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Orange County Public Schools invites bids for building plan review contractors

Orange County Public Schools is seeking private bidders to help the school system review new construction plans for compliance with Florida's building codes.

In an Invitation to Bid (ITB) published this week, the school system details its need for service providers to review plans for compliance with state building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and energy codes, and compliance with state requirements for educational facilities.

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This type of contract typically attracts civil engineering firms, though OCPS' bid documents don't list favored professions. The plan examinations include initial and subsequent reviews leading up to permit issuance.

"OCPS, through its Building Code Compliance Office (BCCO), is seeking to guarantee continuity of Plan Review services during periods of high demand in order to support the district's sizable construction program. This will augment existing capacity," said Roberto Pacheco, senior director of procurement services.

The bid is for a three-year contract, during which bidders will guarantee fixed pricing on items specified in the bid. The school board will have the right to renew any of the prices or terms for up to two additional one-year periods if the district and the contractor agree.

OCPS has an existing contract with Universal Engineering Services, Inc., effective until May 26, 2017, with an option to renew.

Bids will be awarded based on the lowest, responsive and responsible bidder, with consideration given for quality of service, conformity with specifications, suitability to school needs, delivery terms, financial ability and qualifications of the submitting firm, as well as experience, reputation and integrity.

The school board also reserves to right to award the contracts to more than one vendor for the same or similar products or services.

Qualified bidders must be licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in their respective disciplines. The successful firm or firms must carry professional liability insurance covering their employees or subcontractors for no less than $1 million. They must also be knowledgeable of state and federal laws regarding their professional areas of expertise.

More details are available for bid no. ITB1611252 at the OCPS Procurement Services website.

Bids will be accepted on or before Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., and should be mailed or delivered to Orange County Public Schools Facilities and Construction Contracting, Attn: Ed Ames.

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