​​Montgomery Whitewater PROJECT

Sub-Contractor Informational Workshop

Questions/Ansewers


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*Answers, unless otherwise noted, are provided by Jeffrey Gustin/SWDG and are not intended to represent the

Montgomery County Community Cooperative District. 


What are the subcontractor bonding requirements? Specific bonding requirements have not yet been identified but will be made available prior to the solicitation of sub-contractor RFP’s. 

How do subcontractors get access to plans? All parties who registered on the project app (app.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com) will be notified as plans become available. Non-registered parties can email their interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com, again, interested parties will be notified as plans become available. 


Will there be access to the river? Yes, our development and operations contract requires public access to the river. To the extent possible, river access will be maintained where access is currently enjoyed. However, due to the extent of the project, there will be safety controls throughout construction, it is expected that river access may be limited or terminated during limited intervals to maintain a safe working environment. 

If the channel system floods, will the excess water go into the river? Any rain that falls into the channel will stay in the channel system. There is 12” of freeboard from the top of the water to the top of the channel; therefore, we have 12” of “storage” for large rain events. If this storage is exceeded, there is an overflow storm drain that will discharge excess water to the municipal sanitary storm system. 

Are there any opportunities for transportation contracts (ie shuttle service)? 
Currently, our focus is on construction and pre-operational issues. It is our intention to hold future workshops that focus on operational needs. We are certainly open to these types of opportunities in the future.

Are there any small business or socio-economic set asides? 
We have a 30% initiative for M/WBE participation with no specific SBA initiatives. Sub-contracts will be awarded on qualifications and competitive pricing with a focus on meeting the stated M/WBE initiatives. 

Is there a way to know who is on the call so there might be opportunities for small businesses to exchange information for the purpose of collaboration? Due to privacy concerns, we are unable to provide the names and contact information for those individuals and businesses who participated in the workshops. However, we will provide the name and contact information for the selected general contractor when selected and available. 

What are the next steps at the conclusion of the workshops? All parties who registered on the project app (app.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com) will be notified as RFPs and plans become available. Non-registered parties can email their interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com, again, interested parties will be notified as RFP’s and plans become available. We anticipate civil related trades, ie. earthwork, utilities, etc will be solicited as early as the end of April, mid-May 2021, with channel and building trades in June/July 2021. 




What have the bonding requirements been on previous whitewater projects? Bonding requirements have varied per project. The USNWC was built privately, with the general contractor bonding the entire project, thereby making its own decision on sub-contracting bonding. Conversely, OKC was a city-funded project and subject to strict bonding guidelines which required all sub-contractors and trades to be fully bonded. As for the Montgomery Whitewater project, specific bonding requirements have not yet been identified but will be made available prior to the solicitation of sub-contractor RFP’s.

Do interested subcontractors need to wait until the general contractor is released before sub-contractors can reach out to bid the project? Yes, aside from a few owner equipment procurements, all sub-contracting will be through the selected single-prime general contractor. 

Once the general contractor is awarded, how do sub-contractors find out publicly who the general contractor is? All parties who registered on the project app (app.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com) will be notified when a general contractor is selected and when RFPs and plans become available. Non-registered parties can email their interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

Is the general contractor responsible for purchasing furniture and fixed equipment (FF&E)? No, FF&E unless fixed or specifically assigned to the general contractor will be handled by S2o/SWDG, inquiries can be made at info@swdgmontgomery.com.

Who is the owner of the project? The project is owned by the Montgomery County Community Cooperative District (MCCCD). The Montgomery County Community Cooperative District is a cooperative district formed in accordance with Alabama law that has three members, the Montgomery County Commission, the Montgomery County Public Building Authority and the Montgomery County Community Local Redevelopment Authority.  MCCCD is governed by a board of directors, who are elected by the three MCCCD members.

