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Request for Proposals:

Observatory Renovation/Upgrade

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Request for Proposal #NVCC-OBSERVATORY RENOVATION/UPGRADE-2017

Location: Waterbury, CT

The purpose of this request for proposals is to select a Contractor to renovate the dome of the observatory and upgrade the facility to allow data collection and remote observation for NVCC.

Release of RFP: December 19, 2017
Receipt of Questions: January 9, 2018
Answers Mailed: January 15, 2018
Proposal Due Date: January 29, 2018

Download Official RFP Documents    Download High Resolution Photos (43MB)

Scope of Work Summary:

See official RFP for details.

  1. Renovations to the Dome:
    • Weather-proofing of current Observa-Dome dome.
    • Replacement of dome drive motors that turn the dome and operate the shutter doors.
  2. Upgrades to the Dome:
    • New slip ring and conducting bars to allow the dome to rotate and provide power to the dome shutter.
    • New rain/snow/weather sensors so the dome will close itself during inclement weather.
    • New uninterruptable power supply so the dome is able to close in the event of a power outage.
    • New software to operate the dome and control the dome remotely.
  3. New telescope system to include:
    • 14 or 16 inch catadioptric/Cassegrain telescope.
    • A mount and pier stabilization/base plate/riser to ensure the telescope is stable enough for imaging and data acquisition.
    • A wide-field finder telescope for navigation and wide-field imaging.
    • Focusers for wide-field telescope for remote use.
    • An eyepiece set for manual viewing.
  4. Automation of new telescope system to include:
    • Focusers for the main telescope for remote use.
    • Focusers for the wide-field telescope for remote use.
    • A color CCD camera for deep sky imaging.
    • A monochrome CCD camera for magnitude measurements.
    • Software to control the telescope, telescope mount and CCD cameras remotely.
  5. Training
    • Training of NVCC representative(s) on dome, telescope, CCD camera, and software operation

Questions:

Questions for the purpose of clarifying the RFP must be submitted in writing to Naugatuck Valley Community College no later than January 9, 2018. Please email questions to Dr. Peter Angelastro at pangelastro@nv.edu.  Answers to all questions will be released on January 15,2018 to all proposers.

I have a question regarding your bid requirement of a UPS- is this just for the dome, or do you intend to have other items like the telescope and control computers on it as well? We would need to know the intended load to appropriately size the unit.

The main purpose of the uninterruptable power supply (UPS) is to close the dome in the event of a power outage. If the control computers require power to close the dome, particularly when the dome is being operated remotely, then the control computers should be on the UPS as well. The telescope does not need to be on the UPS.

Do you happen to have the estimated project value, a start date and any union requirements for the Renovation and Upgrades to Observatory Dome project?

There is no estimated project value, it will be based upon bids received, followed by available agency funds.

The approximate start date is Spring 2018, based on weather conditions.

Union requirements/prevailing wage rates shall only apply if the project exceeds $50,000.00

Can you please tell me if there will be any Furniture Requirements for this project?

There are no furniture requirements for this project

Can you please provide me with the bidder list for this project?

A bidder list won’t be available until after all bids are received on 1/29/18

May I please have the cost range or estimate?

The cost range shall be determined by the bids received and funds we will have available.

I did see all of the site photos provided which are great, however are there any formal plans/drawings to go along with this?

No, there are not formal plans or drawings.

The RFP identifies the due date and time as January 29th @2:30pm; however page 2 in paragraph 1 says January 17th. I assume this is a type but you can never be too sure.

Yes, this was a typo and it was corrected to reflect the correct date of January 29th, 2018 at 2:30pm.

I see no mention of a pre-bid meeting or site walkthrough; will there be one scheduled, and if so could you please provide me with the date/time?

There is no pre-bid meeting or site walkthrough.

Any bid bond requirements to accompany the proposal?

No

Is there an estimated value associated with this?

No. The cost range shall be determined by the bids received and funds we will have available.

Is there a plan holders list available on this?

A bidder list won’t  be available until after all bids are received on 1/29/18

Can you verify the site address on this?

Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT  06708

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