Multi-Step Invitation for Bid (IFB) IFB131004 for Solicitation of Design-Build Contractors for Architect-Engineer and Construction Work on the Pan-STARRS PS1 Installation

The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) on behalf of the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PanSTARRS) office of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy is initiating a multi-step process to select a qualified offeror of Architect-Engineer and Construction Design-Build services for the development of its prototype telescope PS1 located on Haleakala, Maui.

The Design-Build scope of the work will be 1) the development of architectural and engineering plans and specifications from existing site studies and science mission requirements necessary to perform required construction, and 2) the completion of the construction work which includes, but is not limited to, the partial demolition and structural and interior renovation of the existing Lunar Ranging Experiment (LURE) facility; renovation of bathroom and kitchen facilities; repaving of driveway; engineer, furnish and install electrical, lighting, plumbing, and cooling systems; and site development and installation of telescope structural pier and enclosure foundation. Construction work performed on this project will be subject to significant constraints resulting from the observatory's location in a conservation district. The project is expected to commence no later than March 2005 and be completed by October 2005.

The first phase of this process will be to select the three best qualified offerors based on the following factors: 1) technical approach (but not detailed design or technical information); 2) specialized experience and technical competence; 3) capability to perform; 4) past performance of the offeror's team (including the architect-engineer and construction members) at working on observatory projects within conservation districts; and 5) any other appropriate factors (excluding cost). After evaluating the first phase technical statements, the Pan-STARRS project office shall select the three best qualified offerors to participate in the follow-on second phase acquisition process.

Offerors of Architect-Engineering and Construction Design-Build services interested in bidding on this work should submit a first phase technical statement expressing interest and a list of their qualifications to the five factors above to the address below by 4:00pm December 10, 2004. Or this information can be faxed to (808) 988-8972 or emailed to

David Hafner
Pan-STARRS Project Systems Engineer
Manoa Innovation Center, Suite 290
2800 Woodlawn Dr.
Honolulu, HI  96822

Those judged qualified by the Pan-STARRS project office will be notified by Wednesday, December 13, 2004. The second phase will consist of a two step process. During the first step, a pre-bid package including design drawings, proposed specifications, and scope of work will be distributed to qualified second phase offerors. In the two week period following the issuance of the pre-bid package to the second phase finalists, the Pan-STARRS project office will conduct a pre-bid conference and offer site visits on an individual basis with each of the finalists. The project invites the qualified offerors to conduct discussions on the proposed specifications and scope of work to facilitate understanding and clarification of the specifications and scope of work during this period. On or about January 5, 2005, the Pan-STARRS project office will conduct the second step and issue the final and completed Invitation for Bid IFB131004. Responses to the IFB131004 will be due January 31, 2005, 4:00 pm. Questions about this solicitation process can be answered by calling (808) 988-8966 or by email to