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July 7, 2016
Mr. Gregory A. Tramontozzi Executive Director Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission 600 Wilson Avenue Newark, NJ 07105
Reference: Request for Qualifications and Proposals for Professional Services for Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) – Design Services and Design Services During Construction for a Perimeter Flood Wall
Dear Mr. Tramontozzi:
Due to Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s (PVSC's) vital role in protecting the environment and providing a fundamental service its customers rely upon, it must provide uninterrupted operations, 24/7 – a reality underscored by the extensive damage to the plant from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Inundated by Passaic River floodwaters and without power for 48 hours, PVSC's plant suffered damage on a scale previously inconceivable. In response, PVSC has developed a comprehensive flood mitigation and resiliency plan to protect the plant from similar events. A key part of this plan is building a protective wall around the facility.
To meet this project's challenges, STV Incorporated (STV) and Mott MacDonald (MM) have formed a joint venture (JV), offering PVSC what we believe to be a winning combination: • The large-scale flood wall design experience of STV, including the recent design of an almost identical flood
wall at Coney Island Yard • The extensive PVSC and other local wastewater utility experience of MM • A proven track record working together on projects nationwide for 15+ years • Locally based staff of 1,000+
Just as PVSC is expert in the processing and treatment of wastewater, our team is expert in the delivery of highly complex design and construction projects. We understand the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy had on the Commission, the plant, and most importantly, PVSC customers. Our approach is simple: Deliver exceptional staff —experts in their respective fields—and work in partnership with PVSC’s engineering and operations groups, your program management team, contractors, and other engaged consultants to deliver a quality design and end product, while minimizing impacts to ongoing plant operations. Our team is ready to deliver.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit this proposal. We look forward to working with you and the entire PVSC organization to deliver this crucial flood resiliency project. In addition, we hereby acknowlege receipt of Clarification No. 1.

Kevin A. Pierce, P.E. JV Principal
STV Incorporated

Albert N. Beninato, P.E. JV Principal Mott MacDonald
1037 RAYMOND BOULEVARD, SUITE 200 NEWARK, NJ 07102 5425 TEL: 973 642 2201 FAX: 973 642 3245

Cover Letter Executive Summary Project Approach & Schedule Key Personnel Similar Experience PVSC-Other Agency Experience Man-Day Estimate Forms and Certifications
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Executive Summary


The joint venture of STV Incorporated and Mott MacDonald (STV/MM) is well positioned to provide the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) with design and construction services for this critical flood resiliency project. As you read our proposal, we hope you will agree that our team’s knowledge, capability, and experience in the design of flood walls and overall flood resiliency, as well as our knowledge of PVSC and its operations, is unmatched by any of our competitors.
Why Select STV/MM
Briefly, STV/MM offers PVSC:

done successfully, meaning on time, on budget, and most importantly, with minimal impact to PVSC’s operations.
Close Proximity: With a combined aggregate staff of over 1,000 in the NJ/NYC region, STV/MM has all requisite resources in-house and in close proximity to the site. We will base our efforts from STV’s nearby office in downtown Newark. This will translate to increased value to PVSC and allow our team to work seamlessly together and with the multitude of PVSC engineering and operations staff, your program manager, contractors, and other consultants who will be engaged in providing services for PVSC’s resiliency program.

Staff: Our team is comprised of carefully chosen individuals, including leaders in the industry, all with experience and credentials that are specific and relevant to this flood wall project. Most notably, our team will be led by Christopher Cerino, PE, SECB, a licensed structural engineer and NJ resident, responsible for the management and design of the Coney Island Yard flood wall, which is nearly identical in size, scope, and complexity to this project. Through his extensive post-Sandy resiliency work, Chris has developed an approach that is both practical and rigorous. Much of his technical approach to flood resiliency design is contained in STV’s proprietary flood resiliency design handbook, recently co-authored by him. Chris will bring direct knowledge from Coney Island to PVSC and provide valuable insights that will translate into increased value, and reduced cost and time in construction. He will be supported by a breadth and depth of technical resources, drawn from a combined local multidisciplinary staff of more than 1,000, all experts in their respective fields and all selected based on the specific experience they bring to this effort.

