Manhattan VAMC Industry Day.pdf


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June 14, 2022, 9:25 a.m.
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Industry Day Forum
June 9, 2022

Manhattan VA Medical Center
Balance of Work
Manhattan, New York

Opening Remarks

Office of Construction & Facilities Management
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC


• Opening Remarks


 Angeleque Batkins, Contracting Officer, VA Office of Construction & Facilities

• Introduction of Project Personnel and Introduction of Contractors/Attendees

 Angeleque Batkins, Contracting Officer, VA Office of Construction & Facilities

• Acquisition & Contracting Overview

 Angeleque Batkins, Contracting Officer, VA Office of Construction & Facilities

 Steve Zerhusen, Project Manager, VA Office of Construction & Facilities

 Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)



•Project Scope and Overview


• Small Business Participation

• Question & Answer Session


•Contracting Officer – Angeleque Batkins

• Project Manager – Steve Zerhusen

• Resident Engineer – Anthony Delvecchio

• Project Executive – Adrian Anderson

Acquisition & Contracting

Market Research Planning Strategy

– During the acquisition planning process, contracting officers, in cooperation
with program offices, should survey the market to determine capabilities
(lead-times, production, delivery, and estimated cost).

– In developing the acquisition strategy for any contract, the contracting officer
shall take into consideration the impact of the Veterans First Contracting
Program Rule of Two and the best method of successfully implementing that

– On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision
impacting the Department’s original implementation of the Veterans First
Contracting Program. This is known as the “Rule of Two.” Major Supreme
Court holdings in the Kingdomware case.

– Rule of Two is mandatory, not discretionary and its text requires the

Department to apply the Rule of Two to all contracting determinations.

Acquisition & Contracting

– The VA is still in the process of determining the method of this

Contracting Approach

• Options

-Set-aside(SDVOSB, VOSB and SB)
-Open market(Unrestricted)

RFP Solicitation

– Requesting RFP based on FAR 15

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and Veteran Owned
Small Business

- “Rule of Two”

Joint Venture and Teaming Arrangements – VAAR 819.70

Firm Fixed Price

Acquisition & Contracting

Proposal Submission (continued)

– Evaluation Criteria (examples)

– Construction Management
– Corporate Experience
– Past Performance
– Proposed Schedule
– Small Business Participation
– Subcontracting Plan (Large Businesses)
» Meeting VA’s Socioeconomic Goals

Project Magnitude – $50,000,000.00 to $100,000,000.00

NAICS Code 236220 - Commercial and Institutional Building Construction; $39.5M

Acquisition & Contracting

Bid Guarantee

– 20% of amount offered and/or
– $3,000,000


– Performance
– Payment


– This project is fully funded

Acquisition & Contracting

Possible Considerations

– Impacts of price escalation in the current market

– Project Labor Agreements

– No EPA clause from VA/CFM

Project Overview
VA Office of Construction &
Facilities Management
Steve Zerhusen, Project Manager

Project Milestones

Estimated Project Schedule

 Issue Solicitation – September 2022

 Anticipated Contract Award – March 2023

 NTP issued – March 2023

 Kick-off Meeting / Start Construction – April 2023

 Project Completion – August 2029

Site Plan (Aerial)

Project Overview

Scope and Elements

– Construct the Manhattan VAMC Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program

Balance of Work at the VAMC Manhattan Campus

– All work is located on the campus of the fully operational Manhattan VA

Medical Center at 423 E. 23rd Street, Manhattan, NY.

– The approximate period of performance is 5 years.
– The General Scope of Work (SOW) includes, but is not limited to,

providing all labor, materials, and equipment for the following tasks per
Construction Documents (CDs):

• Relocate all essential electrical equipment and systems prone to

damage by flooding on the ground floor of Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 6 to
the first floor to include interrupter switches, transformers,
switchgear, and distribution branch circuit panel boards.

• Construct new elevated platform with enclosure to meet VA Physical
Security Design Manual and install new generators and associated
underground fuel tanks

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Project Overview (Cont.)

• Construct elevated electrical distribution substation vault for Building 1

• Provide necessary additional structural pilings per CDs for items such as
new elevated electrical substation, fuel tanks and generator platform.

• Construct and complete Electrical rooms on the first floors of Buildings 1,

2, 3 & 6

• Complete cutovers and tie-ins from existing building distribution system

to new equipment in Substation 6

• Make new cutovers and tie-ins to new Substation 1 and generator

platform equipment.

• Complete final renovations to ground floor to include updates to

warehouse and loading dock, creation of office space, locker room and
restroom facilities, egress corridor and updates of life-safety systems.

• Replace second floor kitchen walk-in refrigerators and freezers.

• Mitigate ACM and HazMat in interior and exterior construction areas.

Small Business Participation

Resources for Small Businesses

Center for Verification and Evaluation
• Manages the Vets First Verification Program to ensure that VOSBs and SDVOSBs

are properly recognized so they:
– Can compete for VA VOSB and SDVOSB set-asides
– Are credited by VA’s large prime contractors for subcontract plan


This is a free service provided by the Veteran Assistance Program (VAP).
The VAP team will provide support, tools, and resources to help you navigate
becoming verified.
They are trained and certified through the verification assistance counseling
program to provide application assistance to SDVOSBs and VOSBs.

Small Business Participation

Resources for Small Businesses

Acquisition Support Team
• Oversees VA subcontracting
Reviews Subcontracting PlansProvides overall direction on small business program policies and procedures• Works with contracting staff to help small businesses maximize VA procurement


Serves as an advocate for contracting related issues

• Assists small businesses with payment issues• Assists with conducting Market Research
Ensures compliance with small business program policies and procedures with
existing acquisitions

Small Business Participation

Resources for Small Businesses

Direct Access Program
Plans, oversees, and executes various type of small business networking events to
build partnerships and maximize networking through structured, screened, and
periodic events
Type of DAP events(both in-person and virtual) include
– Business Opportunity Sessions (BOS)
– National Veterans Small Business Engagements
– VA Medical Center Events
– 1-on-1 Meetings
– Partnership with Large Businesses
– Partnerships with Professional Associations
– Networking Luncheons & Receptions

Small Business Participation

Resources for Small Businesses

Women Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiative
Their mission is to equip, empower, and educate Women Veteran entrepreneurs
for success and economic opportunities.
It’s a program for WVOSBs who want and qualify to do business with VA and the
federal government as prime contractor.
They raise awareness of the need to increase WVOSB utilization in the federal and
commercial marketplace.
They increase collaboration with other federal agencies, commercial entities, non-
profits, and educational institutions; and foster collaborations and strategic
partnerships amongst WVOSBs

Small Business Participation

How to Contact for More Information

• OSDBU Help Desk Phone:


SOC email:

Questions & Answers