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TOWN OF WINDERMERE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Landscape Architectural Services
RESPONSES ARE DUE BY 5:00 PM EST September 9, 2016
MAIL OR DELIVER RESPONSES TO:
ATT: Robert Smith, Town Manager
614 Main St.
Windermere, FL 34786
Robert Smith, Town Manager
Phone: (407) 876-2563, Fax (407) 876-0103
The Town of Windermere is known as a small quaint Town located in Central Florida nestled in between Lake Butler and Lake Down. With its dirt roads and tree canopy, the Town has maintained its rural feel while surrounded by extensive growth. The Town of Windermere is seeking Landscape Architectural Services for several of the parks to enhance, beautify, and encourage more residents to visit and enjoy the park amenities. The successful bid should incorporate those ideals when responding to this RFP.
Those individuals or firms interested in providing this service are instructed to submit three (3) bound copies, one (1) unbound original, and one (1) electronic copy (CD: PDF Format) of their qualifications pertinent to the scope of work prior to 5pm Eastern Standard Time, September 9, 2016, to the attention of Robert Smith, Town Manager 614 Main St. Windermere, FL 34786. Proposal documents received after this date and time will not be considered. The Town of Windermere reserves the right to reject any and all proposal documents received, to solicit new proposal documents, or take any other such actions that may be deemed to be in the best interest of the Town of Windermere. The Town of Windermere is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MBE/WBE/DBE businesses are encouraged to participate. The Town of Windermere strictly enforces open and fair competition.
2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Individuals/Firms are invited to submit proposal documents to the Town of Windermere RFP 2016-03 Landscape Architectural Services.
Requirements for submission and selection criteria may be obtained from the Town of Windermere’s web site at www.town.windermere.fl.us. All questions pertaining to this Request for Proposals (RFP) should be directed, in writing, to Robert Smith, Town Manager, 614 Main St. Windermere, FL 34786, by facsimile (407) 876-0103, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any addenda to this RFP shall be made on the Town web site. It is the sole responsibility of those submitting an RFP to check the web site for addendums. These questions are due by 5pm EST August 19, 2016. Final addenda will be posted by 5pm EST August 23, 2016.
Proposers must submit one (1) original response unbound marked “Original”, three (3) bound copies marked “Copies”, and one (1) electronic copy (CD; PDF Format) of the submittal in a sealed envelope clearly marked on the outside with the Proposers name and “RFP 2016-03 Landscape Architectural Services” addressed and delivered to:
Att: Robert Smith, Town Manager
614 Main Street
All proposals must be received by Robert Smith before 5:00pm EST September 9, 2016. Any proposals received after this date and time will be automatically rejected. Materials may be delivered by Certified Mail, Return Receipt, hand delivered or couriered. Faxed or emailed proposals will be automatically rejected. Hand delivered proposal documents may request a receipt. If sent by mail or courier, the above mentioned envelope shall be enclosed in another envelope addressed to the entity and address stated above. Proposers should be aware that certain “express mail” services will have to meet the required time frame of submittal or be deemed automatically rejected. It is the sole responsibility of the Proposer to ensure their proposal is received in a timely manner.
The Town of Windermere reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive informalities in any or all qualification documents, to re-advertise for RFP’s, and to separately accept or reject any item or items and to negotiate contracts in the best interest of the Town of Windermere.
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information in this RFP we recognize that the information may not be complete in every detail and that all work may not be expressly mentioned in these specifications. It is the responsibility of the proposing company to include in their proposal all pertinent information in accordance with the objectives of the Town.
3. Calendar of Events
All times listed in the calendar of events is Eastern Daylight Time
Request for Proposals Advertised
August 5, 2016
Technical Questions Due to the Town (written)
August 19, 2016
Responses to Questions Due from the Town
August 23, 2016
Proposals Due to the Town
September 9, 2016 5pm EST
Short List Presentations (if necessary)
Contract Negotiated with Town
Board Approval of Qualified Vendor
· The Town reserves the right to alter scheduled dates if necessary
4. Instructions to Respondents
The Town of Windermere is seeking proposals from qualified Landscape Architectural Services for several of the parks to enhance, beautify, and encourage more residents to visit and enjoy the park amenities.
