DISCLAIMER

 

07-0338R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY OFFICIALS TO CONTRACT WITH FVB ENERGY, INC., FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES IN COMPLETING A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CREATION OF A COOLING WATER DISTRICT BY DULUTH STEAM UTILITY DISTRICT ONE (TO INCLUDE THE DULUTH ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION CENTER (DECC) AND DOWNTOWN DULUTH) FOR AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $20,350.

BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:

     RESOLVED, that city officials are authorized to contract with FVB Energy, Inc., for professional engineering services in preparing and conducting a study to determine the feasibility of having Duluth Steam Utility District 1 create a cooling water district to serve the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and several Downtown Duluth buildings, based on the request for proposal (RFP) specifications and the consultant’s fee not to exceed $20,350, payable from the Steam Fund 540, Department/Agency 920, Organization 1493, Object 5310. This agreement is to be substantially in the form of Public Document No. ____________ on file in the office of the city clerk.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes a professional engineering services contract with FVB Energy, Inc., to determine the feasibility of a district cooling system for the DECC and Downtown Duluth in an amount not to exceed $20,350 to be paid from the steam fund.


The city has determined that the present use of several air-cooled chillers, city water and “ice plant” refrigeration units is no longer adequate or cost effective. For this reason, Duluth Steam would like to create a district cooling system now in anticipation of future DECC expansion. In addition, several building owners in Downtown Duluth have expressed interest in joining a district cooling system.


DECC/Downtown Cooling District Study

RFP No. 07-0134

Requisition No. 07-0134

Requests for Proposal (RFPs) opened March 27, 2007

Consultant Name

RFP Base
Amount

Bluewater Mechanical, Inc., Duluth, MN

$ 9,750

FVB Energy, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

$20,350

LHB, Inc., Duluth, MN

$21,792

Barr Engineering Company, Duluth, MN

$29,900


The Duluth Steam Cooperative Board of Directors decided to accept the proposal from FVB Energy, Inc., over any other for the following reasons:

     (a)  FVB is a larger firm and can extract expertise from peers;

     (b)  FVB is an international firm that specializes in central heating and cooling facilities;

     (c)  The DECC administration supports FVB completing the study;

     (d)  FVB would apply part of the fee they charge for the proposal of the final design if the system is built;

     (e)  Bluewater could not do the follow-up design.