RE: Catawba River Water Treatment Plant Upgrade for Lancaster County Water & Sewer District / Union County, SC


Wharton-Smith, Inc. is a General Contractor bidding on the above referenced construction project in Lancaster, South Carolina. Wharton-Smith, Inc. would appreciate any assistance you could give us in locating and soliciting subcontract/supplier bids from qualified MBE/WBE vendors for work on this project. Below is the Invitation to Bid we will utilize for this solicitation. If possible, we would appreciate you posting this announcement on your website and any other media, outreach, or recruitment outlet that is available to you for notification purposes. We would also appreciate your assistance in distributing the below ITB via email or fax to eligible minority companies from your local directory. We are interested in obtaining as many quotes as possible for participation on this project.


We kindly request that you provide us with a link or a printout of the advertisement that was posted online for our own documentation. If you were able to distribute the ITB via email or fax, please provide a listing of those companies and their contact information so that we may follow up with them. I have attached a PDF version of the information below for your use.

Wharton-Smith, Inc. Charlotte Water/Wastewater Estimating Department

MBE / WBE Invitation to Bid - Catawba River Water Treatment Plant Upgrade for Lancaster County Water & Sewer District / Union County, SC

Wharton-Smith is a general contractor who is soliciting proposals from State of North Carolina and South Carolina HUB, DOT, DOA, & SBA MBE and WBE certified subcontractors & suppliers for the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant Upgrade for Lancaster County Water & Sewer District / Union County, SC. This project is scheduled to bid on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Please submit your proposed scope of work to us at least 24 hours prior to the bid date & your firm pricing for that scope of work to us by 8:00 am on bid day. Proposals may be emailed to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , faxed to 704-525-5697 &/or phoned in to 704-525-5695 x5301.

Bidding documents are available for free download via If you would like to receive a copy of the Plans, Specs, & Addenda, please email your request including your company’s name & contact information to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 704-525-5695 x5301. Please be sure to provide the project name in the subject line. Upon receiving your email, we will send you an Invitation-to-Bid, which provides a link to the project The iSqFt website will provide instructions on how to log in & view or download the bidding documents. Please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Sampson at 704-525-5695 x5301 with any questions you might have regarding the use of the "iSqFt" website. Please feel free to contact us should you need assistance reviewing the Contract plans & specs. Bidding Documents are also available for viewing at our Charlotte division office located at 5601 Seventy Seven Center Drive, Ste. 120, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please call ahead to ensure someone is available to assist you at 704-525-5695.

Project Scope of Work: The Project includes the construction of new flash mix, new membrane treatment including equipment and building, new sludge thickener and pump station and all additional equipment site work, piping, electrical, mechanical, and instrumentation as required. Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a lump sum basis.

Anticipated areas of work that will be subcontracted for this project are:  Surveying, Material Testing, Hauling, Sitework (Excavation & Fill, Clearing, Dewatering, Earthwork & Grading, Seeding, Landscaping, Manholes, and Paving) Concrete (Cast-In Place and Concrete Reinforcement), Masonry, Metals(Structural Steel, Metal Deck, Metal Fabrications and Aluminum Railing) Woods, Plastics and Composites (Rough Carpentry and FRP Launders, Weird and Baffles) Thermal and Moisture Protection (Membrane Waterproofing, Cementitious Waterproofing, Building Insulation, Exterior Insulation, Slab Vapor Retarder, Metal Roof and Wall Panels, Flashing and Sheet Metal and Joint Sealants) Openings (Aluminum Doors and Frames, Access Doors, Aluminum Rolling Overhead Doors, Finish Hardware, Louvers and Vents) Painting, Specialties (Identification Devices, Signage and Fire Protection Systems) Pre-Engineered Buildings, Plumbing, HVAC, Process Piping, and Electrical.

If your company requires our help to establish a specific scope of work, which is economically feasible & realistic for your company, and/or if you feel a scope of work is too large for your firm to handle individually, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please advise us should your company require special accommodations with payment terms, bonding, or insurance in order to provide pricing for this project. Depending on the type of subcontract work, we may also be able to waive subcontractor bonding requirements to make it easier for your company to quote the work. We can also provide assistance to qualified minority businesses in need of equipment, loan capital, lines of credit, or joint pay agreements to secure loans, supplies, or letters of credit, including waiving credit that is ordinarily required. If establishing loan capital or lines of credit to purchase materials to be installed on this project is an impediment to your company bidding work, we will gladly work with your material suppliers to set up joint check agreements or assist in obtaining the same unit pricing as our suppliers to enable you to bid this project.

Wharton-Smith, Inc. will offer "Quick Pay Commitment" to all MWBE’s to assist qualified minority businesses with their cash flow, which means a commitment to pay MWBE’s within 20 days after the Contractor confirms that the work has been performed & completed properly. Should the terms of this policy be unacceptable for your company, we will gladly negotiate terms; however these agreements should be complete prior to bid date.

Wharton-Smith, Inc. is willing to review any responsible quote & will negotiate terms, if appropriate.  Any other questions regarding this project may be directed to Danielle Sampson, 704-525-5695 x5301 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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