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Army Corps to Issue Final RFP for $1.7B MO Job

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to issue its final request for proposals for a $1.7 billion project in the city of St. Louis.

The project—the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new headquarters—was announced about two years ago, and since then, the first of a two-phase bidding process was completed, leaving three contenders for this next phase.

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The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to issue its final request for proposals for a $1.7 billion project in the city of St. Louis.

The RFP is slated to be issued this month and finalists will have until July to submit detailed, technical proposals for the 97-acre campus.

Finalsts, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch include:

  • A joint venture of Washington, Missouri-based Clark Construction Group and Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction, with St. Louis architecture firm HOK as lead designer;
  • A joint venture of Rock Hill, Missouri-based McCarthy Building Companies and Washington-based HITT contracting, along with Kansas City-based engineering firm Black & Veatch and out-of-towners engineering and construction firm Fluor (Dallas) and architecture firm Gensler (San Francisco); and
  • A joint venture of Overland, Missouri-based Alberici Constructors and Minneapolis-based Mortenson, plus St. Louis-based Corrigan Company and Civil Design.

Going the two-phase route for bidding has allowed for the process to be highly competitive, according to Army Corps contracting officer Dave Walsh, and teams are well aware of how much needs to go into a job this size.

“This is the largest federal investment in the history of St. Louis in terms of dollars,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of operations at McCarthy, who is heading the firm’s NGA bid. “A project like this doesn’t come along very often.”

The set-up for competition worked, because each team has a unique advantage, according to the Post-Dispatch.

The McCarthy-HITT partnership, for example, is the only team with a hyper local lead (Rock Hill is a city in St. Louis County), and McCarthy has successfully led other large federally funded projects similar to this magnitude.

The Mortenson-Alberici team also has local ties and have hit the ground running in meetings with local subcontractors, saying they’ve already held 10 connect events.

“Obtaining the specialized workforce for this project is a primary focus for us,” the companies said in a statement. “Mortenson-Alberici will work closely with the U.S. government to properly design and schedule all work activities to minimize large peaks in the onsite labor force. The goal is to build the onsite workforce in a steady, controlled manner.”

Finally, the Clark-JE Dunn duo already has a tie-in with the NGA as Clark Construction led the venture that built the organization’s eastern headquarters in Virginia, which opened in 2011.

Before a contractor is chosen, the city of St. Louis needs to finish preparing the land, which is slated to be completed in November. The team won’t pick a contractor, though, until spring 2019.


Tagged categories: Bidding; Good Technical Practice; Government contracts; North America

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