On July 19 the City of Tallahassee hosted a pre-bid meeting conducted by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) regarding the construction of a new 150,000 square-foot Veteran’s Outpatient Clinic to be constructed in Tallahassee. The event was specifically targeted to contractors that had responded to a solicitation notice which had been advertised by the VA earlier. The City of Tallahassee also advertised the meeting as an opportunity for local contractors and vendors to become familiar with the project and potentially be considered as subcontractors for portions of the work. The City distributed material to all the attendees which provided website addresses for directories of local contractors and vendors. Approximately 150 people attended the meeting. The VA is proposing to develop this facility through a lease arrangement whereby the selected bidder will be responsible for financing the cost to purchase the land and build the facility to the VA’s specifications. The VA will commit to a long-term lease for the clinic. This is part of the City’s continuing effort to inform local businesses of new business opportunities taking place in our community.
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Thursday, July 19, at 10 am, the City of Tallahassee will host a pre-bid conference conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for parties interested in bidding on the construction of a proposed 150,000 square-foot Veterans Outpatient Clinic. The conference will be held in the City Commission Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 300 S. Adams St. and is expected to last approximately two hours.
The City’s Economic & Community Development Department is partnering with the VA to host the event as part of its continued efforts to connect qualified local contractors, including minority-owned businesses, to major construction projects on the horizon in Tallahassee. Given the size of the VA facility, construction and related opportunities are expected for local contractors and tradespersons. Thursday’s conference will allow local firms and individuals to identify and make contact with bidders on the $20 million project.
“The proposed Veterans Affairs clinic is yet another indicator of the growth occurring throughout our city,” said Mayor John Marks, lead commissioner on the City’s Economic Development target issue committee. “Thursday’s conference will give our local companies a chance to become subcontractors by meeting with the general contractors that are bidding on the project. One of the City Commission’s goals is to help create and maintain jobs in our community, so we hope our small and minority businesses will take advantage of this opportunity.”
Parties that responded to the earlier “Solicitation for Offers” (SOF) are eligible to submit proposals for the project, but must attend the July 19 conference to be eligible to submit a bid. These parties have received specifications and floor plans for the proposed facility and that information will be discussed during the pre-bid conference. Based on past experience VA representatives expect a large number of national developers to attend this event.
For those unable to attend the conference, it will be broadcast live on WCOT (Comcast channel 13) and streamed live on Talgov.com. Video of the event will also be posted online to Talgov.com by July 21.
For more information, please contact the City’s Economic & Community Development Department at 891-6500 or visit Talgov.com/ecd.
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