4.02 Copies of Responding Documents
Only complete sets of Responding Documents will be issued and shall be used in preparing responses. The Town does not assume any responsibility for errors or misinterpretations resulting from the use of incomplete sets.
4.03 Disqualification of Respondents
A. NON-COLLUSION AFFIDAVIT: Any person submitting a response to this invitation must execute the enclosed NON-COLLUSION AFFIDVIT. If it is discovered that collusion exists among the Responders the response of all participants in such collusion shall be rejected, and no participants will be considered in future responses for the same work
B. PUBLIC ENTITY CRIME: A person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a conviction for a public entity crime may not submit a response/bid on a contract to provide any goods or services to a public entity submit response/bids on leases or perform work as a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, or consultant under a contract with any public entity, and may not transact business with any public entity in excess of the threshold amount provided in section 287.017, Florida Statutes, for Category Two for a period of 36 months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list.
C. DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE FORM: Any person submitting a response or qualification documents in response to this invitation must execute the enclosed DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE FORM and submit it with the response. Failure to complete this form in every detail and submit it with your response will result in immediate disqualification of your response.
D. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Any Respondent who is deemed to have a conflict of interest prohibited by Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, shall be disqualified.
E. PROHIBITED COMMUNICATION: Any form of communication, except for written correspondence authorized herein, shall be prohibited regarding this particular request for qualifications, or any other competitive solicitation between:
1. Any person or person’s representative seeking an award from such competitive solicitation; and
2. Any Town Council Member or any Town staff authorized to act on behalf of the Council to award a particular contract (Selection Committee Member, etc)
For the purpose of this section, a person’s representative shall include but not limited to, the person’s employee, partner, officer, director, consultant, lobbyist, or any actual or potential subcontractor or consultant of the person.
This prohibition on communication shall be in effect as of the publication of the bid advertisement. The provisions of this section shall not apply to oral communications at any public proceeding, oral presentations before selection committees, contract negotiations, presentations made to the Council if requested, and protest hearings.
The provisions of this section shall terminate at time of award of grant writing services, rejects all bids, or otherwise takes action which ends the solicitation process.
4.04 EXAMINIATION OF RFP DOCUMENTS
Each Respondent shall carefully examine the RFP and other contract documents, and inform him or herself thoroughly regarding any and all conditions and requirements that may in any manner affect cost, progress, or performance of the work to be performed under the contract. Ignorance on the part of the Respondent in no way relieves the Respondent of the obligations and responsibilities assumed under the contract.
Should a Respondent find discrepancies or ambiguities in, or omissions from, the specifications, or be in doubt as to their meaning, Respondent shall notify the Town Manager in writing prior to the Response Question Due Date.
4.05 INTERPRETATIONS, CLARIFICATIONS, AND ADDENDA
No oral interpretations will be made to any potential Respondent as to the meaning of the contract documents. Any inquiry or request for interpretation received on or before August 19, 2016 will be given consideration. Any changes or interruption will be made in writing in the form of an addendum and, if used, will be posted on the Town Web Site www.town.windermere.fl.us. Each respondent shall acknowledge receipt of any addenda in their proposal. If the acknowledgement is not included, the response to the RFP will constitute acknowledgment. It is the responsibility of all Respondents to verify all addenda prior to submitting a response to the RFP.
4.06 GOVERNING LAWS AND REGUALTIONS
The Respondent is required to be familiar with and shall be responsible for complying with all Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations that in any manner affect the work including grant award terms for all grants to which a respondent may apply on behalf of the Town.
4.07 SIGNATURE OF RESPONDENT
The Respondent must sign the response forms in the space provided for the signature. If the Respondent is a professional association or other business entity, the title of the officer signing the response on behalf of the entity must be stated and evidence of the officer’s authority to sign the response must be submitted. The Respondent shall state in the response the name and address of each person interested therein.
