City Council Meeting: September 11, 2012
Agenda Item: 3-B
To: Mayor and City Council
From: Martin Pastucha, Director of Public Works
Subject: Big Blue Bus Administration Building Waterproofing Contract
2. Authorize the Director of Public Works to issue any necessary change orders to complete additional work within budget authority.
Over the last couple of years, various improvements have been made to the Big Blue Bus administration building, located at 1660 7th Street. These improvements were necessary to allow for better handling of service needs, operations and administration needs, as well as meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The waterproofing of the structure is the final phase of the overall improvements at the Big Blue Bus administration building.
On January 24, 2011, the City hired DLR Group WWCOT to assess the water intrusion at the Big Blue Bus administration building. Upon completing the assessment, it was determined that the existing weatherproofing systems had numerous deficiencies, especially the existing custom skylight and portions of the adjacent building envelope, resulting in the deterioration of the building enclosure system. DLR Group WWCOT recommended hiring a waterproofing contractor to remove the built-up sealant and exterior framing components to allow for repair. The framing and glazing also needs to be cleaned and verified for continued serviceability, then reinstalled or replaced as necessary to provide a water-tight installation of the building enclosure system.
On June 28, 2012, the City published Notices Inviting Bids to repair the water intrusion at the Big Blue Bus administration building. The bid was posted on the City’s on-line bidding site and notices were advertised in the Santa Monica Daily Press in accordance with City Charter and Municipal Code provisions. Over 750 vendors were notified and 27 prospective bidders made requests for bid documents. Three bids were received and publicly opened on July 24, 2012 as follows:
Bidder Base Bid
Fortex Construction $156,900
Magic Hammer Development Inc. $185,000
Howard Ridley Co. Inc. $278,700
The bids were evaluated based on qualifications, experience, and pricing. Based on these criteria, Fortex Construction is recommended as the best bidder to complete the waterproofing, repair and replacement work at the Big Blue Bus administration building in accordance with City specifications.
Fortex Construction recently completed projects for the City of Corona, City of Rancho Cucamonga, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. References were contacted and respondents reported that the contractor performed well on their projects. The California Contractors State License Board verified that contractor’s license is current and in good standing.
The contract to be awarded to Fortex Construction is $172,590 (includes a 10% contingency). Funds are available in the FY 2012-13 Capital Improvement Program Budget in account C410826.589000.