Solids Management Upgrade (12565) – Updates

SMU Ongoing Updates

Below you will find a list of all communication related to MSD Solids Management Upgrade (SMU) at Bissell Point and Lemay WWTF (Project Number 12565) . To receive these updates directly in your mailbox, register using the link below.

UPDATE JULY 15, 2021: RFQ process postponed

Communication to Interested Parties: RFQ process postponed

Addendum No. 1 to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Bissell & Lemay WWTF Fluidized Bed Incinerators Design-Build project has been posted in the MSD Plan Room website, https://www.stlmsdplanroom.com/, and is now available for downloading.

The District has received a protest related to the ISS pre-qualification results. Under the District’s protest procedure, all scheduled activities for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) are being suspended until further notice.

Questions regarding Addendum 1 should be directed to Betsy Schubert, Purchasing Manager in writing at bschubert@stlmsd.com.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE JULY 9, 2021: RFQ posted, informational meeting July 27

Communication to Interested Parties: RFQ posted, informational meeting and site visits on July 27

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Bissell & Lemay WWTF Fluidized Bed Incinerators project has been posted in the MSD Plan Room website, www.stlmsdplanroom.com, and is now available for downloading.

Since MSD’S COVID-19 protocols still don’t permit indoor, in-person meetings, a virtual Informational Meeting will immediately be followed by in-person site visits (which are permitted) at Bissell Point and Lemay from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT on July 27. Prime contractor proposers are limited to five (5) participants per team at both the Informational Meeting and site tour, so they will need to determine which members of their team will attend the session. Please note that current MSD COVID-19 policies require everyone to maintain at least six feet of social distance, wear a mask indoors at all times, and wear a mask outdoors when social distancing cannot be achieved. All participants for the site tour will be required to bring their own personal protective equipment including CDC-approved face covering, gloves, a hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses and closed, steel toe shoes.

Registration for the virtual Information Meeting and site visits is here: www.msdprojectclear.org/smuinfo. The last day to register is July 23.

Parties interested in the site visits should attend the virtual Informational Meeting at a location that will allow you to arrive at the Bissell Point plant by 2:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:30 p.m. Virtual Informational Meeting
1:30-2:00 p.m. Drive to the Bissell Point Plant for Site Visit No. 1
2:00-2:45 p.m. Site Visit No. 1 at the Bissell Point Plant
2:45-3:15 p.m. Drive to the Lemay Plant for Site Visit No. 2
3:15-4:00 p.m. Site Visit No. 2 at the Lemay Plant

Please note that MSD does not require design-build teams to pre-qualify in order to submit a statement of qualifications in response to this RFQ. Also of note, MSD has pre-qualified Suez Water Technologies & Solutions USA, Inc. as the ISS Lead.

Thank you again for your interest in this project, and please feel free to ask questions. All of the above and other information about the project is included on the project website at www.msdprojectclear.org/smu.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE JUNE 9, 2021: Allowances for MWBE Goals

Communication to Interested Parties of the Bissell & Lemay WWTF Fluidized Bed Incinerators (12565):

As announced in the MWBE and Workforce Diversity Workshop held on June 2, 2021; the District will incorporate an allowance of $120M for equipment costs; with this cost being deducted from the subsequent MWBE goal calculations. As an example, if the overall fixed price cost submitted by a design build team is $500M, the MWBE goals would be calculated based on a $380M project.

Thank you again for your interest in this project, and please feel free to ask questions. All of the above and other information about the project is included on the project website at https://msdprojectclear.org/smu.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE MAY 21, 2021: Register for MWBE & Diversity Virtual Meeting

As we previously advised, MSD will conduct a virtual meeting to promote MWBE participation and Workforce Diversity in the Solids Management Upgrade at Bissell Point and Lemay WWTF (Project Number 12565). Interested Design Build teams (DB Teams), as well as MWBE firms, are strongly encouraged to attend this virtual meeting. Registration is required and can be found here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlce2qpzMiHNMUTihtAwsdaBvZtXjqAWKo

This virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for interested MWBE firms to introduce themselves to the DB Teams for this project . The main objective of this meeting is to  facilitate further communication between interested parties. As such, the meeting will be divided into several parts:

  1. A group session which will outline MSD’s diversity program, the MWBE certification process and the two MWBE certification authorities it accepts: the State of Missouri and the City of St. Louis. As mentioned in our prior communications, please note that it can take several weeks for firms to obtain MWBE certification, so we encourage eligible firms to begin this process as soon as possible, if you are not already certified. Information on these processes can be accessed at the following websites:
  1. Breakout rooms where interested MWBE firms can introduce themselves and their capabilities to DB teams, and also provide a setting where questions can be asked and answered. At this time, we are anticipating 3 breakout rooms, one for each of the DB Teams who have expressed interest in this project. Each breakout room will have 3 sessions to allow for MWBE firms to interact with each of the DB Teams. Should additional DB Teams express an intent to propose after this virtual meeting takes place, we will schedule a future session or sessions to accommodate this.

Please note that the registration deadline for this meeting is 10:00 a.m. CDT on June 1st. This will enable us to assign similar numbers of MWBE firms to each breakout room, in order to facilitate conversations.

