DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES MANAGEMENT UNIT
REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST
THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DESIRES TO ENGAGE
QUALIFIED PRIVATE CONSULTING FIRMS FOR HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL AND
LANDSCAPE ANALYSES SERVICES FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS STATEWIDE ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS.
The primary and/or subconsultant firm(s) shall be Pre-qualified to perform services for the Project Development and Environmental Analysis Branch (Human Environment Unit/Historic Architectural Surveys of Standing Structures(Buildings & Bridges)) to perform the below referenced work.
Such studies would include
(a) conducting reconnaissance and intensive-level architectural and
landscape field surveys,
(b) identifying, analyzing and evaluating historic properties,
(c) preparing historic contexts and biographical sketches,
(d) completing evaluations of National Register eligibility, and
(e) recommending carefully delineated and justified National Register boundaries.
All investigations would comply with the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, other state and federal regulations, and NCDOT’s current Guidelines for Survey Reports for Historic Architectural Resources.
The method of payment will be on a lump sum basis. The work will be performed on various
projects throughout the State and will be identified on an as needed basis; the same degree of
assistance will not be required on all projects.
Any firm wishing to be considered must be properly registered with the Office of the
Secretary of State. The firm must have the financial ability to undertake the work and assume the liability. The selected firm will be required to furnish proof of Professional Liability insurance
coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000. The firm must have an adequate accounting
system to identify costs chargeable to the project.
SMALL PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRM (SPSF) PARTICIPATION
The Department encourages the use of Small Professional Services Firms (SPSF). Small
businesses determined to be eligible for participation in the SPSF program are those meeting size standards defined by Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations, 13 CFR Part 121 in Sector 54 under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). The SPSF program is a race, ethnicity, and gender neutral program designed to increase the availability of contracting opportunities for small businesses on federal, state or locally funded contracts. SPSF participation is not contingent upon the funding source.
The Firm, at the time the Letter of Interest is submitted, shall submit a listing of all known
SPSF firms that will participate in the performance of the identified work. The participation
shall be submitted on the Department’s Subconsultant Form RS-2. RS-2 forms may be
accessed on the website at https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/quickfind/forms/Default.aspx.
The SPSF must be qualified with the Department to perform the work for which they are
Real-time information about firms doing business with the Department and firms that are SPSF
certified through the Contractual Services Unit is available in the Directory of Transportation Firms.
The Directory can be accessed by the link on the Department’s homepage or by entering
https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/vendor/directory/ in the address bar of your web browser.
The listing of an individual firm in the Department’s directory shall not be construed as an
endorsement of the firm.
The Department maintains a file on each qualified firm that has expressed an interest in
providing professional services. Included in this file are a company brochure and Form
PREQUAL-1 listing personnel and their qualifications for performing desired work,
company’s present activities and financial qualifications. At the time this initial information is
submitted, a sample of recent work is needed for evaluation.
If your firm has submitted or updated this data since July 1, 2010, please advise when the
new data packet(s) were sent to the Department in the Cover/Introductory Letter with your
letter of interest. Having this data on file with the Department eliminates the need to
resubmit this data with each letter of interest.
If your firm has not submitted or updated this data since July 1, 2010, please submit the new data to the Department prior to submittal of your letter of interest. An application may be accessed at https://apps03.dot.state.nc.us/vendor/prequal or a hard/paper copy may be obtained from the Technical Services Division (Contractual Services Unit). Having this data on file with the Department eliminates the need to resubmit this data with each letter of interest.
Even though specific DBE goals are not established for this project, the Department of
Transportation is committed to its 2010 annual aspirational goal for Disadvantaged Business
Enterprises (DBE) participation of 13.4% in federally funded projects, and to annual aspirational
goals for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) of 8.1% and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE) participation of 8.0% on State funded projects. providing opportunity for these firms. The Firm, subconsultant, and subfirm shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, disability or sex in the performance of this contract.
All qualified firms who submit responsive letters of interest will be considered.
The evaluation of firms submitting letters of interest for this project will be based on the
following considerations and their respective weights:
1. The evaluation of performance on any previous contracts with the North Carolina
Department of Transportation; 50%
2. The firm’s experience and staff to perform the type of work required, including any
designated subconsultants; 50%
North Carolina firms qualified to do the required work will be given priority consideration. A
North Carolina firm is a firm that maintains an office in North Carolina staffed with an adequate
number of employees judged by the Department to be capable of performing a majority of the work required. After reviewing qualifications, if firms are equal on the evaluation review, then those qualified firms with proposed SPSF participation will be given priority consideration.
FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION OF A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES MANAGEMENT UNIT LETTER OF INTEREST
All letters of interest are limited to fifteen (15) pages (RS-2 forms are not included in the
page count) inclusive of the cover sheet, and shall be typed on 8 1/2” x 11” sheets, single spaced, one sided. ONLY ELECTRONIC LETTERS OF INTEREST WILL BE ACCEPTED. Letters of interest containing more than fifteen (15) pages will not be considered.
Letters of Interest should be submitted in .pdf format using software such as Adobe,
CutePDF, PDF Writer, Docudesk, deskPDF, etc. One copy of the Letter of Interest should be sent (via NCDOT’s FTS system) to the following e-mail address as a .pdf file: email@example.com. The FTS system will send you an electronic receipt when your LOI is downloaded to PSMU’s server. Paper copies are not required. The subject line should contain the PEF’s Name, and “LOI for 2011 Historic Architectural and Landscape Analyses LSA”.
If an interested firm does not have an FTS account they should send a request through email
to firstname.lastname@example.org . A response will be sent via the FTS system that will provide a login
username, password, and login procedures.
Section I - Cover/Introductory Letter
The introductory letter should be addressed to Mr. Scott D. Blevins, P.E., Manager of the
Professional Services Management Unit. Said letter is limited to two (2) pages and should contain the following elements of information:
•?Expression of firm’s interest in the work;
•?Statement of whether firm is on register;
•?Date of most recent private engineering firm qualification;
•?Statement regarding firms possible conflict of interest for the work; and
•?Summation of information contained in the letter of interest.
Section II - Evaluation Factors
This section is limited to five (5) pages and should contain information regarding evaluation
and other factors listed in the advertisement such as:
•?Identify project personnel qualifications and experience as related to this work;
•?Unique qualifications of key team members;
•?Identify type and location of similar work performed within last seven (7) years;
•?Understanding of project approach; and
•?Any innovative approaches to be used.
Note: If a project team encounters personnel changes, or any other changes of
significance dealing with the company, NCDOT should be notified immediately.
Section III - Supportive Information
This section is limited to eight (8) pages and should contain the following information:
•?Capacity Chart/Graph (available work force);
•?Organizational chart indicating personnel to be assigned by discipline;
•?Resumes of key personnel;
•?Names, classifications, and location of the firm’s North Carolina employees and
resources to be assigned to the advertised work; and
CONSULTANT CERTIFICATION Form RS-2
Completed Form RS-2 forms SHALL be submitted with the firm’s letter of interest.
This section is limited to the number of pages required to provide the requested information.
Submit Form RS-2 forms for the following:
•?Prime Consultant firm (Prime Consultant Form RS-2 Rev 1/14/08), and;
•?ANY/ALL subconsultant firms (Subconsultant Form RS-2 Rev 1/15/08) to be or
anticipated to be utilized by your firm.
Complete and sign each Form RS-2 (instructions are listed on the form).
In the event the firm has no subconsultant, it is required that this be indicated on the
Subconsultant Form RS-2 by entering the word “None” or the number “ZERO” and signing
The required forms are available at:
Private consulting firms are invited to have letters of interest for furnishing Historic
Architectural Services E-MAILed to the Professional Services Management Unit by 12:00 p.m. on May 18, 2011. Letters of interest received after this deadline will not be considered.
Firms submitting letters of interest are encouraged to carefully check them for
conformance to the requirements stated above. If letters of interest do not meet ALL of these requirements or if they are sent by any other means other than NCDOT’s FTS system, or to any address other than email@example.com they will be disqualified. No exception will be granted.
The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions concerning the advertisement or scope should be directed to Scott Blevins, PE, at email@example.com or by telephone at 919-250-3004.
If you feel information provided is inadequate to submit a letter of interest, please contact Mr.
The firm(s) selected will be notified by June 6, 2011. Notification will not be sent to firms not
selected. The firm(s) selected will be listed on the Internet at
http://www.ncdot.org/doh/preconstruct/highway/roadway/eng_coord/selection_comm/current.html by June 7, 2011.