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Request For Qualifications: Design-Build Services for Colorado Convention Center Expansion

eBid Document No. 6420099

The Department of Public Works (“DPW”), City and County of Denver (“CCD”), has issued a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) for Design-Build Services for the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Design-Build Project (“Project”).  RFQ documents will be available for download at, eBid Document No. 6420099 at the cost of $15.00.

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Addendum #1 (PDF)

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Printed Responses are due no later than 10:00 a.m. local time, August 26, 2019, delivered to Public Works Finance and Administration, Attn: Renee Kennedy, 201 W. Colfax, Ste. 614, Denver, CO  80202.

A Pre-submittal meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. local time, July 25, 2019 in Conference Room 103 at the Colorado Convention Center, located at: 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Interested firms are encouraged to attend.  Though the meeting is not mandatory, submitters are responsible for any information conveyed at this meeting. 

Deadline to Submit Questions: August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. local time.

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Following the pre-proposal meeting on July 25th, 2019, there will be a Proposer Partnering networking event at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 105 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The intent of this event will be to allow for businesses to meet and network with other interested businesses, including City & County of Denver certified small business firms.  It is highly recommended businesses interested in proposing on this project attend both the pre-submittal and networking event. 

General Statement of Work:  The Project will add a 250,000-sf vertical expansion to the existing Colorado Convention Center, renovate approximately 120,000-sf of lobby space, construct new vertical conveyances and include required code and life safety upgrades. The Project scope of services includes the review of schematic design, design development, creation of construction documents, construction, and construction administration through Project completion.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Participation: The City recognizes there is value in engaging minority and women owned businesses and has put a process in place by City Ordinance to mandate their involvement. Professional design and construction services contracts made and entered into by the City are subject to Article III, Divisions 1 and 3 of Chapter 28 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code, (“D.R.M.C.”) and the M/WBE Program’s Rules and Regulations adopted by the Director of the Division of Small Business Opportunity (“DSBO”), which will be incorporated into any agreement entered into as part of this selection process. The Design Goal for this project is 22% and the Construction Goal for this project is 17%. The Design Goal must be met with certified participants as set forth in Section 28-65, D.R.M.C. or through the demonstration of a sufficient good faith effort under Section 28-62 D.R.M.C during the RFQ phase. For compliance with good faith requirements under Section 28-62(b), the M/WBE percentage solicitation level required for this Project is 100%. The construction contractor for this Project must address the Construction Goal by means of a Compliance Plan submitted to the City for approval upon contract award.

Workforce: The City is committed to developing and implementing a Workforce Program for the Colorado Convention Center Expansion design build construction contract that will increase outreach, training, job opportunities and employment of people in economically disadvantaged areas and populations, while maintaining a competitive procurement environment. In addition, the City is committed to addressing shortages in qualified construction workers generally and in Targeted Areas by increasing the number of apprentices and pre-apprentices. Implementation of the CCC-XP pilot Workforce Program will offer the opportunity for demonstrating, measuring, and evaluating outreach, training, and engagement efforts across numerous construction industry trades and positions.  The contractor must designate a workforce point of contact, develop an outreach and engagement strategy, develop a training strategy (meeting 15% apprenticeship goals and subgoals for first year apprentices and apprentices from targeted categories), and propose a reporting and tracking structure.

Prequalification Requirements: The prime construction contractor for this Project must be prequalified in the Work Category of either 2A Unoccupied Buildings or 2B Occupied Buildings at the Financial Level of Fifty Million dollars ($50,000,000.00) AND request project-specific permission for projects over $50 million, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations Governing Prequalification of Contractors effective July 1, 2019. Each prime construction contractor shall have submitted a prequalification application and shall request project-specific permission to propose a minimum of 10 calendar days prior to the submittal due date. Applications shall be submitted to the Department of Public Works, Prequalification Section, 201 West Colfax Avenue, Department 614, Denver, Colorado 80202. To view the Rules and Regulations and to obtain a prequalification application, please visit our website at

Prevailing Wage Requirements:  Contracts for construction, reconstruction, and remodeling are subject to the City prevailing wage rate requirements established pursuant to Section 20-76, D.R.M.C.

Minimum Wage Requirements:  City contracts are subject to payment of City Minimum Wage established pursuant to Sections 20-82 through 20-84 D.R.M.C.

As the City’s best interests may appear, the Executive Director of Public Works reserves the right to waive informalities in, and to reject any or all, proposals.

Publication Dates: July 12, 15, and 16, 2019
Published In:  The Daily Journal