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There are many opportunities to do business with WSSC Water - this page shows the big picture of the many goods and services we need to do our jobs every day.

The Procurement Office, which operates within a Centralized Purchasing environment, is made up of two teams: the Goods and Professional Services Team and the Architectural/Engineering and Construction Group.

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Architectural/Engineering and Construction Bids

The Architectural/Engineering and Construction Group is responsible for architectural and engineering contracts that support WSSC Water's day-to-day operations. The Group seeks cost-effective services while also ensuring fair and equitable treatment and promoting contracting opportunities for all business enterprises.

Requests for Proposals

Architectural/Engineering and Construction are evaluated and awarded per WSSC Water Procurement Regulation 6.15.310, Competitive Sealed Proposals.

Public Notice

When Architectural/Engineering and Construction services are required, an ad will appear in the WSSC Water Supplier Portal. It will give a general description of the services sought, submittals required (e.g. Standard Form 330), the closing date and the required level of minority business participation, as appropriate.

Multi-Step Sealed Bidding

We may use a two-phase bidding process: a technical first phase composed of one or more steps in which bidders submit un-priced technical offers for evaluation, and a second phase in which the acceptable technical offers have their price bids considered. At the Chief Procurement Officer’s discretion, a "best and final offer" stage may be included, in which acceptable bidders are invited to improve or adjust their offers.

Multi-step sealed bidding will be initiated by the issuance of a Request for Proposals that may state:

  • That un-priced technical offers are requested
  • Whether separate priced bids are to be submitted at the same time as un-priced technical offers
  • That it is a multi-step sealed bid procurement, and the rules to be followed
  • The criteria to be used in the evaluation of the un-priced technical offers
  • That the Chief Procurement Officer or designee may conduct oral or written discussions of the un-priced technical offers
  • And/or priced offers may be subject to negotiation

After receiving un-priced technical offers, amendments to the Invitation for Bids may be distributed.

Evaluation Factors

In the Request for Proposals, all of the evaluation factors, including price, will be clearly stated and only those factors will be used to evaluate Proposals. "Price" is a mandatory evaluation factor. The relative weight of the evaluation factors will be clearly specified in the bid/proposal instructions, in percentages.

Last Modified: April 6, 2023, 3:14 pm EDT