4.08 COST OF PROPOSAL
The Town of Windermere assumes no responsibility or liability for the costs incurred by the submitting firm to prepare and/or submit a proposal. The entire cost of preparing and submitting proposal documents, or any work in connection therewith will be borne by the submitting form or team of firms.
5. Scope of Services
5.01.1 Services will include the following to the extent approved by the Town Council and/or Town Manager
· The RFP will include Landscape Architectural Services for a total of six (6) Parks:
o Palmer Park: Pine Street between Second and Third Avenues, Playground, picnic table, park benches, parking
o Windermere Recreation Center: 10 acres on Lake Crescent, and includes two pavilions, tennis courts, an island and a wetlands area
o Fernwood Park: On Lake Butler with entrance at Seventh Avenue and Butler Street. Town boat ramp, boat dock, parking (No boat trailer parking).
o Lake Down Park: Lake Down lakefront at Fifth Avenue & Lake Street. Swim area, boat dock, park benches, picnic table & swing, no parking.
o Central Park: Oakdale Street between Fourth & Fifth Avenues. – Playground, picnic tables, parking, pavilion, walk path, Frisbee golf, bike racks, parking.
o Park Among the Lakes: Main Street between Second and Third Avenues, three tennis courts, sand volleyball court, bike rack, parking.
· The RFP will include at least 2 stakeholder meetings as well as at least one final presentation of the design to Town Council.
· The RFP will include landscape design, passive amenities (where/if needed), and irrigation (where/if needed) for the six parks identified.
· The RFP will include a cost proposal to take the design to construction drawings available to bid.
· The Design will meet all regulatory standards as well as best management practices as it relates to ISA, ANSI, Tree City USA, etc. These standards will ensure protection of the waterfront, attracting wildlife and reducing runoff all while creating a beautiful and functional space.
· The Design will take into account cost and complexity of maintenance.
· The Design will include removal of and management plan for invasive species at the parks identified.
6. Qualification/Experience requirements:
The Respondent must submit qualification/experience.
6.01 Respondents must demonstrate the following:
o Respondent must have experience in Landscape Architectural Services. This may include designs by the respondent for other local jurisdictions, commercial or large residential projects.
o Capability of the proposer to deliver the proposed services of similar type, size, scope, and complexity.
o Minimum of three references
o Describe your general approach to the coordinating and approach to design
o Respondent must have experience and familiarity with Tree City USA Standards. ISA Standards, Drought Tolerant Plantings as well as EPD and SFWMD shoreline planting regulations and maintenance requirements.
o Provide information on any additional benefits of your firm/team/individual capacity.
6.02 The Supervision and Personnel
Respondent must demonstrate how the operation will be supervised and what current quality controls policies would be in place for the service. Please identify the individual who, from project start to finish, will be the principal point of contact with the Town. This individual’s competence, his/her leadership, and his/her ability to achieve customer satisfaction will be heavily considered in the selection of a Designer.
Respondent shall be required to maintain records in accordance with local, State, and Federal Public Records Retention Requirements.
7. EVALUATION/PROPOSAL FORMAT
Proposal documents will be evaluated on the basis of Scope of Services listed.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the information provided in the response. All Respondents who demonstrate previous success as described above and are not disqualified on some other basis outlined in this RFP shall be approved as a qualified vendor. For qualification documents to be eligible, the format must be strictly followed. All qualification documents should be type written, bound 8 1/2 x 11 format, and should be properly identified by name of respondent and marked with “RFP 2016-03 Landscape Architectural Services to facilitate effective evaluation by the Town, qualification documents shall be limited to 25 pages. MBE/WBE/DBE certificate(s), other appendix documentation, sectional dividers, and front and back covers will not be counted towards the total. A letter of interest or executive summary, not to exceed three (3) additional pages, may also be included in the proposal. Qualification documents that exceed this length will be considered non responsive and will not be evaluated. During this RFQ process, any intentional omissions, alterations, or false representations will be grounds for rejection of any proposal.
