The City of Cleveland is seeking a Letter of Interest from professional consulting landscape architecture, and/or architecture, and/or engineering firms that have demonstrated ability in preparing Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant applications (formerly the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The City of Cleveland’s recent Downtown Revitalization Plan process includes a road diet and streetscaping along its Inman Street Corridor and an associated extension of its Greenway system into the downtown. Through the BUILD grant, the City is seeking funding for the completion of the NEPA Phase, the Design Phase, R.O.W. Phase, Utility Relocation, and Construction Phases for these Inman Street and Greenway improvements. This solicitation of Letters of Interest is for the completion of a competitive BUILD grant application on the City’s behalf.
The highly competitive BUILD or 2019 FHWA Equivalent grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. The FHWA Grant 2019 application requires the development of a Benefit-Cost Analysis.
All firms must be pre-qualified or have a completed pre-qualification form filed with the Tennessee department of Transportation by the deadline for letters of interest.
It is intended that the City of Cleveland and the firm would enter a project specific contract for the BUILD grant application. The intended procurement method is through competitive negotiation and a lump sum contract would be entered for the funding application. Contingent upon the award of funding, a subsequent solicitation for professional services would occur for the project phases described below.
The factors that will be considered in evaluation of proposals are:
1. Ability and relevant expertise of the firm’s personnel to be used in performing the service.
2. Demonstrated ability to formulate a Benefit-Cost Analysis
3. Past experience in writing BUILD/TIGER specific and/or equivalent grant applications
4. Qualifications and availability of staff
5. Demonstrated ability to meet schedules without compromising quality
The Letter of Interest should be limited to no more than 15 pages and should include the following qualifications information:
1) Introductory cover letter
2) Resumes of key personnel expected to be involved in the project
3) Past experience in writing and preparing BUILD/TIGER Grant Applications
The consultant professional services that are being selected under this invitation are the following:
1) 2019 BUILD grant funding application preparation and submittal prior to July 15, 2019 deadline
2) Assess and perform work for anticipated NEPA that is feasible prior to BUILD grant application
If the BUILD grant is awarded, then a solicitation for the following professional services would occur:
3) Remaining NEPA Phase Services
4) Design Phase Services
5) Right-of-Way Phase Services
6) Utility Relocation Phase Services
7) Construction Phase - Construction, Engineering and Inspection Services (CEI).
The City of Cleveland hereby notifies all firms that disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit proposals in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability. No Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal has been set for this project. However, the use of DBE or minority/women owned firms is encouraged.
The City of Cleveland is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, drug-free with policies of non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service. Specific questions should be directed to Jonathan Jobe at 423-479-1913 firstname.lastname@example.org , or Greg Thomas at 423-472-4551, email@example.com .
Interested firms should submit (1) hard copy Letter of Interest to: Mr. Joe Fivas, City Manager, City of Cleveland, by 10:00 a.m. ET on May 9, 2019. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1519, Cleveland, TN 37364-1519 and the physical address is 190 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. Interested firms should also submit (1) electronic copy of the Letter of Interest to Jonathan Jobe firstname.lastname@example.org , and Greg Thomas, email@example.com by 10:00 a.m. ET on May 9, 2019. Interested firms should be available for interviews if contacted by the City’s reviewers to schedule an interview. Interviews will be scheduled from the time of submittal until 5:00 p.m. ET on May 10, 2019.