Request for Qualifications – Environmental Clearance and Landscape Architecture Services for the Pioneer Road Widening Project

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Environmental Clearance and Landscape Architecture Services for the Pioneer Road Widening Project

The City of Los Banos (City) is seeking a qualified consulting firm to provide environmental clearance services for the Pioneer Road Widening Project. The response to this solicitation will be in the form of a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ).
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ), in its entirety, can be viewed and/or obtained from the City of Los Banos website:

The City intends to award contract one (1) professional services firms to provide Phase 2B – PA&ED: Environmental Clearance and Landscape Architecture Services. The performance period becomes effective upon execution of the Agreement by both parties and shall continue in full force and effect until June 30, 2025.

All qualified firms interested in providing these services are invited to submit their SOQs. The SOQs will be evaluated and ranked according to the criteria provided in Appendix B, “Proposal Evaluation,” of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ).
It shall be the Consultant’s responsibility to check the City of Los Banos’ website to obtain any addenda that may be issued.

The Consultant’s attention is directed to Appendix A, “Submittal Requirements.”

Submit five (5) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy in PDF format on a USB flash drive of the Consultant’s SOQs. The hard copies and USB flash drive shall be mailed or submitted to the City of Los Banos, 520 J Street, Los Banos, CA 93635, prior to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), September 22, 2021. SOQs shall be submitted in a sealed package clearly marked “ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SERVICES FOR THE PIONEER ROAD WIDENING PROJECT” and addressed as follows:

City of Los Banos
Attention: City Clerk
520 J Street
Los Banos, CA 93635

Submittals received after the time and date specified above will be considered nonresponsive and will be returned to the Consultant.
Any proposals received prior to the time and date specified above may be withdrawn or modified by written request of the Consultant. To be considered, however, the modified submittal must be received prior to 4:00 p.m., PST, on September 22, 2021.
Unsigned submittals or submittals signed by an individual not authorized to bind the prospective Consultant will be considered nonresponsive and rejected.

Upon review of submitted proposals, the Selection Committee will determine whether interviews are necessary to determine a Consultant selection. The City reserves the right to hold interviews or make a Consultant selection based solely on the SOQs received.

This RFQ does not commit the City of Los Banos to award a contract, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal for this request, or to procure, or contract for services. The City of Los Banos reserves the right to accept or reject any or all SOQs received as a result of this request, to negotiate with any qualified Consultant, or to modify or cancel
in part or in its entirety the RFQ if it is in the best interests of the City of Los Banos to do so.

The prospective Consultant(s) is advised that should this RFQ result in recommendation for award of a contract, the contract will not be in force until it is approved and fully executed by the City of Los Banos. All products used or developed in the execution of any contract resulting from this RFQ will remain in the public domain at the completion of the contract.
The anticipated consultant selection schedule is as follows:

SOQ review and evaluation: September 22, 2021 through September 24, 2021
Oral interviews (if necessary): Week of September 27, 2021
Cost Negotiation and Caltrans Pre-Award Audit: October 4, 2021 through October 8, 2021
Contract Award: October 20, 2021

Any questions related to this RFQ shall be submitted in writing to the attention of Nichol Bowersox, P.E., via email at . Questions shall be submitted before 5:00 p.m. PST on September 10, 2021. Answers to questions and addendum, if necessary, shall be posted on the City website before 5:00 p.m. PST on September 13, 2021.

No oral questions or inquiries about the RFQ shall be accepted.