Request for Proposal: WWII Building Assessment in Peleliu Historic Landmark, Republic of Palau

29 Aug 2012 8:50 AM | Tess Davis (Administrator)
In keeping with the theme of LCCHP's Annual Conference --- From Plunder to Preservation: The Untold Story of Cultural Heritage, World War II, and the Pacific --- we are pleased to post the below opportunity:

Request for Proposal: WWII Building Assessment in Peleliu Historic Landmark, Republic of Palau

Contributed By: Sunny O. Ngirmang
Email The Author: sunnylw@hawaii.edu

Type: Contract – April 06-20, 2013

Position: Historical Architect

Offered by: Palau Historic Preservation Office and US National Park Service, Department of the Interior

General Information:

Performance Period: The work of this Scope of Work shall be performed from approximately October 01, 2012 through September 30, 2013.

Contracting Officer’s Representative: The contracting officer’s representative for this task order is Sunny O. Ngirmang.

Location: Field investigation specified in this contract will be located at
Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark, located 30 miles south of
Koror, Republic of Palau, in the Pacific. Access to the site will be provided
by the governor of Peleliu through the Historic Preservation Office of Palau.

Background Summary:

Peleliu Battlefield includes all of Peleliu Island which is in the southern Palau Islands. Peleliu is 30 miles south of Koror of the Republic of Palau, and 500 miles east of the Philippine Islands. It is six miles in length and two miles in width. Today, its people live primarily in two villages which were reconstructed after WW II, Klouklubed (the capital) and Imelchol, both near the north end of the island. The battle for Peleliu Island was the longest and one of the most hard-fought battles in the entire Central Pacific amphibious operations in World War II. In contrast to earlier combats where the Japanese had vainly attempted to annihilate the enemy on the beaches, Peleliu’s defenses were organized with the main line of resistance established inland, artillery and mortar fire registered on the beaches, and defenses skillfully arranged in depth in order to sustain resistance to an attack while destroying the enemy. Although the Japanese troops lost the battle, their new tactics enabled them to inflict heavy losses on American Marines and Army forces and to hold out for 74 days. Peleliu marked the conclusion of the Central Pacific drive toward the Philippines

Project Tasks:

This project will provide physical descriptions and condition assessments for seven building sites, some of which contain more than one structure (see attachment #1 for Building Descriptions). As part of this condition assessment the project will also provide preservation recommendations that will: (1) identify any safety concerns in need of immediate attention to insure visitor safety; (2) make recommendations for treatment that will arrest conditions that contribute to the continued deterioration of these structures; (3) make recommendations for treatments to these structures in their current ruin state that will provide for their long-term preservation and in meeting future interpretive desires; (4) make recommendations for treatment for the feasible reuse of one or more of these structures for visitor or community use (i.e. visitor center, classroom, exhibit space, administrative space).

Team members required for the execution of this project will include a historical architect and a structural engineer familiar with and experienced in similar project work. The project will be headed by the historical architect who will be responsible for the coordination of all project activities and production of the final report. The Historical Architect will also be responsible to subcontract with the structural engineer and coordinate their activities and incorporate their findings and recommendations in the final report. The qualifications for both the historical architect and engineer follow.

Required Qualifications/Selection Criteria:

Historical Architect will meet the Secretary Standard of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards. The applicant, employee, consultant, or advisor will have a State Government-recognized license to practice Architecture; provide documentation as evidence that meets the Professional Qualification Standards of 36 CFR 61.4, PLUS a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Architecture that enables professional judgments to be made about the evaluation, documentation, or treatment of historic structures in the United States and its Territories; AND products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation; OR a Masters of Architecture degree with demonstrable course work in Architectural Preservation, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation Planning, or a closely related field PLUS a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Historic Architecture that enables professional judgments to be made about the evaluation, documentation, or treatment of historic structures in the United States and its Territories; AND products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.

The Structural Engineer should have experience in the treatment of historic concrete resources located in tropical climates. The applicant, employee, consultant, or advisor will have a State Government-recognized license to practice civil or structural engineering, PLUS, a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of
engineering that enables professional judgments to be made about the
documentation or treatment of historic structures and machines in the United
States and its Territories; AND products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation; OR a Masters of Civil Engineering degree with demonstrable course work in Historic Preservation, for historic structures rehabilitation, PLUS a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Engineering that enables professional judgments to be made about the documentation or treatment of historic structures and machines in the United States and its Territories; AND products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.

Both the Historical Architect and Structural Engineer must be able to work in humid, tropical climate; walk/hike in relatively rough and rugged terrain; must be culturally sensitive and mindful of sacred spaces, cultural beliefs, and traditional chiefs and the local community.

How You Will Be Evaluated

The following set of knowledge, skills, and abilities have been identified as
being important to the performance of this position. Along with your resume,
please submit a narrative statement addressing your experience, knowledge, and ability with the following factors bulleted below. Include in your write-up such things as various work experiences that gave you the specific knowledge, skill, or ability, and objectives of your work, and evidence of your success (such as accomplishments, awards received, etc.)

1. Knowledge of the Secretary’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation (particularly the Secretary’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties). In addition, a professional Historical Architect has both theoretical knowledge and technical skill associated with preserving historic structures, and with the application of architecture theories, methods, and practices that enables professional judgments to be made about the evaluation, documentation, or treatment of historic properties in the United States and its Territories.

2. Knowledge of various Federal agency policies, procedures, regulations, and programs and experience in resolving conflicts between historic preservation requirements and other agency needs.

3. Negotiating skills and experience interacting effectively with a broad range
of individuals, including high-level officials, having varying degrees of knowledge regarding historic preservation.


Interested individuals must contact Ms. Ngirmang to obtain the FULL PDF Bidding Announcement that contains structure descriptions and photographs of the buildings to be assessed during this project.

CONTRACTING OFFICER’S REPRESENTATIVE

Sunny O. Ngirmang
Palau National Registrar
Bureau of Arts & Culture/Palau HPO
Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs
P.O. Box 100, Koror
Republic of Palau 96940

680-488-3361/2489 Phone
680-488-3594 Fax

bac_reg@palaunet.com and
sunnylw@hawaii.edu Email

PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY November 30, 2012

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL VIA EMAIL TO:

Ms. Sunny O. Ngirmang at sunnylw@hawaii.edu and bac_reg@palaunet.com

A complete proposal should include:

1. Cover letter

2. CVs of key personnel

3. Detailed budget

APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY December 30, 2012


 
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