​​Montgomery Whitewater PROJECT

Sub-Contractor Informational Workshop

Questions/Ansewers


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Montgomery County Community Cooperative District. 


How will the bid packages be broken down? Bid packages will be determined by the plans and specifications. Bid packages will be issued with a scope of work broken down into associated divisions providing and easy reference to the trades included in each bid package.

What is the anticipated start-time on the project once the bid packages are submitted and approved? Most of the work will begin first quarter of 2022, with material deliveries being as they are right now, we will want to get these under contract ASAP so long lead materials may be ordered. There is a lot of work to be done before we can get to some of the work in the packages we have discussed. General site work package will be one of the first things out of this group that gets under way.

What is the total duration of the construction for the project? Two years – with targeted grand opening Memorial Day 2023. 

Usually with long lead projects, there is a pre-bid meeting to make sure everyone is aware of opportunities available, will there be a pre-bid prior to issuance of drawings? Consider this meeting a pre-pre bid meeting. The design will be wrapping up some time in July and JESCO will most likely have an official pre-bid meeting for the packages to answer questions about specific packages. Our intention is to get work under contract so we can try to stay ahead of schedule. Much of this work will be on the back half of the project so there will be time to plan and coordinate. 

Will the email addresses from the sign in sheet be distributed? Communication will be a two-way street. JESCO will compile information and do everything they can to make sure everyone on the list knows what is going on with the bidding process. JESCO will issue information regarding invited prime bidders, however, due to privacy issues, the sign-in/email list will not be distributed.

What percentage are you in, in the design process and what percentage will you bid at? Structural, architectural, mechanical, and electrical drawings are 50-75% completed. Expecting 100% mid-July. JESCO’s intent is to not put the packages out until 100% design.

Has all of the land been acquired for the project? Yes.

When will design be complete? Mid-July.

As it relates to the 30% minority participation, does that include primes, or is that primes and subs? Minority participation goals apply to all prime and subcontractor work. The 30% percent participation goal is applied to the total construction budget. 

How long of a time-period will there be to get your bid in? JESCO will do their best to provide bidders with enough time to bid on the project. We do need to get the bid packages and award the bids ASAP to get some of the long lead time items ordered and tie down the price of the project.




Will you be publicly answering questions that are asked by other contractors during the bid process? JESCO will be transparent with that information. As the questions come in, they will be distributed to the appropriate prime contractors and it will be the prime’s goals to distribute to their vendors and contractors.  

Will JESCO be publishing data regarding to percent of business that is given to minority owned businesses, and if so, how frequently will they be publishing this data? This information is between JESCO and it’s client, the Montgomery County Community Cooperative District, it will be up to the client how/if they publish this data and at what frequency.

In regards to the earthwork and concrete flatwork, whose specifications will you use? Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for the civil work and Cloward H2O for the whitewater channel work. 

Will you distribute information regarding the bidding process and questions asked on a website? Yes, please refer to the project website: www.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com.

Is there a dollar amount that has been set aside for minority participation? There is nt dollar amount set aside, the 30% participation of the total project construction cost is the only minority goal. 

Will there be other future bidding opportunities for the operations?
 Yes, please continue to monitor the project website for future opportunities: www.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com.

Is the 30% goal based on total project cost or construction cost? 30% goal is based on construction costs. SWDG as the developer and operator, have a goal to extend that 30% into operations.

Will there be a pre-bid meeting once the plans are finalized and what is the timeline for that meeting?
Depending on the complexity of the packages there may be an in-person pre-bid meeting or a Zoom pre-bid meeting. The intent is that there would be a pre-bid for each of the prime packages. As far as timeline goes, late-July to August.

If you package the vertical portions of the project together, you sometimes eliminate most minority contractors, can you consider grouping buildings in smaller groups? JESCO will consider this as the packages are being assembled.

Is there a percentage goal for local contractors? 
There are no separate goals for hiring local contractors. However, we do want to hire as many local businesses as possible. For the minority contractors who are in need of assistance in registering business, the Small Business Development Center at Alabama State University is here to assist you.

Will so much focus on low bids be a disadvantage to minority businesses? As CMAR, JESCO will be responsible for project cost and project schedule. Second to that, the 30% minority participation goal is very important to the client and to JESCO. There are no parameters that JESCO is aware of that would require them to take the lowest bid.  Minority participation will be based on experience, value, and ability to do the work. We are looking for as best as possible, low, competent bid awards. The client is a cooperative district who falls within a state exemption for low-bid award. However, we will go out for low bid solicitation. It is JESCO and SWDG’s job to take the qualified bids to the client for solicitation and approval. 

Once you reach 30% participation, will minority business be allowed to bid on any other work? Yes, 30% is our goal but not our limit. 

Where do I submit any questions about construction? Submit any technical questions about the project to: Montgomerywhitewaterbids@jescoinc.net, JESCO will be directing your questions to prime contractors.

Does the project already have prime contractors? Yes. In order to meet our timeframe we have had a few prime contractors solicited and presented to the client for approval; demolition is one. We have recommended that the mass grading and utility contracts be broken out separately and negotiated. Likewise, we have a recommendation to negotiate the pump station concrete structure due to its specialized nature, however, we have quite a bit of work left that will be bid. 

Where do I submit questions about operations-side opportunities? Please continue to monitor the project website for future opportunities: www.montgomerywhitewaterproject.com, or email us at info@swdgmontgomery.com.

How do we contact the prime contractors that have been awarded? The demolition prime is the only contractor that has been awarded at this time and it is not public. No other contracts have been awarded yet. SWDG and the client will make an assessment on how we notify everyone about the other prime contracts that have been awarded. 

I was unable to attend the meeting last week regarding how to bid on the Montgomery Whitewater Project. Please send me the information that you require to bid and any other relevant project information? Thank you for your inquiries. By responding to info@swdgmontgomery.com you will be put in our database for this project and will be notified when the RFP’s are available. Please send your Capability Statement to this same address.

What will be the process of selecting transportation in regards to the trucking industry, hauling building materials and so forth? 
Interested subcontractors should forward their interest and qualifications to info@swdgmontgomery.com.

I am interested in this bid process. Is this limited to commercial contractors only? Yes, you must have the proper Alabama Contractor license that corresponds with the scope of work bidding.

For bid inquiries or to be added to the bidding list.
 By responding to info@swdgmontgomery.com, you will put in our database for this project and will be notified when the RFP’s are available. Please provide us your trade or scope and contact number.


 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.