Value: All of the above translates into value to PVSC. Our staff, our knowledge of flood resiliency design, our experience gained in the design of a nearly identical project, our knowledge of the site, and our close proximity to PVSC will enable our team to deliver this design in an expedited manner, with minimal learning curve, all done to the high-quality standards of service expected by PVSC.
Response to Selection Criteria
The following table further summarizes and details the unique attributes, qualifications, and benefits of STV/MM in the context of the selection criteria outlined in the RFP.

Flood Resiliency Design Experience and Knowledge of PVSC: Since its founding over 100 years ago, STV has been a leader in infrastructure design. With the publication in 1960 of one of the original industry guidelines for engineering design, “Design”, by Edwin Seelye, a handbook used throughout the industry by civil engineers for decades, the firm solidified its role as an industry leader – a reputation the firm continues to build upon to this day. Specifically for this project, and since the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy, STV has led the region in the analysis and design of over 70 flood resiliency projects for over 25 regional clients at an aggregate construction cost exceeding $2 billion. This includes the most relevant project to PVSC: the Coney Island Yard flood wall. This experience, coupled with Mott MacDonald’s 40 years in providing PVSC with expert professional design and construction services, make STV/MM a powerhouse combination, with the experience and knowledge to get this project

Executive Summary 1



Evaluation Criteria

How Team Meets Criteria

(a) Technical Competence

Background, professional qualifications, education and training of the Respondent and its staff to fully understand and deal with the requirements of the project.

• Proven flood wall expertise, including design of an almost identical project (Coney Island Yard flood wall)
• Key staff from Coney Island assigned to this project, including our project manager, resiliency advisor, QA/QC manager, lead structural engineer, lead civil designer, lead environmental engineer, lead cost estimator, and others
• MM has extensive site-specific familiarity, including ongoing post-Sandy work on PVSC Administration Building
• In-house, locally based resources covering all required disciplines and with appropriate experience, education, and other credentials
• Extensive post-Sandy experience (60+ resiliency projects totaling $2B+)
• Project manager and resiliency advisor have presented at 7 technical conferences on resiliency in urban environments
• Authors of recent 40-page resiliency criteria guide • Proposed project manager is a certified Structural

The Respondent’s qualifications specifically pertaining to the scope of work outlined in this RFQ/RFP.

• No other competitor can offer virtually identical work on a flood wall of this size
• “Lessons learned” on Coney Island – not “overdesigning” can save time/money
• Modeling expertise

The Respondent’s execution of the requirements and procedures as set forth with the RFQ/RFP.

• Proposal contains all items listed and formatted according to instructions on Page 30 of RFP

Geographical location of the Respondent’s offices and key personnel.

• Key staff, including PM and Assistant PM, are NJ residents, with support from other locally based staff in NJ/NY metro area
• JV project office will be in Newark, NJ – just 2.7 miles from PVSC
• JV firms also have offices in Iselin and NYC

(b) Experience

The Respondent’s familiarity with the work, requirements, and procedures of PVSC, including if applicable, PVSC’s prior experiences with the Respondent.

• JV members have specific experience with this type of work from previous flood wall design projects, as well as knowledge of PVSC requirements and procedures from extensive experience at PVSC
• MM has first-hand experience using PVSC’s systems, including PM Web

The Respondent’s prior experience with Public Entities and/or Governmental Agencies.

• Both JV firms specialize in design of infrastructure for public agencies
• 70% of STV’s workload is for public agencies • More than 55% of MM’s workload is for public

Where to Look
• Key Personnel • Similar Experience • PVSC/Public Agency
• Project Approach and Schedule
• Similar Experience • Entire proposal • Key Personnel • Similar Experience
• PVSC/Public Agency Experience
• PVSC/Public Agency Experience
• Similar Experience

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Evaluation Criteria

How Team Meets Criteria

The ability of the Respondent to demonstrate its experience (and the experience of its staff) with the design of Flood Wall facilities. The Respondent shall have, at a minimum, 10 years of prior experience with the design of flood wall facilities.

STV/MM’s work on Coney Island and many other flood wall/barrier projects in response to Hurricane Sandy (PATH, Amtrak, Holland & Lincoln Tunnels, Con Edison, WTC, MBTA, VA, Mantoloking, MCUA Edison)

The Respondent must demonstrate a verifiable history of successful projects, similar in size and scope to that proposed. No less than 3 references, with current contact information, shall be provided for relevant projects that have been completed in the last 10 years.

