Memorandum of Negotiations

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Date Prepared: July 28, 1994

Consultant: DEB Architects

Contract No.: A30678C

Project Title: Final Design Services for the Central Control Facility

Project Description: Provide final architectural/engineering design services and design support services during construction of the Central Control Facility in accordance with METRO's Scope of Services.

Contract Value:

Lump Sum (L.S.) Facility Design

$484,023

L.S. Furnishings

$ 22,452

Total L.S. Final Design

$506,475

Design Support Services (NTE)

$115,000

Total NTE

$621,475

CAR Amount: $490,000 (Order of Magnitude)

Source of Funds: 50% Federal/50% METRO

Contract Type: Firm Fixed Lump Sum Price (FFLSP) for final architectural/engineering design services, with Firm Fixed Unit Prices (FFUP) for design support services during construction, for a total Contract Not-to-exceed (NTE) Price.

Performance Period: The final architectural/engineering design schedule is for a total of one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the Notice-to-proceed, not counting METRO review time. Design support services during construction will begin upon receipt of another separate Notice-to-proceed and continue throughout construction, as required by the METRO Project Manager.

Insurance: See Proposed Contract Article 23, "Consultant's Insurance".

DBE Participation: The Request for Proposal (RFP) specified 21% in accordance with the Contract Acquisition Request (CAR). Consultant currently intends to utilize D.E.F. Associates, Inc. (BF) for structural design, at 9.63% of the total estimated not-to-exceed price; TAB Engineering Company (AM) for civil engineering and survey, at 9.34%; and CDE Associates, Inc. (CF) for landscaping, at 2.92%; for a total of 21.89% of the total estimated not-to-exceed price for DBE participation.

Selection Process and Criteria: A-E Qualifications. See Summary of Procurement dated for information regarding Consultant selection.

Authorization: The authorization for this Contract is Contract Acquisition Request (CAR) AG2141R93172 and METRO Board Authorization 92-90, dated June 25, 1993, which authorizes design of the Central Control Facility. Preliminary architectural/engineering design for this project was accomplished under Contract No. A30132C. The authorization for that Contract was CAR AL0213P92101 and the METRO Board Authorization referenced above.

Cost/Price Analysis-Negotiation Results:

Subsequent to the Board Action described above and receipt of a CAR and Scope of Services for final architectural/engineering design of this project on June 18, 1993, Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 93A390P for these services was prepared and transmitted to the Consultant on June 29, 1993, with a due date of July 12, 1993. The Consultant's initial proposal (attached) was received on July 15, 1993. The proposal was for a firm lump sum of $629,151 (10,299 man-hours) for facility design and $22,484 (438 man-hours) for furnishings design, for a total firm lump sum of $651,635 (10,737 man-hours) for final design, and apparently did not address itself to design support services during construction (See Attachment "A" for a Summary of this Proposal, as well as Attachment "A.1" for a Detailed Summary of the Consultant's Proposal).

Prior to being furnished the Consultant's initial proposal for final architectural/engineering design, the Project Manager furnished Contracts a project management man-hour estimate. The Project Manager's man-hour estimate (attached) was received on August 2, 1993. The Project Manager's (and resident staff specialists') estimate was for a firm lump sum of $683,514 (12,896 man-hours) for facility design and $22,640 (424 man-hours) for furnishings design, for a total firm lump sum of $706,154 (13,320 man-hours) for final design, with a Not-to-Exceed (NTE) total of $45,000 (800 man-hours) for design support services during construction, for a total NTE of $751,154 (14,120 man-hours) (See Attachment "B" for a Summary of this Project Manager's Estimate, as well as Attachment "B.1" for a Detailed Summary of the Project Manager's Estimate). Upon receipt of the proposal, a METRO prenegotiation position of NTE $635,000.00 was developed (See Attachment B.2).

