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Original Date Posted: October 10, 2019 7:30 am

Due Date:

2:00 PM, Thursday, November 7, 2019

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for
SPU RFQ/Contract# 19-128-S

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking a civil engineering consultant team to support SPU in an initial project phase of performing early planning/conceptual development and costing of options for a new cover on Bitter Lake Reservoir. Obtaining accurate planning level costing of options is a key objective of this effort. At the completion of this “options analysis” work phase, SPU may elect to amend the Contract scope of work to include additional project phases including design/permitting and construction support. There is no guarantee for additional work phases being added, and the decision to do so will be at the sole discretion of SPU. The estimated cost for the initial Contract phase is $200,000.

Bitter Lake Reservoir is a 21-Million-gallon finished drinking water reservoir that serves SPU’s water distribution system in North Seattle. Bitter Lake Reservoir was constructed in 1957-58 as an open reservoir basin. The reservoir is situated within a high berm, which slopes steeply on all sides. Enclosed by a chain link fence, the large grassy reservoir site is roughly bounded by Fremont Avenue North on the west, by Linden Avenue North on the east, by North 143rd Street on the north, and North 138th Street on the south. There is a pump station and hypochlorite disinfection facilities located outside the fenced area at the base of the slope along the site’s eastern side. A service road leads up the eastern slope of the berm and encircles the reservoir.

A floating cover was installed in 2001 to protect the drinking water quality and is expected to have a useful life through 2023. This work relates to the need to replace the function of the existing floating cover that is approaching the end of its useful life. The paramount purpose of SPU’s Bitter Lake Reservoir property and project is the storage, distribution, safety and security of the City’s drinking water.

Interested consultants are encouraged to review the RFQ, background documents, and any RFQ addenda online at  Note that you are required to complete a free registration to view, print or save documents posted on this website and to view contact information for other consultants who have downloaded documents from this website.

The deadline for submitting Qualifications is 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the 50th Floor, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue, P.O. Box 34018, Seattle, WA 98104-4018.

SPU PRE-SUBMITTAL CONFERENCE:  A pre-submittal conference will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in Conference Room SMT 5072 (50th Floor) of the Seattle Municipal Tower Building, 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Seattle Public Utilities will review the scope of work, consultant expectations, and answer questions from the prospective bidders. Time will be allocated for prospective bidders to network with each other and discuss teaming arrangements. Although attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, attendance is highly encouraged.

Written questions related to this RFQ are encouraged and shall be directed to Sher Arciniega, Contract Administrator & SPU’s designated contact person, at . In order to facilitate preparation of responses to questions, please submit questions by no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, October 25, 2019. All responses to questions will be issued to all RFQ recipients in the form of an addendum to this RFQ. Addenda will be posted at

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