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.
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.