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Worldwide New Construction Design Services

Solicitation Number: SAQMMA12R0364

Agency: U.S. Department of State

Office: Office of Logistics Management

Location: Acquisition Management

Solicitation Number:


Notice Type: Presolicitation


Track Changes

The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Office of Logistics Management, on behalf of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), anticipates awarding at least four indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to qualified architect/engineer firm-led teams (prime or joint venture) of licensed professionals to provide comprehensive architectural and engineering (A/E) services. The Department intends to award one of the contracts to a qualified small business enterprise.

This solicitation covers A/E services for new construction projects at DOS Posts and DOS-sponsored projects worldwide. AE services include the planning and design of new construction, related renovations and associated follow-on projects at U.S. diplomatic Foreign Service posts worldwide. The estimated cost of construction for these projects ranges from $1 million to $200 million. Tasks may include the preliminary analysis of potential new construction sites, planning leading to design-build or design-bid-build definition, bridging documents, and/or construction documents. The participation of the A/E firm on the preliminary work on a given project may affect the A/E's ability to participate in competitively-sourced follow-on work or on design-build teams for that project.

Each contract shall consist of a one-year base period with four one-year optional service periods. The Government guarantees a minimum of $50,000 in task orders over the life of each contract. The total amount of orders issued under each contract is not expected to exceed $50,000,000 per year. The contract will be for professional services to include, but not be limited to, architectural and engineering studies, site utilization studies and master planning, conceptual, schematic and preliminary designs, design development, construction documents, specifications, cost estimates and budget assessments, as well as project related life-cycle analysis, value engineering, construction phase services and claims analysis services.

Department of State projects shall demonstrate the value of true integrated design that balances aesthetics, cost, constructability and reliability, following the Guiding Principles of Design Excellence ( A/E firms responding to this solicitation should be able to demonstrate the completion of projects of comparable complexity. 

Contract services shall include the following: architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, long range planning, master planning, initial and detailed planning, space planning, site utilization studies, cost estimating, budget assessment, interior design, graphic design and signage, food service design, scheduling, and environmental and sustainability design. In addition, the following engineering disciplines shall be provided: electrical, mechanical, plumbing, structural, blast, civil, geotechnical, environmental, seismic, security, lighting, acoustical, chemical and biological protection, information and telecommunication, fire protection, value engineering, and vertical transportation. The administrative coordination of the various disciplines involved, and ascertaining and working within the U.S. Government's requirements and the applicable laws, codes and standards at the overseas project sites shall be required. Knowledge and experience in the preparation of planning, design and construction documents employing alternative delivery methods (e.g. design-bid-build, bridging, and design-build) is required.

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