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This Week’s Highlight: BMS Upgrade for National Museum

Established in 1980, the National Museum of Australia researches our history, develops and maintains a national collection of historical material, and creates exhibitions and programs exploring our heritage.
The museum has developed a master plan to 2030 that delivers an inspired vision for the 21st century and beyond. The transformative plan aims to double the current exhibition space and greatly extend the range of public experiences in Canberra, across the nation, and around the world.
The museum’s current permanent exhibition space is located on Acton Peninsula and includes:
• permanent and temporary exhibition galleries providing approximately 6600m2 of temperature and humidity-controlled space
• the Grand Hall for major public events
• a 180-seat theatre
• temporary exhibition studios
• a café and retail premises
• space for education groups, members, exhibition preparation and maintenance, and storage.

Much of the Acton facility’s display of significant historical material and exhibits documenting Australia’s heritage and history is extremely sensitive. The facility has been operating for 23 years and still retains much of the original and building management system (BMS) infrastructure. This includes the existing mechanical-services only Honeywell BMS installed during construction.
The museum seeks expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced suppliers for the role of contractor to completely replace and upgrade the existing BMS at Acton.
This upgrade will address lifecycle problems and obsolescence of field componentry. It will also improve control functionality, building services visibility, and overall energy management and monitoring of the facility’s building engineering services.
The museum requires a fully standalone BMS that provides a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system and energy analytics. The aim is to fully integrate field plant and equipment as well as energy metering within the HVAC system.

A key element of the EOI is for the respondent to provide details of staffing levels and their ability to service systems within the Canberra region as well as the technical and operational support of the BMS supplier company. The museum intends to use a two-stage procurement process to select and appoint the contractor.

The first stage is the open market EOI to establish a short-list of potential tenderers. The second stage will be a limited request for tender (RFT) based on the short-list. Following the EOI/RFT, the museum intends to engage the successful tenderer under a design/construct contract for a fixed lump sum price. The targeted date for completion of all works is June 2025.

The museum requires EOI respondents to clearly demonstrate their experience in projects of an equivalent size, type, and complexity.

The closing time and date for responses is 5pm ACT local time on Friday 24 August 2023.

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