate of 3.0 or greater, provide an explanation to address the extenuating circumstances that affected the rate and any corrective actions taken.  Instructions for calculating the DART rate can be found at http://www.bls.gov/iif/osheval.htm.  NAVFAC may make an acquisition strategy determination that excludes contractors with unexplained high EMR or DART from the pool of sufficiently qualified contractors.

In sections where recent experience is requested, all experience will be evaluated for market research purposes only.  Firms are advised that while experience older than five years or not yet 100% complete may demonstrate capability to perform the scope of work, it may not indicate that the firm could be competitive during a future solicitation where only the most recent five years of experience will be accepted.  NAVFAC may make an acquisition strategy determination based on the likelihood that a sufficient pool of qualified contractors will be competitive on a future solicitation.

Responses to this Sources Sought announcement shall be submitted electronically via email to Anna Kurzeja at anna.kurzeja@navy.mil and are due no later than 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) on November 30, 2021.  All NAVFAC Southwest solicitations are posted on the sam.gov website at https://sam.gov/ under Contract Opportunities and begin with "N62473."