Will bids be through the stars procurement system? Bids will be posted and advertised in as many ways as possible. All parties who registered on the project app (app.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com) will be notified when a general contractor is selected and when RFPs and plans become available. Non-registered parties can email their interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

Is there a structure in place, on the Owner’s side, for project management and oversight? Yes, MCCCD has its own management team and board of advisors. SWDG is under contract with MCCCD to perform the roles of program management, developer, and operator of the project. 

Is there any local participation within any discipline that S2o/SWDG is performing? Yes. S2o Design and Engineering, who specializes in whitewater design, is the prime designer and has contracted with specialized local consultants preforming supporting architecture and engineering; specifically, Goodwyn Mills Cawood for civil engineering and landscape architecture and Skipper Consulting for traffic engineering. 

How do interested general contractors become considered for future phases? Submit your qualifications, contact information, and letter of interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

If a subcontractor was awarded a scope of work, could he collaborate with a general contractor or does it have to be a sub-contractor? All work will be required to hold applicable licenses and stated bonding thresholds. It will be permissible for sub-contractors to partner with other contractors but all work, will be sub-contracted, unless specifically noted, with the selected single prime general contractor.  

How may I discuss my consultation services relative to minority business recruitment for the project? M/WBE participation within this project is very important to us. Please submit your qualifications, contact information, and letter of interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

Will surveillance, security, telecom, and AV work be selected by the general contractor? No, similar to all FF&E, unless specifically assigned to the general contractor, all surveillance, security, telecom, and AV will be handled by S2o/SWDG, inquiries can be made at info@swdgmontgomery.com

Who may I contact about offering my surveillance, security, telecom, and AV services? Please submit your qualifications, contact information, and letter of interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

How may I reach out to offer my services for Building Information Modeling and 3D Coordination Management for the project? I would also like to offer monthly drone and video services. Please submit your qualifications, contact information, and letter of interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

How may I get plans specifically for individual buildings? In your presentation there were square footages for each building, and we would like to have a set of plans to identify finishes that may fall under our scope of work for the site. All parties who registered on the project app (app.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com) will be notified as plans become available. Non-registered parties can email their interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com, again, interested parties will be notified as plans become available. 

My business focuses in many different areas. Will you be limiting your notifications to just the industries that I selected when I registered on the app? No. Everyone who registered through the app will receive all construction-related notifications through email. The general contractor will also advertise bid opportunities, etc, in as many ways possible, not just through the app email communication. 

How may I solicit my marketing/advertising/creative services business to the project? We are currently under contract with a marketing/advertising firm which specializes  Whitewater/Outdoor adventure marketing. However, we anticipate that future marketing/creative needs will arise. Please submit your qualifications and contact information to info@swdgmontgomery.com and we will put your information in a future contact database.

How may I solicit my business to the Owner (MCCCD)? SWDG accepts all  business solicitations on behalf of the MCCCD. Please submit your qualifications, contact information, and letter of interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

I do not work for a sub-contractor, but am looking for work. How may I get in touch with other sub-contractor’s for job opportunities? SWDG and the general contractor will be holding future job fair/ training workshops where job opportunities will be outlined. Please submit your contact information and trades you are interested in working with to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

Will a bidder’s list be made available for each sub-contracting opportunity? Yes. SWDG and the selected general contractor will maintain a bidder’s list available for all interested parties. Please submit your contact information and trades you are interested in working with to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

When is the general contractor getting released? We will be making an announcement on the selection of the general contractor within the next few weeks, most likely by early May. 

What type of insurance will be required of subcontractors? 
All subcontractors will be required to secure project minimum insurance requirements including workmen’s compensation, employer’s liability, commercial general liability, commercial automobile liability and excess liability coverage. Specific terms and limits will be provided with subcontractor RFPs. 


Who are the members of the Montgomery County Community Cooperative District? To request this information please send a letter to:

Montgomery County Community Cooperative District
Attn: Florence Cauthen, Secretary
101 S. Lawrence Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Please note that SWDG accepts all business solicitations on behalf of the MCCCD. Please submit your qualifications, contact information, and letter of interest to info@swdgmontgomery.com.