Two-Stage Request for Supplier Qualification (RFSQ) Guide

Build Nova Scotia believes in a province where businesses, small and large, emerging and established, all have an opportunity to prosper. To this end, we strive to partner with those who are commonly focused on adding to the economic and social fabric of Nova Scotia while delivering best value to residents and visitors alike. We are equally excited to collaborate with those who represent the best of our province in an authentic, responsible, and sustainable manner.

To support this goal, Build Nova Scotia has established a new Two Stage RFSQ (https://procurement-portal.novascotia.ca/tenders/BNS-2324-0001) for the provision of Goods, Services (Professional and Operational), and Construction. It replaces former Develop Nova Scotia’s Two-Stage RFSQs for Professional Services (DNS-1920-0003 and 0034) and for Operations and Maintenance Service & Support (DNS-2021-0041). It should be noted, those already prequalified under these tender processes do not need to prequalify again.

This procurement tool allows Build Nova Scotia to prequalify proponents into specific Categories of Service, to leverage enhanced financial call-up thresholds, and to significantly reduce the tendering timeline. Our RFSQ is open for year-round onboarding as we are always looking for new partners. A proponent need only provide a short company profile to procurement@buildns.ca that clearly identifies the Categories of Service you seek pre-qualification under and why your organization is positioned to partner with Build Nova Scotia in that category. You also need to provide a completed and signed Appendix B Submission Form https://buildns.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/DNS-2021-0041-17.pdf.

Questions related to these guidelines should be directed to the Director, Operations and Procurement at todd.brayman@buildns.ca.

Our Categories of Service are as follows (please note, some categories overlap commodity groups).

Goods

  • Building supplies (property and marine related)
  • Cleaning and paper products
  • Office furniture
  • Promotional apparel and materials
  • Recreational and playground equipment, supplies, and maintenance
  • Site furnishings and fixtures (including but not limited to the supply and or installation of seating, tables, shades, lighting, waste receptacles, planters, heating elements, outdoor & indoor furniture, and decorations)
  • Stationery supplies

Professional Services

  • Accessibility and ergonomic assessments and evaluations
  • Accounting services, including software services and support
  • Advertising
  • Archeological services
  • Architectural design
  • Cellular network project services
  • Civil engineering
  • Coastal engineering
  • Community engagement
  • Cyber security hardware, software, services, and support
  • E-Procurement software services and support
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Event management
  • Fire protection engineering
  • HR consulting
  • GIS mapping
  • Graphic design
  • Imagery services and support
  • Inspection, testing and laboratory analysis
  • Interior design
  • Internet project
  • Landscape architecture
  • Maintenance management software service and support
  • Management consulting
  • Marina management software service and support
  • Marine contracting
  • Marine engineering
  • Marketing
  • Master planning
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Multi-media production
  • Network engineering
  • OHS evaluation and services
  • Pre-investment feasibility studies
  • Project management software service and support
  • Property appraisal
  • Property brokerage
  • Public engagement and consultation
  • Public relations and communications
  • Quantitative and qualitative MR
  • Quantity surveying and cost estimating
  • Recreational planning services
  • Ship’s agency and consultancy
  • Social media and digital content
  • Structural engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Translation
  • Urban planning and design
  • Web design
  • Writing

Operational Services

  • Asphalt installation and repair
  • Black and grey water removal, and potable water provision (by truck)
  • Boat maintenance and repair
  • Building and public space custodial, cleaning, waste service and support (indoor and outdoor)
  • Crane and boom truck
  • Disaster restoration
  • Diving (including but not limited to inspections and surveys, pile cleaning and hull cleaning)
  • Drone services and support
  • Fire protection services, equipment, and support
  • Graffiti removal
  • Heavy machinery (including but not limited to grating, excavation, tilt load, hauling, and power generation)
  • Landscaping installation and upkeep
  • Locksmithing and related hardware
  • Metal installation, maintenance, and repair (including but not limited to sandblasting, welding, and replacement)
  • Moving and delivery services and support
  • Network cabling and IT infrastructure installation and repair
  • Parking equipment provision and service, enforcement, and management systems
  • Parking lot line painting
  • Permanent and temporary fencing installation, rental, and repair
  • Pest and wildlife control
  • Playground installation and repair
  • Portable toilet rental and servicing
  • Pressure washing
  • Scaffolding installation
  • Security (including but limited to physical, equipment, and electronic monitoring)
  • Sign production and installation
  • Security and safety equipment, services, and support
  • Snow removal
  • Solid waste and recycling services and support
  • Special event services and support (including but not limited to power, lighting, sound, stage, talent, volunteers, ticketing, traffic, seating and tables, and canopies and tents)
  • Temporary and or semi-permanent infrastructure (including but limited to containers, modular and or portable office, working, and storage)

Construction

  • Boiler installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Construction Innovation Consultation Services
  • Construction Sustainability Consultation Services
  • General construction contracting, maintenance, and repairs (including but limited to doors, electrical, flooring, framing, HVAC, insulation, painting, plumbing, siding, roofs, and windows)
  • Marine Infrastructure construction, maintenance, and repair (including but not limited to provision and or repair of all related wharf & floating dock materials)
  • Public Space construction, maintenance and repair (including but not limited to hardscaping, landscaping, timber construction, and any associated mechanical/electrical infrastructure)
  • Strategic Construction Consultation Services

** Maintenance and repair requirements to be tendered as a service

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