Lastly, a reminder that MSD will announce at this June 2 virtual meeting a change to the equipment allowance that will be used to determine MWBE participation goals for this project.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE MAY 17, 2021: Site Visit

MSD would like to announce that a site visit may be arranged for Design-Build teams that are interested in the project. Site visits must be arranged through the Owner’s Representative by email to Bently Green at greenb2@bv.com; and must be accompanied with an “Intent to Propose” form. Additionally, the following conditions apply to site visit requests:

  • Limited to one site visit per Design-Build team prior to the DB RFQ being released in July.
  • The Owner’s Representative will arrange with the lead entity of the Design-Build team only.
  • The Owner’s Representative will coordinate with MSD’s operations staff; but the visit will be led by Owner’s Representative and MSD operations staff will not participate.
  • Design-Build  teams will be limited to 10 people, and may choose who among their team that they want to attend.
  • All safety protocols must be adhered to: Proper PPE must be worn (hard hats, safety glasses, safety vests, steel-toed shoes/boots), masks must be worn, and social distancing must be maintained.
  • Visits will be limited to a 2-hour timeframe per plant.
  • Request must be accompanied by submittal of an “Intent to Propose” form.
  • Again, requests must be made through the Owner’s Representative.
  • Multiple acceptable dates for a site visit should be proposed; so that a mutually agreeable date may be determined.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE MAY 12 2021: Save the Date

MWBE and Workforce Diversity Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

Please hold the date and time above for a virtual meeting for MWBE and Workforce Diversity. More information, along with meeting registration, will follow. This virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for Design Build proposers to be introduced to interested MWBE firms for this project, and facilitate further communication between interested parties.

MSD management will also outline the MWBE certification process; including the two certification authorities it accepts: the State of Missouri and the City of St. Louis. Please note that it can take several weeks for firms to obtain MWBE certification from these sources, so we encourage eligible firms to begin this process as soon as possible, if you are not already certified. Information on these processes can be accessed at the following websites:

Lastly, MSD will announce at this virtual meeting a change to the equipment allowance that will be used to determine MWBE participation goals for the project. Interested Design Build teams, as well as MWBE firms, are highly encouraged to attend this call.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE MAY 4 2021: MWBE Utilization and Workforce Program Guidelines

Please note that the District has recently updated its MWBE Utilization and Workforce Program for Design-Build Construction Projects with State of Missouri Funding. That document along with others that outline draft insurance and bonding requirements and Design-Build procurement requirements can be downloaded on the SMU project website at www.msdprojectclear.org/smudocuments.

We will also shortly be announcing an MWBE and Workforce Outreach Virtual Meeting, so stay tuned for information about how to participate in this event.

Thank you again for your interest in this project, and please feel free to ask questions. All of the above and other information about the project is included on the project website at www.msdprojectclear.org/smu.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE APRIL 6, 2021: To Interested Parties of the Bissell Point and Lemay WWTF Incineration Project:

The District, upon consideration of input received to date from interested parties, has doubled the stipend budget for the project to $2,000,000 from an original amount of $1,000,000; as before, this amount would be divided equally to up to two losing teams from a three-team shortlist. The stipend will be paid out to teams that are fully respondent to the RFP criteria, and would not exceed an amount of $1,000,000 per losing team.

As previously noted, the Design-Build project is currently in preliminary design. An RFQ is also planned for July 2021 for interested design-build teams, with up to three teams being short-listed and asked to submit a proposal in 2022.

 

Interested parties may stay abreast of the latest project details and information by perusing the project website and signing up for email updates at www.msdprojectclear.org/smu. Design-Build Teams desiring a meeting with the District and Owner’s Representative team about this project may contact me at greenb2@bv.com for arrangements.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE MARCH 18, 2021: To Interested Parties of the Bissell Point and Lemay WWTF Incineration Project:

The District desires to pre-qualify incinerator system supplier(s) (ISS) for the construction of a fluidized bed incineration (FBI) system as part of a Design-Build team through a Fixed-Price Design-Build contract at two (2) of its treatment facilities: the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF); and, the Lemay WWTF. Please note that the ISS Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been posted at https://www.stlmsdplanroom.com/ and is available for download.

Overall, the Design-Build project is currently in preliminary design. An RFQ is also planned for July 2021 for interested design-build teams, with up to three teams being short-listed and asked to submit a proposal in 2022.

Interested parties may stay abreast of the latest project details and information by perusing the project website and signing up for email updates at https://msdprojectclear.org/projects/new-construction/smu/. Anyone desiring a meeting with the District and project management about this project may contact me at greenb2@bv.com for arrangements.

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

UPDATE: March 1, 2021: ISS Change from RFP to RFQ

MSD is committed to bring the best quality solution, at the most economical price to serve the St. Louis area. We listened to concerns, market conditions and made an adjustment to foster the greatest opportunity for DB Teams to be innovative to bring the best solution to the ratepayers of MSD. As such, we have decided to modify the Incinerator System Supplier (ISS) Request for Proposal (RFP) and re-structure it as a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Responding suppliers who meet the District’s minimum standards—which will be detailed in the RFQ—will pre-qualify for consideration as the supplier of the incineration equipment in the Design-Build project procurement. 

More information will be coming out soon on this, and the ISS RFQ will be released in March 2021, and will be posted at https://www.stlmsdplanroom.com/.  

Overall, the Design-Build project is currently in preliminary design. An RFQ is also planned for July 2021 for interested design-build teams, with up to three teams being short-listed and asked to submit a proposal in 2022. 

Interested parties wanting to meet (virtually) with the District about this project should contact me via my email address greenb2@bv.com, and I will make the necessary arrangements. Going forward, we will be using the project website (https://msdprojectclear.org/projects/new-construction/smu/) and email updates such as this one for new information, invitations to meetings, and procurement materials as they are available. We will reach several milestones in the procurement process in the coming months, so I encourage you to stay tuned and to request a meeting with the District as noted above.