Project Bid Opportunities

Project Bid Opportunities

Construction Contract Projects for the Valley Center Municipal Water District are advertised and awarded in accordance with provisions of the Public Contract Code. Projects are advertised in Newspapers of general circulation in the area of the project and also in various Construction Trade Journals and Newsletters. Contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder as required by the Code. The following Construction Contracts are currently out for bid:



[Project No. 01-06-78-51304/01-06-78-51308]


Bid Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. 

Engineers Estimate:  $710,000

Addendums: There are no addendums for this project.

Information on obtaining Addendums, Plans, Specifications, and Contract Documents:

The Valley Center Municipal Water District (“District”) will receive sealed bids for the COUSER AND CIRCLE R RESERVOIR PAINTING AND RECOATING PROJECT at the office of the District Engineer no later than TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM which time or thereafter said bids will be opened and read aloud.  Bids received after this time will be returned unopened.  Bids shall be valid for 60 calendar days after the bid opening date.

The Project generally consists of the cleaning, structural repair, interior coating and exterior painting of Couser, a 91-foot diameter by 32-foot tall (base to roof) 1.5 million gallon above ground welded steel potable water reservoir and Circle R, a 23-foot diameter by 33-foot tall (base to roof) 0.1 million gallon above ground welded steel potable water reservoir and above ground piping including, but not limited to the following work components for each reservoir.  The contractor shall remove and dispose of the interior ladder and associated brackets, tabs, and all other components prior to coating.  Contractor shall remove existing center vents and screens on each reservoir prior to interior work and replace vent when complete.  Screens to be replaced by Contractor after completion of all painting and coating.  Contractor shall replace all existing earthquake straps/rods and associated nuts/bolts prior to interior coating on each reservoir.    Contractor shall remove existing weld splatter prior to coating or painting on each reservoir.  Existing conduits, radios, antennas, and other miscellaneous electrical and radio components on each reservoir will remain protected in place during Contractor’s work.  All electrical and radio components to be painted or protected as directed by District. Rafter replacement will be determined by District Staff after inspection blasts is performed. However, the bid should account for removal of all rafters. If it is determined that not all rafters require replacement, the District shall receive a credit. 

Contractor shall accomplish work on both reservoirs concurrently.  The contractor shall begin work on the Couser Reservoir upon receipt of the Notice to Proceed.  Work on Circle R Reservoir shall commence no later than forty-five (45) calendar days after beginning work on the Couser Reservoir.  All work in the contract shall be completed within NINETY (90) calendar days of the date of the Notice to Proceed.

MANDATORY Pre-Bid Conferences will be held at each site on the following date(s) and time(s): On TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 & 24, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Couser Reservoir, located at 10562 1/2 Camino Del Venado, Valley Center, CA, 92082 and from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Circle R Reservoir, located at 30006 Circle R Lane, Valley Center, CA 92082.   Bidders are NOT required to attend BOTH Pre-Bid Conference Dates.  The District is scheduling two meetings to accommodate potential conflicts in schedules that may arise with a single Pre-Bid Conference. Each and every Bidder MUST attend a Pre-Bid Conference.  Prospective bidders MAY NOT visit the Project Sites without making arrangements through the Project Manager. Bids WILL NOT be accepted from any bidder who did not attend a Pre-Bid Conference.

Bidders may examine the Contract Documents at the office of the Valley Center Municipal Water District, 29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center, California 92082 (Contact: Alberto Sandoval (760) 735-4577). Hard copy prints of Plans, Specifications, and Contract Documents can be ordered from Escondido Reprographics, Inc. 1130 Simpson Way, Escondido, CA 92029, Phone: (760) 745-8626.  Bidder is responsible for payment of all costs associated with acquiring plans and specifications from Escondido Reprographics, Inc.  Digital copies shall be made available only through Valley Center Municipal Water District offices.


Bids must be submitted on the District’s Bid Forms or copies thereof.


Bids must be accompanied by cash, a certified or cashier’s check, or a Bid Bond in favor of the District in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the submitted Total Bid Price.


Each bid shall be accompanied by the security referred to in the Contract Documents, the Non-Collusion Declaration, the list of proposed subcontractors, and all additional documentation required by the Instructions to Bidders.


The successful bidder will be required to furnish the District with a Performance Bond equal to 100% of the successful bid, and a Payment Bond equal to 100% of the successful bid, prior to execution of the Contract.  All bonds are to be secured from a surety that meets all of the State of California bonding requirements, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, and is admitted by the State of California. 


Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 22300, the successful bidder may substitute certain securities for funds withheld by District to ensure his performance under the Contract.

The Director of Industrial Relations has determined the general prevailing rate of per diem wages in the locality in which this work is to be performed for each craft or type of worker needed to execute the Contract which will be awarded to the successful bidder, copies of which are on file and will be made available to any interested party upon request at the Engineering office or online at  A copy of these rates shall be posted by the successful bidder at the job site.  The successful bidder and all subcontractor(s) under him, shall comply with all applicable Labor Code provisions, which include, but are not limited to the payment of not less than the required prevailing rates to all workers employed by them in the execution of the Contract, the employment of apprentices, the hours of labor and the debarment of contractors and subcontractors.

Pursuant to Labor Code sections 1725.5 and 1771.1, unless project that is exempt pursuant to the small project exemption specified therein, all contractors and subcontractors that wish to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, or enter into a contract to perform public work must be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations.  No bid will be accepted nor any contract entered into without proof of the contractor’s and subcontractors’ current registration with the Department of Industrial Relations to perform public work.  If awarded a Contract, the Bidder and its subcontractors, of any tier, shall maintain active registration with the Department of Industrial Relations for the duration of the Project.

This Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations.  In bidding on this project, it shall be the Bidder’s sole responsibility to evaluate and include the cost of complying with all labor compliance requirements under this contract and applicable law in its bid.

Each bidder shall be a licensed contractor pursuant to the Business and Professions Code and shall be licensed in the following appropriate classification(s) of contractor’s license(s), for the work bid upon, and must maintain the license(s) throughout the duration of the Contract:  A-1 General Engineering C-33, Painting and Decorating.  Applicator shall be SSPCQP1 certified.

All structural repair items that require welder certifications such as removal and replacement of roof rafters, center vent, earthquake rods, roof railing installation, etc. shall not be considered “incidental and supplemental” to the painting and coating work and therefore shall be completed by a properly licensed contractor or subcontractor containing A-1 General Engineering and or C-60, Welding License.

Award of Contract:  The District shall award the Contract for the Project to the lowest responsible bidder as determined from the base bid alone by the District.  The District reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any irregularities or informalities in any bids or in the bidding process.

For further information, contact the District Engineering Department at (760)735-4500 or