RFP – HVAC System Improvements at DPW

July 16, 2021


The City of Muskegon is seeking proposals from interested consulting engineers to provide inspection, review of facilities, and design related to improvements of the HVAC system at the City’s DPW building located at 1350 E Keating.

Over the years, the HVAC system at DPW has been modified several times. The city has been dealing with poor heating and cooling issues for some time. The City would like a review of our current system; along with known problems and issues; and a recommended solution, including design, size and layout of plumbing, size of proposed units and/or air handlers, and estimated cost of improvements. Final documents provided to the City should be in a manner in which the City is able collect bids for the installation work.

The City will make available the original blue prints for the Department of Public Works building. Attached are pages from the plans, showing the areas of concern. Main areas of concern are as follows:

  • Breakroom/Lunch room and men’s locker room area: This area is controlled by two units, one of which does not have AC, therefore the men’s locker room (including bathroom and shower areas) are not air conditioned but does have constant air flow. The AC that is located here, does not cool properly nor does it heat properly.
  • Women’s locker room: heated by a constant heating system and variable air exchanger. This area sees little use and the current system is not efficient for the use of the area.
  • Office areas highlighted in green: These areas do not have an air handling unit and are heated and cool by individual mini-split units. These units are nearing the end of their expected life and are not efficient.

It is the City’s intent to replace or add air handling units under the direction of the selected contractor. The City will most likely have to add this expense in future budgets and may have to post pone the actual work until future dates.

City of Muskegon will host a site meeting (non-mandatory) on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 10:00 am (at DPW building, 1350 E Keating Ave) to answer questions and review the project site.  Questions submitted to Joel Brookens via email ( prior to Friday, July 30 at 4:00 pm will be accommodated prior to the bid opening.  Requests received after that date will be accommodated pending staff availability.

Subcontractors, if any, shall be approved by the Project Manager prior to acceptance on this contract and shall bound by these specifications.  It is the responsibility and duty of the contractor to verify that the subcontractor meets all conditions.  The contractor shall furnish any subcontractor’s proof of insurance meeting city requirements.

Construction shall be per applicable industry and City of Muskegon standards and shall comply with all applicable City of Muskegon policies and procedures.

RFP – HVAC System Improvements DPW [PDF]

DPW Building Plans Marked [PDF]