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Category: Public Works
Status: Closed




BELT, Mt 59412


Request for Qualifications

Engineering Services

Cascade County (County) is in the planning stages of the design and construction of a bridge replacement of Armington Bridge near Belt, MT. Cascade County is seeking an engineering firm to provide professional services for this project. Service may include, but is not limited to preliminary design, community meetings, preparing bidding documents, construction administration, and any other services deemed necessary by the owner to complete the project. Construction, to begin June 2022 and to last through September 2022.  


Contingent upon final approval of project, the County is soliciting a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for engineering services to assist in the development of bid documents and supervising construction of this project. Work on this project must comply with all applicable local, state, and federal requirements.  Payment and terms will be negotiated with the selected offeror. Questions regarding Project Specific items will be answered by, contacting Les Payne, Director, Cascade County Public Works, 279 Vaughn S. Frontage Road, Great Falls, MT 59404; Phone (406) 454-6920 or at .



  1. Background Information

The proposed project is to develop contract documents for bidding and construction of Armington Bridge (L07237000 04001) (Location 47.365, -110.906). Cascade County has been awarded a Montana Coal Endowment Program grant from the Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) for the bridge replacement. The County prepared a Preliminary Engineering Report prior to the grant award.


  1. Scope of Work – Engineer’s Basic Services

Scope of Work includes full-service design, grant administration, and construction administration services. The services anticipated to be provided may include and are not limited to the following:


  1. Organize and participate in design meetings with members of the County staff and department heads. 
  2. Provide a preliminary evaluation of the owner’s program, schedule and construction budget requirements, each in terms of the other, subject to the limitations addressed.  The design team’s preliminary budget of the project must fit the proposed budget of the project, or the scope of the project must be adjusted to fit.
  3. Bridge Design. 
  4. Roadway Design. 
  5. Geotechnical investigation, analysis, and design. 
  6. Survey (control, cadastral, topographic, hydraulic).
  7. Environmental evaluation and permitting.
  8. Hydraulics analysis and design. 
  9. Stakeholder coordination and public involvement.
  10. Grant administration services. 
  11. Prepare plans, specifications, and engineer’s estimate. 
  12. Preparing the construction bid package in conformance with the applicable federal and state requirements and supervising the bid advertising, tabulation, and award process, including preparing the advertisements for bid solicitation, conducting the bid opening and issuing the notice to proceed. 
  13. Conduct pre-construction meetings and construction progress meetings, as necessary.
  14. Provide construction engineering services to include on-site inspection of construction work, testing, inspection reports, review contractor requests for payment, final inspections, and certification to Cascade County upon project completion.
  15. Providing one complete set of as-built, reproducible plan drawings to owner upon project completion, based on General Contractors redlines.
  16. Provide final inspections, warranty inspections, and all required closeout documentation. 
  17. The project must comply with the current requirements of the MDOC Project Administration Manual. 





Proposal Content


Five (5) hard copies are required to be timely submitted. Legibility, clarity, and completeness are essential.  Proposals should provide assurance that the firm has the professional capability, availability, and to satisfactorily and timely complete all the tasks as described in this RFQ. Responses may not exceed four (4) one-sided pages, not including resumes of key personnel, and cover letter. Responses should include: 


  1. The firm’s legal name, address, and telephone number; 


  1. The principal(s) of the firm and their experience and qualifications; 


  1. The experience, qualifications, and specific roles of other staff to be assigned to the project;


  1. A description of the firm’s prior experience, including design and construction management of similar projects (include information on size and cost, specific accessibility and special needs requirements, size of community, location, original construction estimate and final project costs, and name of the owner’s representative who is knowledgeable regarding the firm’s performance);


  1. A description of the firm’s current work activities and how these would be coordinated with the project, as well as the firm’s anticipated availability during the term of the project. 







The proposals are due July 22,2021, by 2:00 PM. at the office of Cascade County Public Works, located at 279 Vaughn S Frontage Rd, Great Falls, Montana, 59404 and then publicly opened and read aloud. Address to Cascade County Public Works Director. Project name is Armington Bridge Replacement. The engineering contract will be awarded after all appropriate approvals. It is anticipated that the preliminary design will be started shortly after and run through February 2022, the RFP bidding in April 2022 and construction will commence June through September of 2022.



Respondents’ proposals will be evaluated based on the following factors:


  1. Consultant Qualifications and Experience (including reference checks) –              demonstrated competence and qualifications for service required                                 15%


  1. Availability and Capacity of the personnel for the entire design team to be assigned              to the project to respond in a timely manner and keep on budget                                 10%


  1. Present and projected workload at the time of proposed project                                      10%


  1. Related Experience on similar projects                                                                            25%


  1. Recent and current work for County                                                                                25%


  1. Location of the firm                                                                                                          5%


  1. Overall quality of proposal                                                                                               10%


The selection may be made from this RFQ or selected finalists may be interviewed and will be based on a selection committee’s evaluation of the written responses. Contract negotiations will commence with the highest-ranked architectural/engineering firm. The County will award the contract as it finds is in the best interest of the public.


This solicitation is being offered in accordance with federal and state statutes governing procurement of professional services.   Accordingly, the owner reserves the right to negotiate an agreement based on fair and reasonable compensation for the scope of work and services proposed, as well as the right to reject any and all responses deemed unqualified, or unsatisfactory. The award will be made to the most qualified offeror whose proposal is deemed most advantageous to the County, all factors considered. Unsuccessful offerors will be notified as soon as possible. The County reserves the right to increase the scope of work with the contractor as long as the increase is within the contractor’s ability. 







Questions should be directed to, and proposals should be delivered or sent to:


            Les Payne, Director

            Cascade County Public Works Department

            279 Vaughn S Frontage Rd

            Great Falls, MT 59404

            (406) 454-6920



Cascade County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  


The owner makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or the Contractor’s ability to perform the essential duties of the job.  In order for the owner to make such accommodations, the applicant must make known any needed accommodation. The TTY number is 1-800-25

Publication Date/Time:
6/29/2021 8:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
7/22/2021 2:00 PM
Submittal Information:
Cascade County Public Works, located at 279 Vaughn S Frontage Rd, Great Falls, Montana
Bid Opening Information:
07/22/21 shortly after 2:00pm
Contact Person:
Questions should be directed to, and proposals should be delivered or sent to:
Les Payne, Director
Cascade County Public Works Department
279 Vaughn S Frontage Rd
Great Falls, MT 59404
(406) 454-6920
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