Upon review, the Consultant's proposal for furnishings design was accepted as submitted, subject to audit disallowances, inasmuch as it conformed so closely to the Project Manager's Estimate. However, there was some concern that some of the Consultant's subconsultants had not included all required services in their respective proposals for facility design (See Attachment "C" for a Summary Comparison of the Consultant's initial proposal for facility design with the Project Manager's estimate for facility design) and there was also the question of design support services during construction, which had not been specifically addressed in the Consultant's proposal, but which appeared to be included in certain subconsultant proposals. It was decided that a Scoping meeting should be held to discuss the Consultant's proposal for facility design. The Scoping meeting was held in the AGM for Capital and Long Range Planning's Conference Room on the 21st floor at 1201 Louisiana on Thursday, August 5, 1993, at 10:00 a.m., with the following participants in attendance:

(Full Time)

ABC

METRO

R. Case

Ed Fanning
Jim Schmid

(Part Time)

TVC

 

Petula Clark
S. Caminski

Michael Williams


D.I.Y.

 

D. Morry

David Lentz


TSC

 

Tony Change
Roy Canoe

Hameed Merchant


TSY

 

Swimming Pool

Joe Misrahi
Sol Abdulla

At this meeting, all of the participants were advised that METRO intended to alter the Scope of Services to provide for drawings at 20th scale in lieu of 40th scale, so that the half sized drawings required for the project would be readable. All of the participants agreed that this would not be a problem, inasmuch as all drawings were being produced on CADD. At this meeting, Project Management satisfied itself that all major participants in the project, with the possible exception of the Civil/Traffic subconsultant, had properly estimated their work scopes (It was suggested that the Civil/Traffic subconsultant reduce their survey time and increase their traffic design time slightly and the need for some additional geotechnical borings were suggested to the Prime Architect and Civil/Traffic subconsultant). However, it was also determined that the Prime Architect, Structural subconsultant, and Landscaping subconsultant (as per their proposal), had included design support services during construction into their proposals for design of the facility. They were advised that the RFP had requested a separate NTE proposal for such services to be performed on an "as required" time and material basis, and were requested to submit such an NTE Proposal and reduce their design proposals accordingly. While ABC and XYZ had not included any such Design Support Services monies or time in their original proposals, ABC was asked to review and revise their proposal to reflect the revisions referenced above, and XYZ was advised that, because of the risks associated with a lump sum proposal, they were entitled to a profit factor of 10%, in lieu of the 5% factor they initially proposed. ABC and XYZ had been limited to a 5% profit factor in the original Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) Contract for Preliminary Engineering, in light of their limited risk in the project, and XYZ had assumed that METRO simply would not accept a higher factor under any circumstances. DEB was also advised that their method of applying a 10% profit factor to their subconsultants, as well as themselves, constituted fee on top of fee, and as such was unacceptable to METRO. They were advised that METRO would, however, consider the addition of a reasonable number of appropriate man-hours for contract administration as an acceptable substitution for computation of fee in this fashion, and Morris agreed to restructure their Proposal accordingly. DEB ultimately agreed to revise and resubmit their entire proposal in accordance with the understandings reached at this meeting.

Their revised proposal for facility design and design support services during construction (attached) was received on August 11, 1993. This revised proposal was for a firm lump sum of $500,129 (8,736 man-hours) for facility design, with an NTE total of $150,304 (2,944 man-hours) for design support services during construction (See Attachment "D" for a Summary of the Consultant's revised proposal for facility design as well as Attachment "E" for a Summary Comparison of their initial proposal for facility design with their revised proposal for facility design; and Attachment "F" for a Summary of their NTE proposal for design support services during construction as well as Attachment "G" for a Summary Comparison of their NTE proposal for design support services during construction with the Project Manager's NTE estimate, as alluded to above).

Upon review, the Consultant's revised proposal for facility design was accepted as submitted, subject to audit disallowances, but the design support services NTE and man-hours were still significantly more than that originally estimated by the Project Manager. The Project Manager reevaluated design support service requirements for the project, and came up with a revised estimate (attached) NTE $113,043 (1,708 man-hours); this figure was adopted as a negotiation position for such services; and DEB was advised of this position.

