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c"- Page14 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 ~J News Briefs (Continued from Page i) nation are changing quickly. Our culture is getting de- stroyed as Democrats seem intent on legalizing up to 20 million illegal immigrants now roaming the land. We cannot or will not secure our borders and with the flood- gates open the Democrats seem to be salivating at the prospect of adding more and more folks to the voter rolls eventually. Here in Massachusetts we have a government who just implemented in-state LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting professional services for MPA CONTRACT NO. AP1309-S1, TRUST AGREEMENT ENGINEER FY14-18. Massporf is an independent revenue bond Authority responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Northeast region's major aviation and waterfront facilities, including Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport, and numerous Maritime properties within the Boston Harbor vicinity. The Authority operates under a Trust Agreement which provides that Massport employ one or more independent engineers or engineering firms, possessing a national and favorable reputation in the skills and experience required to perform the consultant engineering work required by the Trust Agreement. The scope of work shall include but not be limited to the following: (1) annually inspect Authodty's properties and prepare a report on the properties' state of repair, working order, and condition, with recommendations as to any substantial maintenance and repair required during the ensuing fiscal year and the estimated costs for such repairs; (2) annually prepare a report on the replacement costs of Authority's properties for the ensuing fiscal year; " " (3) utilizing the data collected in item (1), prepare an Annual Report of Conditions for Authority facilities; (4) as required, provide Authority with all necessary engineering data and certificates in matters relating to the issuance of revenue bonds; (5) review and approve for payment certain selected construction requisitions, and other duties as may be assigned during construction; and (6) as required, prepare estimates of damaged or destroyed property, including recommendations for repair, replacement, or reconstruction. Proposing consultant engineers are advised that the Authority is beginning implementation of a new infrastructure asset management program using Maximo and related software and that the annual inspections and reports completed in response to this RFQ shall be closely coordinated with that new program. In addition, the Authority employs a web-based software application Massport Trust Engineer System (M'FES) used to collect, store, and report data for the annual inspection referenced above. Data collected under this agreement for the Annual Report of Conditions shall be collected utilizing mobile computers capable of transmitting information wirelessly; capturing photographs of locations requiring attention; and collecting Iocational data through GPS. Data transfer to Massport's SQL database for the MI'ES will only be imported after thorough QC is conducted by the consultant on its own version of the SQL database. The contract will be work order based, and Consultant's fee for each work order shall be negotiated; however, the total fee for the contract shall not exceed $4,000,000 over a five year term. In recognition of the unique nature of the project and the services required to support it, the Authority has scheduled a Consultant Briefing to be held at 10:00 A.M. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 at the Capital Programs Department, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128. At this session, an overview of the project will be provided, the services requested by the Authority will be described, and questions will be answered. In addition, an overview of the MTES will be presented. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in response to the evaluation criteria set forth below and include Architect/Engineer & Related Services questionnaires SF 330 (www.qsa.a_ov/portaYformsMownload1116486)with the appropriate number of Part IIs. The submission shall highlight the firm's experience and capabilities and identify all sub- consultants, including any MM/DBE participation. Certification of the prime and sub.censultants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of the M/W/DBE certification letter from the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), formerly known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal. The Consultant shall also provide an original and nine copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled =Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See http://www~massp~rt~c~m/d~inq~business/PaFes/capita~Pr~-ramsRes~urceCenter~as~x for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. The submission shall be evaluated on the basis of: (1)current relevant experience on trust engineering consultant projects of similar complexity, (2)experience and geographic location of the proposed Project Manager and kay personnel to be assigned to the project, (3)experience and expertise of subconsultants, if any, (4)cost management capabilities, (5)demonstrated ability to perform work with minimal disruption to facility operations, (6)M/W/DBE and affirmative action efforts, please indicate the proposed % of M/WBE participation (7)familiarity with Maximo and BIM, (8)current level of work with the Authority, (9)familiarity with Massport facilities, (10) past performance for the Authority, if any, and (11) project understanding and technical approach to this project. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of firms based on an evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications submitted in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection. The Authority reserves the right to require proposals or to interview the firms prior to final selection if deemed appropriate. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massporf's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority's standard agreement can be found on the Authority's web page at www.massport.com. The exception to this standard agreement is the insurance requirements as follows; (1) $1,000,000 of commercial general liability and (2) $1,000,000 of automobile liability insurance. The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 Y2" x 11"), no acetate covers. Ten (10) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on disc each limited to: (1) an SF 330 including the appropriate number of Part IIs and an organizational chart identifying specific project responsibilities for key staff including subconsultants, (2) resumes of key individuals only, each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section E, (3) no more than ten (10) projects, each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section F, (4) no more than three (3) sheets (6 pages) of information contained under SF 330, Section H addressing the evaluation items, except for the litigation and legal proceedings history, and (5) no more than two (2) sheets (4 pages) of other relevant materials not including: a cover letter (maximum of 2 pages), SDO certification letters, covers, dividers, and other required information. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 NOON ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which exceeds the page limit set here or which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed !o have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. All questions relative to the submission shall only be directed to Dr. Luciana Burdi, Deputy Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs at LBurdi@massDort.com. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: t 1/30/12 tuition for illegal students at state colleges and uni- versities by himself. When- ever legislation came up on Beacon Hill, it was always voted down in our House and Senate. Laws should be made in the legislative branch of government and not by the governor alone. What happened to the rule of law and checks and bal- ances? Our governor has turned to acting like a third world nation despot creat- ing law by using his power. Massachusetts has been called the Cradle of Liberty but lately liberty has been given the Rosemary's Baby treatment. Republicans need to reach out to those oppressed tax- payers, blue collar workers a~d middle class :f#milies getting stiffed by liberals. Too many potential Romney voters stayed home on Elec- tion Day because Romney delivered a muddled mes- sage. This recent election was just one election. The end may be here but it is not here quite yet. Our demo- cratic republic is endan- gered by greed fueled by lib- eral Democratic whack-a- dogs who have forgotten why this country was created. We are at a tipping point and Republicans need to be able to reach out to a wider audience. Their base is strong but there is no rea- son for the Latino commu- nity to only be liberal. This demographic community holds strong values and the GOP needs to tap into that urge. Republicans must also take on Democrats who pan- der to their base by offering more free stuff over personal responsibility. Ben Franklin once stated that the poor should be uncomfortable. He was being mean-spirited but only expressing concern about accepting less from yourself and more from your rulers. When you give up on yourself, your government only grows in proportion to your weaknesses. Conservatives can rebound by standing up with a clearer message of hope for all rather than simply writing off groups as unapproach- able. Read the tea leaves. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSE'rrs PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSE'FI'S PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting professional consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. LP1302-$1, SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT PLAN, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'n's. The Authority is seeking qualified muifidiscipline consulting firms/teams, with proven relevant experience to prepare a Sustainability Management Plan for Logan International Airport (BOS). This FAA funded Plan would leverage the structure of the ISO 14001 Certified Logan Environmental Management System (EMS) to develop, monitor, measure and continuously improve sustainable objectives, targets and programs and would engage non Massport partners (e.g., tenants, airlines, and contractors) for expanded awareness of Massport goals and initiatives and to explore opportunities for synergistic benefit. Partnerships would involve identifying best practices and innovative approaches for implementation that might include incentives, cost reductions, etc. The contract will be work order based, and Consultant's fee for each work order shall be negotiated; however, the total fee for the contract shall not exceed $750,000. