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Posted: July 8, 2021

MCD seeking RFQ
for levee and trail project

The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) is requesting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from civil engineering consulting firms to perform survey, design services, bid/award technical support, and construction technical support for levee improvements and a multi-use trail on the DAYGML3 Levee in Dayton, Ohio.

About MCD

MCD protects communities in southwest Ohio from flooding, encourages water stewardship, and promotes the enjoyment of our waterways.

MCD is a regional agency –  chartered under Section 6101 of the Ohio Revised Code –  that provides a high degree of flood protection to 11 municipalities in the Great Miami River Watershed. This flood protection is accomplished by the action of five dry dams, storage areas known as retarding basins, channel improvements, and nearly 55 miles of levees. The levees work in conjunction with channel improvements.

The integrated system of dams and levees was built and is maintained with local funding. The dams are all non-federal structures, and the levees and channels are almost all non-federal structures. The levees are regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources under Section 1521 of the Ohio Revised Code and Section 1501 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

MCD also maintains around 30 miles of multi-use trails as part of its mission to promote recreation in the region’s river corridors.

Additional information about MCD may be found at



MCD inspects and maintains its levees to ensure the high level of flood protection for which the system was designed. Past inspections have found that concrete revetment along the DAYGML3 levee needs replaced.

The regional paved trail system was started by MCD in the 1970s in Dayton. It has since grown to over 330 miles of paved trails with about 30 of those managed by MCD. Regional planning efforts have shown that a new trail section is needed to improve the transportation options for the Greater Old North Dayton neighborhood.

Restoring damaged levee segments and constructing a new multi-use trail segment will improve the region’s resiliency.

MCD is seeking an engineering firm to perform design services for levee improvements and a new multi-use trail.


All work must be performed under the direction of a professional engineer registered in the State of Ohio.

The following are types of consulting services that will be required:

  • Detailed survey work
  • Property research
  • Geotechnical data review
  • Simple alternatives analysis to determine the best levee/trail typical section
  • Levee and revetment design
  • Recreational trail design
  • Technical support through the bid and award process including answering contractor questions
  • Technical support during and after construction including submittal review, periodic site visits by the engineer of record, and creation of as-built drawings

The scope of services will not include:

  • Geotechnical field work or investigations
  • Environmental sampling or analysis
  • Construction inspection services or project management

MCD will select engineering consultants for defined services based on qualifications as outlined Ohio’s Qualifications Based Selection Law, ORC 153.65–153.73. Each service agreement will include a Scope of Services defining the deliverable products, project schedule and meeting requirements. MCD may hold an interview with one or more consulting firms as part of the selection process. MCD intends to enter into negotiations with the preferred firm(s) regarding scope of work and fees. If an agreement on scope and fees cannot be reached, MCD will initiate negotiations with the next preferred firm(s).

General Qualifications

All firms submitting their qualifications must provide the information below:

  1. Firm name, mailing address, telephone number, web address (if applicable), name, and email address of contact person
  2. A brief (no more than one page per type of service) statement of interest and qualifications for each of the types of services that your firm is qualified to provide
  3. Discussion of firm’s specific abilities and expertise to provide the required professional services
  4. Discussion of firm’s qualifications related to project management skills and methodology to monitor project budgets
  5. Discussion of firm’s capacity and personnel resources to perform the types of services described in a timely manner
  6. A list of key personnel anticipated to be project team members, including detailed resumes and experience on similar projects
  7. Examples of recent related projects completed by the firm including discussion of unique knowledge, expertise, or experience offered by the firm for those projects
  8. At least five (5) references from other agencies or corporations, three (3) of which should be local, regional, or state government agencies, for which the firm has established a contract for a similar type of project. Reference information must include:
    1. Project name
    2. Name of owner
    3. Name and contact information of owner contact person
    4. Description of the firm’s involvement and services provided
    5. Firm’s key personnel assigned to the referenced project
  9. A description of the proposed methods and procedures to complete the scope of work and an estimate of time to complete.

Additional Considerations

This project is partially funded by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The grant is part of the Economic Adjustment Assistance FY2019 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity program.

The firm is encouraged to provide additional information that could assist MCD in determining which firm is best qualified for a specific service. This additional information could include but is not limited to:

  • Discussion of the firm’s familiarity with the requirements of federal grant funding of this type
  • Discussion of the firm’s familiarity with provisions of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code as they apply to dam and levee permitting


Firms that have a potential conflict of interest due to other contractual obligations may be precluded from performing work in the same area.


Design work is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2021. The alternatives analysis is to be completed in the fall of 2021. Ninety percent (90%) design plans are to be submitted to MCD in February of 2022. Final design plans are to be submitted to MCD in April of 2022. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2022.


The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) including all attachments and appendices should not exceed 20 pages. An electronic copy (PDF) of the SOQ is due to The Miami Conservancy District, Chief Engineer at the contact information below no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, July 30, 2021. Email acknowledgement of receipt will be provided. No late SOQs will be accepted.

Please note in the subject email, “DAYGML3 Levee and Trail.”

Questions regarding this RFQ should be made in writing to:

Don O’Connor, PE
Chief Engineer
The Miami Conservancy District