Status Report

KSC Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) Debris and Cleanup Services

By SpaceRef Editor
January 15, 2005
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General Information

Solicitation Number: RFI-USAFL-CW-2005-01
Reference Number: N/A
NAIS Posted Date: Jan 14, 2005
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 14, 2005
Response Date: Jan 28, 2005
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
Internet Address:

Office Address

United Space Alliance (USA), 600 Gemini Avenue, Houston, TX 77058


Purpose of Request for Information (RFI): United Space Alliance (USA), LLC, through its offices located at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) – Florida, is seeking sources capable of providing the requirement described herein.

Technical Requirements Description: USA processes, launches, operates/controls, recovers and modifies the Space Shuttle Orbiter Fleet. One of the major buildings used in these operations is the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). USA is looking for sources to perform unique outside building services that include working at heights. The following is a summary of these requirements.

Description of Task – Furnish all labor, equipment, materials, except Government Furnished Property (GFP), and services to schedule, coordinate, supervise, and provide quality control for the removal and cleaning of bird droppings and debris on the VAB horizontal doors and canopy areas as defined herein and by related KSC Standards & Specification(s). The KSC Standards & Specifications document referenced herein may be obtained from the NASA Headquarters Library and is available to the public at the following website address: . Specifically, the subcontractor shall be knowledgeable of NASA-STD-8719.9 – Lifting Devices & Equipment Standards as it relates to this technical requirement. Cleanliness shall be of a level that removes all bird droppings, debris and stains from the steel deck, I-beams and walkway surfaces across the top of the VAB doors. The VAB work area is primarily the high bay horizontal door consisting of four (4) panels forming the lower portion of the high bay door assembly. There are a total of sixteen (16) horizontal door panels (@ 2,200 square feet) and four (4) canopy rooms (@ 3,550 square feet); the total area to be cleaned is approximately 5,750 square feet. Work support may be required for various work shifts but will not require work around the clock. Sources will be allowed to inspect the areas to be cleaned and propose the best method of cleaning.

Housekeeping/Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Awareness & Prevention – Protect the areas outside of the workspace from FOD. Debris shall be removed so as not to contaminate personnel, flight hardware, flight support equipment, or the lower levels directly below the areas being cleaned. USA personnel shall provide safety containers for any waste removal and will also be responsible for the transportation and disposal of said matter. Subcontractor shall cleanup and remove all tools and equipment used to accomplish work.

Special Conditions – There are many hazards pertaining to this work requirement. Sources shall fully understand these work requirements and the safety measures that are required to be in place. Work on elevated structures should be accomplished away from floor and wall openings, and any fall hazard areas. When work must be accomplished near these hazardous areas, personnel should be protected by guardrails and/or other protective equipment as outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1926, Subpart M.

Sources interested in this procurement may obtain more specific information regarding the VAB technical and work requirements from the USA point of contact (Ms. Catherine Walker).

Procurement Strategy: USA will solicit the participation of qualified sources. The period of performance and technical requirements are currently being defined for inclusion into a formal RFP package. USA anticipates the issuance of a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) within 30 – 45 days of release of this RFI. This RFI is for information and planning purposes only. This preliminary information does not constitute an RFP, Invitation for Bid, or Request for Quotation, and it is not to be construed as a commitment by USA to enter into a subcontract. This procurement is subject to review or cancellation at any time.

Statement of Capabilities and Qualifications: USA invites potential sources to submit a Statement of Capabilities and Qualifications document that will allow USA to conduct an assessment of capabilities and qualifications. The Statement of Capabilities and Qualifications document shall be no more than ten (10) pages (8.5″ x 11″) in length. The required information shall include, but not be limited to: (1) A brief description of your company, including its size, major products, and primary customer focus, (2) A discussion of your company’s past experience and performance in meeting the requirements described herein, and (3) A brief description of your company’s facilities, assets and any other available resources.

USA reserves the right to request supplemental information in order to clarify your company’s capabilities and qualifications. Only offerors deemed to be best qualified, or have a reasonable chance for award, will receive the RFP.

Firms interested in this procurement shall submit their Statement of Capabilities and Qualifications document no later than January 28, 2005 to the following address: United Space Alliance, LLC (USA), 8550 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920, Attention: Catherine Walker, Mail Code USK-360. Questions regarding this procurement may be referred to Ms. Walker as follows (Telephone: (321) 861-0063, Facsimile: (321) 861-5243, E:mail:

Point of Contact

Name: Francis V. Carlos
Title: Project Lead
Phone: (281) 282-3163
Fax: (281) 282-4096

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