One step closer to engaging a construction firm for Far Site

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Illustration of the underground spaces to be excavated at SURF. Credit: SURF

The LBNF project moved one step closer last week to releasing a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a Construction Manager and General Contractor (CM/GC) for the construction of the Far Site conventional facilities, both surface and underground. The RFP received conditional approval from the DOE Independent Review Board and has been forwarded to Office of Science for final review and approval.

The CM/GC contract is estimated to be between $250 and $350 million dollars in value — one of the largest construction contracts to be executed in the State of South Dakota.

LBNF has posted a draft of the RFP on the FedBizOps website to enable interested CM/GC firms to begin reviewing it. We expect the contracting authority in the Office of Science to formally approve the package in the next couple of weeks.  After receiving formal approval, LBNF will issue the final RFP and establish the proposal due date. A source evaluation board has already been established to evaluate proposals received.

LBNF plans to welcome the interested firms to a two-day pre-proposal conference and SURF site visit in July, to acquaint them with the site and the proposal requirements. The level of interest expressed so far indicates that up to 100 participants will attend.

The development, review and approval of this RFP have required a substantial level of effort, coordination and teamwork over several months. Thanks to all involved, we are looking forward to awarding the contract this fall. Stay tuned…