Orange seeks engineering firm for innovative new stormwater system

Orange County is seeking a civil engineering firm to shoulder the full cost to design, install and monitor an innovative new stormwater harvesting system on county land, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued Thursday.

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of a stormwater harvesting and exfiltration system at reducing stormwater runoff from the site, decreasing potable water usage by jetter and spray trucks, and increasing groundwater recharge. 

The consultant engineering firm will design and install the underground system near Building 6 at the Orange County Public Works facility. Monitoring will then be done for one year using intelligent controls to actively manage the stormwater harvesting system. 

The system must be designed to reduce stormwater leaving the site by 80 percent or more, reduce potable water use by spray and jetter trucks by more than 60,000 gallons per year, and increase groundwater recharge by more than 40,000 gallons per year. 

This project will be carried out at no cost to the county, with all costs for design, installation and maintenance shouldered by the engineering firm, per the RFP. The consultant stands to benefit by being provided space on county property to install the system, access to the site, and ability to use the project for its own educational and marketing purposes to prospective clients. 

Weighted criteria in the evaluation process will favor similar projects completed by the proposed project manager, and an applicant's approach, understanding and scope response. 

For the purposes of this RFP, "similar projects" has been defined as the design and construction of a stormwater harvesting system with real-time controls that was done in the past 10 years. 

All participating firms must be currently certified by Orange County, and only firms with established offices in the Metro Orlando area are eligible for such certification.

Applications are due Oct. 10 by 2 p.m. Full documents for RFP no. Y18-801-EB can be found at the county's Procurement Division webpage. 

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