DEB's acceptable revised man-hour proposal for facility design was then subjected to METRO Audit and Contract Administrator disallowances. While no audits were requested for this particular procurement, the major participants, DEB, XYZ & Associates and ABC Engineering had already recently been audited by METRO in conjunction with the preliminary engineering contract referenced above, and those audit reports (attached) were utilized for computation of these disallowances. DEB's initial proposal had contained a 145% overhead factor, in lieu of their METRO audited overhead of 140.89%, and this had been questioned by Mr. Schmid during the Scoping Meeting referenced above. Mr. Case had replied that he had essentially employed it as a salary escalator, and inasmuch as its employment here rather than at the direct salary level would certainly net much less of an actual increase, this matter was not pursued further. However, other disallowances netted reductions in DEB's proposal and that of their Civil/Traffic subconsultant, XYZ, as well their Accessibility Consultant's computation of profit, for a total reduction of $20,141, or 4.03%, from the Consultant's revised proposal of $500,129, for a negotiation position of $479,988 for facility design (See Attachment "H" for a Summary of the Consultant's revised proposal for facility design, less Audit and Contract Administrator disallowances as well as Attachment "I" for a Summary Comparison of their revised proposal for facility design with their revised proposal with Audit and Contract Administrator disallowance applied.

DEB's original man-hour proposal for furnishings design was also subjected to METRO Audit and Contract Administrator disallowances, for a reduction of $108, or 8.08%, from the Consultant's initial proposal of $22,484, for a negotiation position of $22,276 for furnishings design (See Attachment "I.1").

A negotiation meeting was held with DEB in the Real Estate Conference Room on the 19th floor at 1201 Louisiana on Monday, August 23, 1993, at 11:00 a.m., with the following participants in attendance:

DEB

METRO

_____

Ed Fanning

Jim Schmid

At that meeting, DEB furnished a revised proposal NTE $115,000 for design support services during construction, and this was accepted as submitted, inasmuch as it conformed closely to the Project Manager's revised estimate of $113,043, as alluded to above.

DEB accepted the majority of METRO's Audit disallowances with regard to their revised proposal for facility design and furnishings design, with the exception of METRO's actual direct rate computation for DEB's principals. Mr. advised that DEB's principals had had their pay rates restored to their 1992 rates (the principals had taken a voluntary pay cut effective January 1, 1993) subsequent to the audits referenced above, and therefore METRO's computations in that regard were incorrect. Mr. Schmid recomputed disallowances using the principals' original direct rates, and METRO and DEB ultimately agreed to the resultant reductions in their proposal, as well as that applied to the two (2) subconsultants under facility design. The resultant firm lump sum for facility design was $484,023, a reduction of $16,106, or 3.22%, from the Consultant's revised proposal of $500,129 (See Attachment "K" , for a Summary of the Consultant's final proposal for facility design, as ultimately negotiated, as well as Attachment "K" for a Summary Comparison of their revised proposal for facility design with their final proposal, as ultimately negotiated). The resultant firm lump sum for furnishings design was $22,452, a reduction of $32, or .14%, from the Consultant's original furnishings design proposal (See Attachment "K.1").

The only items that remained to be negotiated were the rates for design support services during construction, inasmuch as Morris had not included any such proposed rates in their proposal(s). Mr. Schmid furnished Mr. a "Proposed Contract Attachment "B", based upon DEB's and ABC's audited rates, as well as existing design support service rates for the remaining participants, and Mr. accepted these, with the exception of the rate for DEB's Principals, which were revised to take the aforementioned salary reinstatements into consideration.

Contract Articles (Terms and Conditions): The Consultant took no exception to the Contract Articles, and therefore the Proposed Contract Terms contained in the RFP have been incorporated into the Contract verbatim.

Summary and Recommendations: Based on cost/price analysis and negotiations, as called out in the Memorandum of Negotiations, the firm lump sum prices of $484,023 for facility design and $22,452 for furnishings design, for a total firm lump sum of $506,475 for all final architectural-engineering design services; and an NTE of $115,000 for design support services during Construction, for an overall Not-to-exceed price of $621,475 for this proposed Contract are considered fair and reasonable.

Approval of this Contract with DEB Architects for the total lump sum price of $506,475 for final design and an overall amount Not-to-exceed $621,475 is therefore recommended.

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Contracts Administrator
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Project Manager
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Division Director
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Affirmative Action
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Manager of Contracts
 


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