PANGLR20P0000003708 – Sources Sought – Cultural Resources Investigation, Middlesboro, KY

Jun 6, 2020 | Sources Sought

Changed: 8/7/2020

PURPOSE: Archaeological investigations for proposed disposal areas associated with Yellow Creek Bypass Channel Clearing, Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky. 

SCOPE OF WORK: The Corps of Engineers has need of a single fixed price supply contract. The Nashville District plans to clear sediment, debris, and vegetation from the Yellow Creek Bypass Channel, Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky.  The proposed project is expected to generate approximately 63,000 cubic yards (cy) of material from an approximate 6,300 linear foot section of the channel.  Vegetation from the operations would be transported to a processing site to include chipping or burning.  Sediment would be temporarily stored on nearby lot and ultimately moved to the Apollo Mine to support a mine reclamation project.  

The Corps requires assessment of the two temporary use areas where sediment will be temporarily stored and vegetation would be burned.  Given the temporary nature of the use areas, the proposed project would not introduce visual effects.  Investigations are required to identify the presence of archaeological sites within the project areas.

Information from the report will be used by the Corps to complete its obligations under Sections 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108). The Corps previously consulted under 36 CFR 800 on the proposed work within the stream channel and use of the Apollo Mine site for the final disposal of the dredge material. 
The proposed project involves the removal of up to 63,000 cubic yards material from the Yellow Creek Bypass Channel.  The Yellow Creek Bypass Channel was constructed in 1939 to direct flood waters from Yellow Creek and around Middlesboro.  The Yellow Creek Bypass Channel requires periodic dredging to maintain operations.  Prior dredging projects occurred in 1968, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 2008.  The dredge spoil has been placed on various government and private parcels in the past (Figure 2).  However, the documentation related to prior disposal sites has not been well recorded. Anecdotal information suggests portions of the two proposed temporary use sites have been used for dredge disposal in the past.  The Corps requires verification of the prior use of proposed disposal areas, delineation of undisturbed areas within the proposed disposal areas, and identification of archaeological sites within the proposed temporary use areas.

Contracting Office Address: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rivers Contracting Division 
Nashville Contracting Branch CELRN-RC-N
110 Ninth Avenue South, Room A680
Nashville, TN 37203-3817 
United States 

Place of Performance: 
Yellow Creek Bypass Channel
Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky 40965
United States 

Primary Point of Contact: 
Rob Holdsworth
Contract Specialist
Robert.B.Holdsworth@usace.army.mil
Phone: 615-736-5538

Secondary Point of Contact: 
JW Purcell
Contracting Officer
James.W.Purcell@usace.army.mil
Phone: 615-736-7674

THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION, INVITATION FOR BID, REQUEST FOR QUOTE (RFQ) OR A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP).
THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY.  THIS SOURCES SOUGHT IS FOR ACQUISITION PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE A SOLICITATION OR ULTIMATELY AWARD A CONTRACT.  ANY COST INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT SHALL BE BORNE BY THE INTERESTED PARTY (PROSPECTIVE OFFEROR) AND WILL NOT BE CHARGED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR REIMBURSEMENT.  RESPONDENTS WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULTS OF ANY GOVERNMENT ASSESSMENTS.

PURPOSE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is conducting this Sources Sought in support of Market Research to notify and seek potential qualified members of industry to gain knowledge of capabilities, interest, and qualification; to include the Small Business Community for completing the work effort relative to archaeological investigations for proposed disposal areas associated with Yellow Creek Bypass Channel Clearing, Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky. Responses to this Sources Sought Synopsis will be used by the government in making appropriate acquisition decisions.  The type of solicitation to be issued will depend upon the responses to this sources sought synopsis.  The Government must ensure there is adequate competition among the potential pool of responsive contractors.  The type of set-aside decision to be issued will depend upon the responses to this sources sought.
NO SOLICITATION EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

SCOPE OF WORK (SUBJECT TO CHANGE): The Corps of Engineers has need of a single fixed price service contract. The Nashville District, plans to clear sediment, debris, and vegetation from the Yellow Creek Bypass Channel, Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky.  The proposed project is expected to generate approximately 63,000 cubic yards (cy) of material from an approximate 6,300 linear foot section of the channel.  Vegetation from the operations would be transported to a processing site to include chipping or burning.  Sediment would be temporarily stored on nearby lot and ultimately moved to the Apollo Mine to support a mine reclamation project.  

