Written by GBN STAFF
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
GUAM – The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to expand its pool of certified small business contractors to provide design-build services for modernizing and sustaining its 21 air traffic control centers, its radar approach facilities in Puerto Rico and Guam, and its fit-for-purpose next generation modular facilities.
The FAA says that currently only four small businesses with Basic Ordering Agreements are in place and the agency wants to increase that pool. It has set aside approximately $31 million for projects to be fulfilled by small businesses and a bigger contractor pool would set the stage for more competitive bidding.
"The contract structure is a task order-based Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) vehicle," the agency said in an announcement at the FedBizOpps.gov web site. "The FAA anticipates competing at least $31 million or more for small businesses."
While the agency is not soliciting proposals yet, it does require interested businesses to respond with their qualifications by 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sept 29, according to presolicitation notice number 11026. Companies must be certified by the Small Business Administration and be registered in the Central Contractor Registration database.
The contractor pool selected for the multi-year BOA's will compete for task orders to execute projects under the FAA's Capital Investment Program, National Airspace System and NextGEN Modular Facilities program.
Through its Capital Investment Program, the FAA aims to "complete existing modernization projects by 2022 and to maintain existing structures at a functionally-acceptable condition level," the FAA said. "Current major projects include renovations which focus on maintenance backlog reductions, mitigation of risks to operations which are facility-based, abatement and rehabilitation of administrative offices and training/classroom facilities, and critical infrastructure backlog projects which include roofing, plumbing, electrical distribution HVAC systems, and life safety issues."
The NextGEN program, which was established in September 2010, will incorporate new technologies into air traffic management facility design in the form of fit-for-purpose facilities.
Projects awarded under the BOA's may include design-build services for new and existing FAA facilities, strategic facilities planning, cost estimating, construction support, hazardous materials abatement and related services.
"The maximum guaranteed quantity for each BOA is a potential amount of at least $31 million unless the ceiling is raised at a later date," the FAA said. There will be no guaranteed minimum quantity for each BOA award, and the FAA would not say how many BOA's may be awarded.
More information is available here.
GuamBuildupNews.com regularly presents Department of Defense and other Federal Government contracting awards and opportunities that can be performed by companies from Guam or that require at least some of the work to be performed in Guam. This coverage is a service to the Guam business community and the worldwide federal contractor community to encourage teaming between prime contractors and qualified subcontractors, vendors and suppliers to compete more effectively for projects.
Image used in this article courtesy U.S. Air Force. Photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths.
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