Tampa Bay Water Board Will Ask 4 Firms to Submit Proposals on Reservoir Fix

Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors has approved four design-build firms to move to the next phase in the process to secure a permanent fix for C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir. The approved firms are:

  • Granite Construction Company
  • Kiewit Infrastructure South
  • MWH Constructors
  • Skanska USA Civil Southeast

All four firms have local offices in the Tampa Bay community.

Tampa Bay Water received five Statements of Qualifications from design-build entities interested in designing, building, monitoring and maintaining the reservoir renovation. The short-list of firms was determined after qualifications submittals were screened and thoroughly evaluated by a selection committee using pre-established criteria.

The short-listed teams will be invited to respond to Tampa Bay Water’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for the reservoir renovation, which will be issued in November. The RFP will request a base proposal to renovate the facility as well as an alternate proposal for additional storage capacity within the existing reservoir footprint. Proposals are due to Tampa Bay Water in March 2011.

Requesting an alternate proposal for additional storage preserves the opportunity to investigate the price of more storage, so that Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors will have an understanding of the cost and benefits of that option and can make an informed decision.

The RFP is not a low-bid procurement, but rather a “best value” approach to securing the best long-term fix at the right prices. Once proposals are received, they will be evaluated and scored on technical criteria as well as long-term cost. The technical portion of the proposals will comprise 60 percent of the evaluation and cost will comprise 40 percent.

Tampa Bay Water’s selection committee is scheduled to propose a ranking of proposals received for board consideration in June 2011.

Tampa Bay Water began the process for a long-term fix after larger-than-normal cracking appeared in the facility’s interior, erosion control lining. A fix is needed for the 15.5 billion gallon storage facility to operate as intended for the long-term.