The Department of the Air Force will soon unveil its Comprehensive Construction and Engineering (C2E) contract vehicle, earmarked as the top overall architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) opportunity in 2024.

The Air Force could issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) as soon as February 2024 for this Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with a total estimated value of $15 billion over 10 years. The department will award approximately 27 contracts, with 15 specifically saved for small businesses, according to draft solicitation documents issued in June 2023.

Scope of Work

The C2E contract spans an extensive range of design, construction, and engineering activities, tailored to meet both the Air Force and allied customer requirements. The scope of this global initiative involves:

Diverse Construction and Engineering Services: With projects at various worldwide locations, the contract encompasses tasks from Design-Build (DB) to Design-Bid-Build (DBB) construction, alongside necessary construction-phase design services.

Wide Array of Work Classifications: Including Sustainment Maintenance, Repair, Restoration, Modernization, Minor and Military Construction, and more. C2E offers a breadth of opportunities across multiple domains.

Challenges of Remote and High-Risk Environments: Contractors may be required to provide comprehensive support at remote, austere, or high-risk sites, entailing meticulous planning and robust logistics capabilities.

Stringent Compliance Standards: All activities must adhere to a range of federal, state, local, and international laws and criteria, including Whole Building Design Guide, Unified Facilities Criteria, and other relevant guidelines.

Qualifications and Scoring

Past Experience

Offerors can submit a maximum of 36 work samples which will be scored based on various criteria, including the number of primary construction program areas supported at Department of Defense (DoD) installations, the total number of regions supported, and the total dollar value of the construction services projects.

The scoring criteria for small business set-asides specifically include points for work performed in different regions, outlying areas, austere, hostile, and contingency locations, among others. Points are assigned for experience in these various categories, with a maximum number of points available for each criterion.

Maximizing Points

For the C2E contract, small businesses must submit work samples that support DoD or non-DoD installations. The scoring for these work samples is based on their total dollar value, including any options. Specifically:

  • One point is awarded for each work sample with a value between $100,000 and $10.9 million.
  • Two points are given for each work sample valued between $11 million and $30.9 million.
  • Three points are allocated for each work sample in the $31 million to $50 million range.

Only work samples where the offeror was the prime contractor are eligible for scoring.

Documentation: Offerors must submit official contract documentation, including Performance Work Statements, Statements of Work, Contract Data Requirement Lists (CDRLs), etc. Importantly, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts or other similar contract vehicles are not acceptable as proof of past experience.

Why OST Global Solutions?

At OST, we have seasoned professionals who understand the nuances of Government contracts and price proposals, and we have extensive experience with maximizing scores on scorecard-based proposals.

Some of our services include:

Proposal Writing Expertise: We understand the Air Force’s requirements and can help you craft a winning proposal that addresses all aspects of the RFP.

In-depth Analysis: We dive into the RFP, understanding the specific needs and criteria, ensuring your proposal aligns with the Government’s expectations.

End-to-End Support: From the pre-proposal stage to the final submission, our team is with you every step of the way.

Ready to make the most of the C2E opportunity? Contact us today to schedule a free consultation on how OST Global Solutions can guide your path to a winning bid.

OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have experience supporting large, strategic bids like C2E We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to C2E consist of capture management, team identification/negotiation, proposal management, proposal writing, editing, and desktop publishing.

Contact us to discuss your bids, so we can help you develop a winning proposal.

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