Proposals must include the following tabbed sections:
1. Company or Personal Background
4. Service approach
5. Cost for Services
6. Required Forms
a. Response Cover
b. Hold Harmless Agreement
c. Certificate of Insurance
d. Non Collusion Affidavit
e. Drug Free Workplace Form
8. Indemnification and Insurance
8.01.1 Indemnification and Hold Harmless
The Respondent agrees to indemnify and hold the Town harmless for any and all claims, liability, losses and causes of action which may arise out of its fulfillment of the contract awarded pursuant to this RFP. It agrees to pay all claims and losses, including related court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees, and shall defend all suits filed due to the negligent acts, error or omissions or Respondent employees and/or agents
In the event the completion of a project awarded pursuant to this RFP (to include the work of others) is delayed or suspended as a result of the Respondent’s failure to purchase or maintain the required insurance, the Respondent shall indemnify the Town from any and all increased expenses resulting from such delay.
8.01.2 Insurance Requirements
Respondent must provide a certificate of insurance with their response.
RESPONSE TO: RFP 2016-03 Landscape Architectural Services
ROBERT SMITH, TOWN MANAGER
614 MAIN ST. WINDERMERE, FL 34786
I acknowledge receipt of any/all Addenda: _________________________________________
I have included:
· Hold Harmless Agreement
· Certificate of Insurance
· Non Collusion Affidavit
· Drug Free Workplace Form
BY signing and submitting this proposal, I am certifying that (a) I am a citizen of the United States; (b) I am not a member or an employee of any taxing authority; and (c) I do not represent any property owner in an administrative or judicial review of property tax issues.
Signature of Respondent Witness
STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ________
Sworn to (or affirmed) and subscribed before me this _____ day of _____, 20___, by (name of person making statement).
Personally Known ______ OR Produced Identification _______ Type of Identification Produced_______________________________________________
My Commission Expires___________________________
HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT
I____________________ (Respondent) agrees to indemnify and hold the Town harmless for any and all claims, liability, losses and causes of action which may arise out of its fulfillment of the contract awarded pursuant to this RFP. It agrees to pay all claims and losses, including related court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees, and shall defend all suits filed due to the negligent acts, error or omissions of Respondent or employees and/or agents of Respondent.
Signature of Respondent Witness
I _____________________ (Respondent) of the firm of ___________________ (Respondent Firm Name) responded to the notice for calling for qualifications for Landscape Architectural Services. This proposal has been executed with full authority to do so. This response has been arrived at independently without collusion, consultation, communication or agreement for the purposes of restricting competition, as to any matter relating to qualifications or responses of any other responder or with any competitor, and no attempt has been made or will be made by the Responder to induce any other person, partnership or corporation to submit, or not to submit, a response for the purpose of restricting competition;
The Statements contained within this affidavit are true and correct, and made with full knowledge that the Town of Windermere relies upon the truth of the statements contained in this affidavit in awarding contracts for said services.
DRUG FREE WORKPLACE CERTIFICATION
In order to have a drug-free workplace program, a business shall:
1. Publish a statement notifying employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the workplace and specifying the actions that will be taken against an employee for violations of such prohibition.
2. Inform employees about the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace, the business’s policy of maintaining a drug free workplace, available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs, and the penalties that may be imposed upon employees from drug abuse violations.
3. Give each employee engaged in providing the commodities or contractual services that are under this solicitation a copy of the statement specified in subsection (1) above.
4. In the statement specified in subsection (1), notify the employees that, as a condition of working in the commodities or contractual services that are under this solicitation, the employee will abide by the terms of the statement and will notify the employee of any conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contender to, any violation of Chapter 893 or of and controlled substance law of the United States or any state, for a violation occurring in the work place no later than five (5) days after such conviction.
5. Impose a sanction on, or require the satisfactory participation in, a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program if such is available in the employee’s community, by any employee who is so convicted.
6. Make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free workplace though implementation of this section.
As the person authorized to sign the statement, I certify that this firm complies fully with the above requirements.