Relevant projects similar in size and scope include: • Coney Island Yard Flood Wall • PANYNJ PATH projects involving flood walls/barrier • Mantoloking Sea Wall • MCUA Edison Pump Station Flood Wall

(c) Project Approach/Schedule

The Respondent’s proposed technical approach to meet the requirements and objectives of the RFQ/RFP.

• STV/MM will optimize the hydraulic wave analysis to reduce demands on the wall and provide an accurate factor of safety
• Alternate design scheme using sheet-pile walls can be used for a majority of the site, reducing cost, space, and easement issues
• The current pile-supported concrete wall scheme can be optimized throughout perimeter if PVSC prefers this concept (and will be required in breaking wave/barge impact zones regardless).
• Acoustic/aesthetic treatment can be provided, since the wall abuts several publicly visible areas
• STV/MM is familiar with large-scale flood gates, and can provide several options to meet desired strength and operability requirements
• Understanding that safety of PVSC staff is of paramount concern and to meet code requirements, STV/MM will provide options for safe ingress/ egress, both prior to and during storm events
• We provide a list of drawings and specifications as an appendix to Project Approach and Schedule.

The Respondent’s proposed schedules, drawing list, & outline specifications.

• STV/MM is aware of the overall timing of PVSC’s 4-project resiliency program and prepared to develop the Supplemental Report to Conceptual Design within the first 2 months of NTP
• We will complete design and seek permits to allow a Fall 2018 bid advertisement
• We envision a construction start date of January 1, 2019 • We believe the 26-month construction schedule can
be shortened with an alternate wall design (Although perimeter wall completion must be coordinated with the pump station/power plant/collection system projects, a shortened construction period reduced costs.)

The Respondent’s summary of Total Manday Estimate (Attachment G).

• In addition to completing Attachment G/man-day estimates per task, we have identified potential additional work in separate categories for PVSC’s consideration

Where to Look
• Similar Experience
• Similar Experience
• Project Approach and Schedule
• Project Approach and Schedule
• Appendix • Drawing List and
• Man-Day Estimate

Executive Summary 3

Project Approach/Schedule


Project Understanding
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) operates a 330-mgd wastewater treatment plant – the largest such facility in New Jersey and among the largest nationwide, serving 1.4 million residents in 48 communities. Due to PVSC’s vital role in protecting the environment and providing a fundamental service that its customers rely upon, it must remain operational, 24/7 – a reality underscored by the extensive damage to the plant from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. To mitigate similar destruction, PVSC is undertaking an ambitious resiliency program, which includes building a protective wall around the facility.
The proposed 12,590-foot, 2-zone floodwall will provide perimeter protection for the entire 140+ acre PVSC regional wastewater treatment facility located at 600 Wilson Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. The NJDEP has identified this facility as a critical infrastructure component and recommended that it be protected from future “Sandy-like” surge events.
While the floodwall project has advanced well beyond a concept phase, there are still many key decisions and details to address, develop, and complete. The RFP documents include studies of the existing utility locations, topography, hydraulics, and project coordination, which will all be considered and validated by the final designers. The designers will work closely with PVSC, the community, code officials, contractors, FEMA, other resiliency project teams, and other stakeholders, using 2D drawings and 3D visualizations, to explain and coordinate the project development throughout the life of the design and construction process.
In addition to the wall and gates, the joint-venture team of STV and Mott MacDonald (STV/MM) acknowledges the additional scope items listed in Section 8 of the Basis of

Design Report, as well as the Section 11 known conflicts. Many of these topics will be covered in detail in the upcoming approach portion of this section as examples of our knowledge of similar floodwall projects and how we will work together with PVSC to complete the design.
Key Challenges
Based on site visits, as well as our familiarity with the site and PVSC, STV/MM anticipates that there are 6 key challenges for this floodwall project:
•• Schedule •• Cost Minimization •• Site Logistics/Construction Phasing •• Safety •• Maintenance of Plant Operations (MOPO) •• FEMA Reimbursable
These were the same challenges for a nearly identical project that our team just completed for New York City Transit’s Coney Island Rail Yard (CIY). In several sections, we have highlighted the work performed during the 2-year design and construction at CIY, not because we intend to simply regurgitate the design, but because all of the knowledge gained will be brought to bear on the PVSC project via the same key individuals.
Schedule: While some PVSC assets are protected today by “muscle walls,” there is a need to get the permanent protection in place prior to the next design storm. The project schedule relates directly to dollars and disruption, and our knowledge from CIY will allow our design team to quickly present options to PVSC and get the construction documents underway, even if they deviate from what was presented in the RFP. In addition, our alternate wall design

Our approach is based on site visits and our familiarity with the site and PVSC.

