NASA Solicitation: Request for Information Pertaining to the Crew Exploration Vehicle and Integration Laboratory

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2008

Synopsis - Jan 25, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNJ08ZBJ001L
Posted Date: Jan 25, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 25, 2008
Original Response Date: Feb 04, 2008
Current Response Date: Feb 04, 2008
Classification Code: Y -- Construction of structures and facilities
NAICS Code: 236220 - Commercial and Institutional Building Construction

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BJ


This is a Sources Sought Synopsis only.

NASA/JSC is hereby soliciting capabilities information from certified 8(a), HUBZone, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) concerns within a five state region consisting of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas for the construction of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Avionics and Integration Laboratory (CAIL) at JSC.

The purpose of this request is to determine the appropriate level of competition in accordance with FAR 19.10 Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program. Information received will be used to make a determination regarding the use of full and open competition or to set aside the procurement as an 8(a), HUBZone, or SDVOSB set-aside. It is the potential offeror's responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

It is anticipated the NASA/JSC will issue a solicitation for a General Construction contract for the renovation of Building 29 for CAIL. The NAICS code for the project is 236220 with a small business size standard of $31 million. This NAICS code ties directly with FAR 19 of the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program, under the title of Commercial and Institutional Building Construction. The magnitude of the project is more that $10,000,000 as set forth in FAR 36.204 Disclosure of the Magnitude of Construction Projects.

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service.

The project will refurbish and rehabilitate the existing Building 29 which currently houses the BioPlex and various other small labs. When completed, the CAIL will be 59,000 square feet of administrative, laboratory, support facilities and work areas. The CAIL will be the test facility where avionics, other flight hardware (or simulations of hardware), flight software, flight procedures, and ground support equipment are brought together for integrated verification testing of CEV Avionics. This testing encompasses avionic subsystems of the CEV operation in a real time environment. The facility refurbishment will renovate the entire facility by gutting the entire interior of most walls, all ceilings, floor finishes, the training pool, the BioPlex modules, crane systems, mechanical systems, fire protection systems, security systems, electrical systems and plumbing systems as well as the rotunda roof. The demolition will involve some asbestos removal as well as removal and working with lead contaminated paint on existing areas of the facility. The renovation will include new walls, floor finishes, ceilings, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, fire protection systems, security systems, electrical systems and a rotunda roof with new structural floor systems to provide additional space required by the CAIL. The refurbishment may be required to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation for refurbishment work as established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Certified 8(a), HUBZone and SDVOSB General Construction Companies capable of performing as prime contractors that meet the requirements of this synopsis are asked to submit capability statements in no more than seven (7) pages. Material submitted shall not contain binding of any kind or be submitted in hard or soft folders. Capability statements must include the following information:

  • Name and address of firm
  • Size of business
  • Average annual revenue for past 3 years
  • Number of employees
  • Ownership
  • Indicate company status as either Certified 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB
  • Number of years in business
  • Affiliate information: parent company, joint venture partners, potential teaming partners, etc...
  • CAGE Code (if available)

In addition, capability statements must address the following:

1) Capability statements should identify past projects with proven General Construction experience within the last five (5) years with emphasis on work performed on a Federal installation and include three (3) references. These references must highlight relevant work performed, contract numbers, contract type, dollar value of each procurement, a point of contact - address and phone numbers.

2) Ability to meet the 15% requirement of work to be performed by the prime contractor, not including the cost of materials, with its own employees as set forth in FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting. Provide examples of three (3) past projects with emphasis on work performed on a Federal installation where the potential offeror has performed 15% or greater of the effort for similar projects with a magnitude of more than $10,000,000. The provided examples are to indicate that the potential offeror is capable of performing the primary and vital functions of the contract in accordance with the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule, 13 C.F.R. 121.103(h)(4)(2005). NOTE: Projects that satisfy the requirements of both items 1 and 2 of the synopsis only need to be submitted once.