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in response to the evaluation criteria set forth below and include Architect/Engineer & Related Services questionnaires SF 330 (www.qsa.gov/portal/forms/download/116486) with the appropriate number of Part its. Consultant's submission shall include the appropriate Program schedules. DBE Certification of the prime and subconsuitants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of the DBE certification letter from the Supplier Diversity Office, formerly known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal. The Consultant shall also provide an original and nine copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled =Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See www.massport.com/doing-business/Pages/CapitalProgramsResourcesCenter. as~ for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. The submission shall be evaluated on the basis of: (1) current level of experience and knowledge of the team for similar projects, particularly the Project Manager, (2) geographic location and availability of the Project Manager, and other key personnel to be assigned to the project, (3) experience and expertise of subconsultants, (4) DBE participation and affirmative action efforts (Please state proposed %), (5) current level of work with the Authority, (6) past performance for the Authority, if any, (7) experience with sustainable operational and design concepts, (8) experience with airport sustainabitity planning or management (9) experience with Environmental Management Systems, (10) experience in facilitation of stakeholder engagement (11) project understanding and approach to this project. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of a minimum of three firms based on an evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection of the consultant by the Authority. The Authority reserves th#~ right to interview the firms prior to final selection, if deemed appropriate. ~n~ By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport's~ standard agreement, which can be found on the Authority's web page at www.massport.com. The exception to this agreement is the insurance requirement of $1,000,000 of commercial general liability. The Consultant shall specify in its cover tetter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2" x 11"), no acetate covers. One (1) original and nine (9) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc each limited to: 1) an SF 330 including the appropriate number of Part IIs, 2) resumes of key individuals only each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section E, 3) no more than ten (10) projects each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section F, 4) no more than 3 sheets (6 pages) of information contained under SF 330 Section H addressing the evaluation items (except for the litigation and legal proceedings history), and 5) no more than 2 sheets (4 pages) of other relevant material not including a 2 page (max.) cover letter, DBE schedules and SDO certification letters, covers, dividers, and other required information. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. The supplemental package is availableto interested parties via email by contacting Susan Brace at sbrace @ massDort.com. All questions relative to the submission shall only be directed to Luciana Burdi, Deputy Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs at LBurdi@Massport.com. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 11/30/12 Hold on to principles. But welcome more into the fold. Analyze this as Robert De Niro once said in a movie. The Entitlement Cliff is Approaching too Everyone is talking about the Fiscal Cliff approaching us like a monster in one of those old black and white Japanese monster movies. We have got to do something, they say, to avert the doom closing in on us. However, when you mention entitle- ments as a big part of the problem, liberals holler don't touch the free stuf~ We need those entitlements! Hands offl However, it is these very entitlements that have unbalanced our federal budget. If we take cuts in entitlements off the table, the only answer is higher and higher taxes for all of us and not just the 2 per- cent. Entitlements will con- tinue to grow until every- thing becomes unsustain- able and we all start looking like Greek citizens acting like they have no idea how it all happened as they wait for even more free stuff in the mail from their bank- rupted government. As a Democrat ... As a Democrat, I find it hard being in a party that seems to have lost its bear- ings. Back in 1960 when I first became politically aware of things, both the Democrats and Republicans were both centrists in how they ran the country. Jack Kennedy and Richard Nixon for the most part held the same values, understood things in very much the same way and saw the same country in front of them. Most voters in return saw very much the same thing. Our country was more united than divided. Folks worked with each other and that included our elected officials on Capitol Hill. Today, there are walls being built around all of us leading to no good. Many Democrats left the party years ago, most became independents and many oth- ers Republican. Some like me stayed Democrat but often voted for the best candidate on the ballot. I think it is time for conser- vative Democrats to return to the Democratic Party and begin building a new base for the future. Often, I feel like those brave men who stayed inside the walls of the Alamo mission against overwhelming forces out- side trying to take them out. They stayed, lost the battle but eventually the war was won. Conservatives and moderates can push the party back to the center where it once always was. When it comes to limited government and personal freedom those were always liberal points of view. Today's conservatives are actually Jack Kennedy Democrats. If you actually compare Jack Kennedy with Scott Brown, what really is the dif- ference between either? Both were and still are cen- trist politicians who took the middle course and stayed on the road rather than riding the side curbs.