Design–Bid-Build Project

California Department of General Services

San Francisco, CA

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

California Department of General Services

Real Estate Services Division

Project Management and Development Branch

The California Department of General Services (DGS), Real Estate Services Division (RESD), Project Management and Development Branch (PMDB) is requesting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from Architectural and Engineering firms, pursuant to Government Code §4525 et. seq.


RESD-PMDB 2021-13





The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) proposes to demolish an existing 15,500 sf two-story Field Office located at 1377 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA and construct a new Field Office on the existing site. This single-story building will be approximately 19,776 sf on the existing site of approximately 2.47 acres. The project also includes site work, utilities, walkways, curbs, gutters, signage, landscaping, irrigation, fencing, gates, trash enclosure, site drainage, site lighting, surface parking, attached drive-test canopy, communications (fire alarm, security, tel/data), and all associated requirements to complete the construction of the facility. The project shall be designed to LEED-NC Silver and will also be a Zero Net Energy Building.

A Contractor will be selected on the basis of written responses to this Request for Qualifications and an oral interview.


The Contractor shall provide professional environmental services and community outreach necessary to prepare the appropriate State and federal environmental documents related to the DMV San Francisco Fell Street project. The environmental documents must be prepared in a manner that meets all State and Federal environmental statutory/regulatory requirements and prepared in a writing style for a reader who is unacquainted with a specific technical topic(s).

The contractor will be expected to provide related support documentation for the environmental review process and assist with securing any necessary State and/or Federal project permits. The Contractor may provide additional professional environmental services normally and logically associated with, but not limited to, evaluation of applicable Management Plans in the context of how they would affect project design, assistance in coordinating and facilitating meetings, and provide environmental information and analysis. The Contractor will provide these environmental services as defined by, and in conformance with Section 4525(f) of the Government Code.

CEQA Environmental Document Expertise. The Contractor shall demonstrate an expert knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and associated, field surveys, technical memos, and studies. Experience in the preparation of a wide range of environmental documents, to include environmental impact reports, initial studies, and mitigated negative declarations will be a critical selection factor.

The Contractor shall have available a regulatory specialist being a CEQA expertise attorney with expert testimony witness experience and litigation support.

Contractor must have knowledge of applicable State and federal laws and permits.

Air Quality Assessment and Modeling. The Contractor should demonstrate experience in preparation of air quality assessment studies, including the use of standard models and/or development of project-specific models, knowledge of State and federal air quality standards, understanding of county and the regional rules, regulations, and policies.

Community Planning. The Contractor should be able to offer expertise in and knowledge of community planning. This includes analysis of land-use compatibility, general and specific plan processes, evaluating project effects on community plan policies and values, public services and utilities analysis, and demographics analysis.

Graphics and Visual Simulation. The Contractor should be able to offer assistance in the preparation of graphical materials for use in environmental reports and/or presentations, including site maps, visual simulations, sun and shadow analysis, and resource mapping.

Noise. The Contractor should be able to offer expertise in the preparation of typical acoustical analysis needed in environmental documents. This includes assessment of existing site and community noise levels, modeling project-induced sound levels, and identification of noise mitigation techniques and measures.

Public Participation and Community Outreach. The Contractor should demonstrate experience in the preparation of public participation materials, organizing public workshops, and providing specialized community involvement assistance and proficient in bilingual communication. The Contractor should be able to create public awareness materials as they relate to the environmental planning process and the community outreach process. Inform target audiences of projects, help the public understand construction activities and construction related impacts. Community involvement is expected to be high; therefore, a track-record of previous projects with intensive community outreach and involvement is desirable.

Traffic/Transportation Analysis. The Contractor should demonstrate experience in traffic and transportation studies typically used in environmental documents and include the reforms identified in Senate Bill 743 to provide an alternative analysis to Level of Service for evaluating transportation impacts. This includes related expertise in trip generation rates; vehicle miles travelled (VMT), travel pattern analysis; level-of-services analysis; traffic congestion planning; transportation demand management, parking analysis; traffic signal warrant analysis; transit corridor planning; peak hour traffic evaluation; and schematic design of intersection, roadway, and project entrance improvements. Contractors should have knowledge of State and federal laws, local traffic regulations, and typical commute/transportation management plans.

Water Quality. Contractor shall have knowledge of water quality and stormwater permits, regulations and policies, and expertise in the preparation and implementation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), and water quality testing and monitoring.

Website Publishing. The Contractor should be able to offer assistance in publishing environmental documents and information on a web page, complete with graphics/photo simulations for purposes of meeting public participation requirements. The Contractor should have knowledge and experience with integrating large data-based files into production environments; server-side scripting languages; and, user interface to optimize website access by the general public and in compliance with Section 508 of the American Disabilities Act web accessibility requirements. The Contractor should have knowledge to optimize graphics in order to reduce file sizes and download speeds of graphics for display on the DGS Internet website.