3) Identify any OSHA violations within the last 3 years, specifically injury or death related. Also provide disposition of any OSHA violations. If no violations have occurred, please so state;

4) Ability to meet Bonding Capacity of 100 percent of the contract price as per FAR 52.228-15. Capability statement must demonstrate bonding capacity for the magnitude of the project which is more than $10,000,000.

5) Experience with new construction, partial or total renovations, or major refurbishment of a facility similar in size and scope in a work environment with special access requirements, and "restricted" periods of time when work can be performed;

6) Experience involving a broad range of skills, including, but not limited to site work, paving, utilities, structures, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, finishes, furnishing/outfitting, carpentry;

7) Experience in managing and coordinating subcontractors to perform electrical, mechanical, civil, structural, and other specialty type work required to complete contractual requirements of projects. This should include qualified project managers and superintendents familiar with construction.

8) Experience in construction of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects. Companies should include samples of any involvement on projects that required energy efficient general construction practices that would meet the U. S. Green Building Council LEED certification requirements and NASA requirements for sustainable building design as mandated by NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 8820.3. This directive requires incorporation of sustainable design principles to the maximum extent possible to reduce life-cycle costs, implement pollution-prevention principles, and maximize facility impacts on natural resources while maximizing occupant health, safety, and productivity. LEED is the primary implementation methodology to facilitate this initiative at JSC.

The lack of experience with LEED does not exclude companies from reponding to this sources sought. NASA/JSC is interested in responses from companies that are willing to invest and develop their expertise in LEED capability.

9) Knowledge of and experience with Government construction regulations and OSHA safety standards (Government Safety and Health Plans);

10) Experience in developing safety and health plans including the ability to comply with the JSC Total Safety and Health Handbook located at . It is the potential offerors responsibility to review the entire content of the JSC Safety and Health requirements. The following general information is offered to provide an idea of the JSC Safety and Health requirements. Potential offerors should understand that if selected for award of a JSC contract, they will be responsible for performing tasks to ensure the protection of personnel, property, equipment, and the environment in contractor products and activities generated in support of institutional and space flight program objectives. In addition, to ensure compliance with pertinent NASA policies and requirements and federal, state, and local regulations for safety, health, environmental protection, and fire protection, the contractor will be required to develop and implement a safety and health program in accordance with a NASA-approved safety and health plan. The contractor will implement system safety engineering tasks for flight and institutional program activities and products in accordance with the schedule and applicable flight and institutional requirements as documented in the contractor's System Safety Program Plans (SSPPs) which must be approved by NASA. The contractor shall develop and implement risk management techniques (including risk assessment) to be applied to hazards derived from analyses of activities and products for the purpose of eliminating or controlling hazards as specified in NASA policies and requirements for hazard reduction. The JSC Safety and Health Handbook provides detailed requirements and instructions regarding safety and health procedures and policies at JSC and is incorporated by reference into all JSC contracts when performance is on site at a JSC facility.

RESPONSES DUE: Interested parties having the capabilities necessary to meet or exceed the stated requirements are invited to submit appropriate documentation and references as requested.

All responses shall be submitted to Karen D. Kelldorf no later than 10:00 a.m. Central Time on February 4, 2008. Responses may be e-mailed to the contracting officer at Please reference NNJ08ZBJ001L in any response. Mailing address is:

NASA Johnson Space Center, Attn: Karen D. Kelldorf, Mail Code BJ3, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas 77058

This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation. The Government reserves the right to consider a 8(a), HUBZone, or SDVOSB set-aside based on responses hereto. All 8(a), HUBZone or SDVOSB owned firms will need to be certified at the time of proposal submission if the procurement is set-aside.

Any questions regarding this announcement should be directed to the identified point of contact. Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Frances B. Davidson
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-4176
Fax: 281-483-9741

Name: Karen D. Kelldorf
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-483-1863
Fax: 281-483-9741

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