Project Approach and Schedule 1


approach will save a considerable amount of construction time, both in installation and permitting. While we recognize that there are four separate projects as part of the Sandy mitigation effort, and that these four projects need to be completed simultaneously, completing the wall in a shorter timeframe should result in cost savings to PVSC.
Cost Minimization: The perimeter floodwall is being substantially funded by FEMA through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. And although the portion funded by PVSC is minimal, cost savings of any kind is always positive. Upon review of the conceptual drawings, we believe another approach to the wall design could result in significant savings to the overall project. These alternate approaches will be presented to PVSC for acceptance before initiating final design (see discussion regarding geotechnical and perimeter wall design under Task 3).

detailed phasing drawings, discussions, and 3D simulations, which were used as tools to satisfy a multitude of internal and external stakeholders.
Maximizing FEMA Reimbursables: From CIY and the current resiliency projects at PVSC, our team is very familiar with the requisite design team time reviews, payment audits, project recordkeeping, and use of American-made products that are required to maximize reimbursement for this project.
In summary, STV/MM is very familiar with all aspects needed to complete a project of this type and magnitude. Furthermore, our proposed team is not only working on a current PVSC resiliency/rehabilitation project, but just completed the design of several urban site floodwalls, including one for the Middlesex County Utilities Authority and the other for CIY of identical size and complexity.

Site Logistics: We must be cognizant of site issues as we prepare the design, including the close proximity of the wall area to underground utilities, property lines, and new drainage collection systems. To minimize the construction time, it is critical that design solutions are practical, flexible, and constructible, given existing constraints, both above and below grade. The data-gathering and survey phase must identify all obstacles, including those on the “known conflict list” and any others, so that alternate construction details can be provided at below-grade utilities or areas where the use of standard construction equipment is not possible. These situations occurred dozens of times on the CIY perimeter, and our team is very familiar with installations tight to adjacent properties, over utilities, and adjacent to new drainage collection systems.
Safety: PVSC staff and representatives of the design team will be present through many days of active construction conditions. Extensive communication is the key to safety. To that end, our team has supported PVSC for many years during construction projects to keep the Commission aware of construction activities, both ongoing and in the future, so that PVSC employees and workers are knowledgeable about any potential hazards. Of equal importance is the safety of PVSC’s staff after the perimeter wall is built. We will review with PVSC several ideas regarding ingress and egress at the various door and gate openings, with an emphasis on security and safety.
MOPO: A perimeter wall for an urban property is very different than an isolated suburban river barrier. This project will need to maintain large volumes of truck and barge traffic, not impede plant operations, consider adjacent property issues, allow for egress for emergency vehicles, comply with code egress requirements, and be coordinated with the other simultaneous storm-hardening projects. The CIY project tackled all of the same issues with

Task 1: Review and Compilation of Data
STV/MM will conduct a thorough field investigation, review, and assessment to verify and confirm documentation supplied by PVSC. Our team will review and field-verify the information provided by PVSC, including, but not limited to:
• Plans and specifications for prior construction contracts • Shop drawing records • Operation and maintenance records • Geotechnical and environmental boring data • Hydraulic load calculations • Completeness of above- and below-grade surveys
In addition, STV/MM has already reviewed the conceptual design report prepared for the overall flood control project. Initially, we have identified several items as areas where additional efforts could be required, including supplemental geotechnical investigations along with perimeter alignment of the wall to aid in optimizing the wall design; limited additional survey especially to locate buried utilities; limited hydraulic modeling; and pile installation inspection during construction. It is understood that PVSC does not want work on the design of the facility to proceed until PVSC has accepted any changes that may be proposed by the design team.
Task 2: Project Work Plan
No project as complex as this one can succeed without clear goals, thorough planning, and decisive leadership, while maintaining responsiveness and flexibility. We are committed to the delivery of an exceptional product within the approved schedule.

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