The Corps requires assessment of the two temporary use areas where sediment will be temporarily stored and vegetation would be burned.  Given the temporary nature of the use areas, the proposed project would not introduce visual effects.  Investigations are required to identify the presence of archaeological sites within the project areas.

Information from the report will be used by the Corps to complete its obligations under Sections 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108). The Corps previously consulted under 36 CFR 800 on the proposed work within the stream channel and use of the Apollo Mine site for the final disposal of the dredge material. 
The proposed project involves the removal of up to 63,000 cubic yards material from the Yellow Creek Bypass Channel.  The Yellow Creek Bypass Channel was constructed in 1939 to direct flood waters from Yellow Creek and around Middlesboro.  The Yellow Creek Bypass Channel requires periodic dredging to maintain operations.  Prior dredging projects occurred in 1968, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 2008.  The dredge spoil has been placed on various government and private parcels in the past (Figure 2).  However, the documentation related to prior disposal sites has not been well recorded. Anecdotal information suggests portions of the two proposed temporary use sites have been used for dredge disposal in the past.  The Corps requires verification of the prior use of proposed disposal areas, delineation of undisturbed areas within the proposed disposal areas, and identification of archaeological sites within the proposed temporary use areas.

Official Solicitation is anticipated to be issued on or about 4 August 2020. 

Results of this sources-sought announcement will be used, in part, to determine the size and make-up of the industrial base for this type of service and the feasibility of a small business or socio-economic set aside for this project.   All qualified contractors are encouraged to respond; lack of responses may jeopardize the project being set aside for small business.

CAPABILITY STATEMENT TO SHOW INTEREST AND INTENT:
Respondents interested in performing the proposed project as a prime contractor should submit a capability statement for consideration that include the following: (In A through I).

A.  Offerors’ name, address, points of contact with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

B.  DUNS number and CAGE code.

C.  Are you a small business under this NAICS code?

D.  Business size/classification to include any designations (Small Business, HUBZone, 8(a), Women-owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, etc.).

E.  A Statement of Capability (SOC) stating your skills, experience, and knowledge required to perform the specified type of work as described above.  This SOC should be a brief description of your company’s capabilities.  Include a statement detailing any special qualifications and certifications, applicable to the scope of this project, held by your firm and/or in-house personnel.  The potential bidders should provide brief references of relevant work they have performed and the magnitude.

F.  Indicate whether your company will perform the work directly, or intends to subcontract the work. If subcontracting, identify the percentage of work to be subcontracted.  

 Identify the percentage of work your form may be capable of directly performing.

G.  A statement regarding past bonding and evidence of your bonding capability.

H.  Please indicate whether your firm will submit an offer for this project.

I.  Any other information that would assist in determining your company’s capability in performing the described construction work.

SUBMISSION OF CAPABILITY STATEMENT:
Submit this information to Rob Holdsworth, Contract Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via email to Robert.B.Holdsworth@usace.army.mil.  Your response to this Sources Sought notice must be received by 1:00 PM CST on June 23, 2020.

DO NOT SUBMIT PROPRIETARY AND/OR BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL DATA.  EMAIL IS THE PREFERRED METHOD WHEN RECEIVING RESPONSES TO THIS SYNOPSIS.

As a reminder, this Sources Sought announcement notice should not be construed in any manner to be an obligation to issue a contract, or result in any claim for reimbursement of costs for any effort you expend in responding to this request.  No solicitation is currently available.  Any future solicitation package will be made available on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website https://beta.sam.gov/.  Interested parties are solely responsible for monitoring the FBO website for the release of a solicitation package and/or any updates/amendments.  Search Keyword “W912P5” to obtain a complete listing of all Nashville District US Army Corps of Engineers opportunities.

Contracting Office Address: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rivers Contracting Division 
Nashville Contracting Branch CELRN-RC-N
110 Ninth Avenue South, Room A680
Nashville, TN 37203-3817 
United States 

Place of Performance: 
Yellow Creek Bypass Channel
Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky 40965
United States 

Primary Point of Contact: 
Rob Holdsworth
Contract Specialist
Robert.B.Holdsworth@usace.army.mil
Phone: 615-736-5538

Secondary Point of Contact: 
JW Purcell
Contracting Officer
James.W.Purcell@usace.army.mil
Phone: 615-736-7674

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