These examples of environmental expertise are only provided to assist each potential contractor in the formation of their respective retainer environmental services team. Respondents are also encouraged to clearly delineate the person(s) that will be responsible for being the lead contact with the State and the availability of the firm to respond in a timely manner to service requests.

A Contractor will be selected on the basis of written responses to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and an oral interview.

The successful firm shall provide professional services and prepare environmental documents and studies as required to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Public Resources Code (PRC) §§ 5024 and 5024.5, and all other relevant environmental laws and regulations, as an environmental consultant for the above referenced project.

The firm selected for this work and all sub-consultants are precluded from participating in any of the design build or other competitively bid contract work on this project.


Firms that are interested in providing professional services for this contracting opportunity shall submit the following information in 8.5" x 11" format (11-point font or greater) with each of the numbered sections collated in a separate tab. Firms shall ensure that their written responses indicate how they meet the Selection Criteria in Section V below.

Submit two (2) hard copies of the following, and one (1) electronic copy as detailed below:

  1. Letter of interest that includes the Federal Identification Number (FEIN) of the firm as well as the person authorized to negotiate and sign all agreements.
  2. Executive Summary (2 pages maximum).
  3. Federal Form SF330 ("Architect-Engineer Qualifications") Parts I & II for your firm, and Federal Form SF330 Part II for any proposed sub-contractors. The current revision of these forms is available on the GSA Webpage for SF330.
    • For each resume, firms may supplement the Form 330 (no more than one supplemental page per person) with further information on each individual's proposed project assignment and responsibilities, their specific professional experience related to this assignment, and their current work assignment(s) and projected completion dates.
  4. Written statement of the firm's qualifications that is responsive to the selection criteria below. Firms shall respond in writing indicating how they believe their qualifications fulfill the requirements of these criteria. Firms must respond to each numbered criterion with complete and organized responses.

Additional Required Documents

  1. Current Statement of Information (can be obtained on the California Secretary of State's website). If operating under a fictitious business name, provide all supporting documentation (i.e. fictitious business name statement certified by the appropriate county clerk).
  2. Verification of California license for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, or Geologists (can be obtained on the California Department of Consumer Affairs website); or verification of California license for Professional Architects (can be obtained on the the California Department of Consumer Affairs website).
  3. If applicable, proof of current certification from the DGS Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS). This information can be obtained DGS Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services website.
  4. Completed and signed California Civil Rights Laws Attachment, available on the website link to the Civil Rights Laws Attachment Form
  5. Proof of current registration with the California California Department of Industrial Relations as a Public Works Contractor for the firm submitting SOQ, and subs. Website link to the DIR Contractor Registration Search.
  6. Darfur Contracting Act Certification. Website link to the Dafur Contracting Act Certification Form.
  7. Iran Contracting Act Certification. Website link to the Iran Contracting Certification Form.
  8. The Bidder's Declaration Form (GSPD-05-105). This form documents subcontracted services. The Website link to the GSPD-05-105 Form.

The State encourages Small Businesses and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises participation.


Hard copy documents shall be received no later than Monday, December 20th, 2021 @ 5:00 PM PST to:

California Department of General Services
Real Estate Services Division
Project Management & Development Branch
Attn: Jessica Leach, Contracts Analyst
707 3rd Street, 4th Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Within 24 hours of submission of SOQ to the State, one electronic copy shall be uploaded by the submitting firm to the following DGS site: Electronic copy shall be identical to the hard copy submitted, in PDF format. Facsimile or e-mail submittals will not be considered.


Submitted SOQ packages will be evaluated on the six (6) areas listed below:

Experience of Firm

Professional experience of the firm in relation to the work to be performed.

  • List each person with their role for all staff identified as a part of this proposal.
  • Experience of subcontractors in relation to the work performed.
  • Nature and quality of completed work.

Experience of Principals

Professional experience and licenses of the principals to be assigned to the project.

  • List the Principals to be assigned to and involved with the project.

Experience of Key Personnel

Professional experience and training of key personnel, including both design and field personnel.

  • List staffs experience, education, licensing, certification, and training.

Resource Availability

  • Firm's resource availability and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and produce timely required deliverables. SOQs should demonstrate reliability of firm and continuity of firm's staff and sub consultants.
  • Location of firm office(s) for project coordination and services.

Working with Other Entities

Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work with various utilities, and governmental California Departments including experience coordinating with multiple stakeholders.

Problem Solving

Demonstrated ability to provide creative and innovative solutions to solve design and engineering problems, including unexpected problems, via examples of past projects.

Firm's SOQs will respond in writing showcasing how their experience fulfills the requirements of the above criteria.

Consultant team shall be comprised of all disciplines necessary to effectively provide essential and ancillary services for the work described for the project. Team shall be experienced with designs of similar nature, size and complexity.

Request Type
Monday, December 20, 2021