Request for Proposals (RFP) for Evaluation and Design of Laboratory Washroom

The Orange County Water District (OCWD) is soliciting proposals from consultants that OCWD has determined as potentially qualified to provide design services related to laboratory equipment.

The OCWD Philip L. Anthony Advanced Water Quality Laboratory opened its doors in 2009. Over the course of 13 years of use, the existing lab washroom benchtops, sinks, and cabinetry built of primarily stainless-steel have significantly degraded over time and is rusting throughout. Additionally, the current design of washroom cabinetry provides an insufficient level of storage space, which staff currently supplements by utilizing mobile stainless-steel carts that have also corroded over time. These stainless-steel surfaces and carts need to be replaced with chemically resistant surfaces that can withstand the conditions of the lab’s day to day workflow. These surfaces need to be evaluated and the consultant must provide recommendations on materials and redesigns of existing structures as necessary.

Beyond the stainless-steel surfaces that need replacing, potential safety concerns related to the corrosion need to be assessed and addressed as part of the redesign of this washroom. Evaluation of ventilation and safety eyewash/showers needs to be conducted to determine whether existing conditions meet all Cal-OSHA safety requirements. Should it be determined that current capabilities are not sufficient to meet necessary safety requirements, redesign specifications must be recommended by the consultant.

OCWD desires to relocate one of the three existing sinks within the lab washroom to maximize available space and provide an optimal workflow for lab staff. These considerations should be accounted for in the consultant’s proposal.

The consultant awarded this agreement will be responsible for the evaluation of the existing laboratory washroom and required to provide biddable plan sheet(s) and specifications based on the scope of work below. Awarding of this evaluation and design agreement does not indicate the consultant is to be awarded the contract to perform construction of this project. However, award of the evaluation and design services does not preclude the consultant from being able to bid on the construction contract.

Scope of Work:

  • Perform an evaluation of existing stainless-steel cabinetry and equipment (such as fume hoods, mobile carts, etc.). Utilize a Certified Industrial Hygienist (or equivalent) to perform a workflow optimization assessment to determine needs and recommend redesign specifications to meet all necessary safety requirements.
  • Provide technical specifications for new equipment such as fume hoods, safety eye wash and showers, etc.
  • Provide plan sheet(s) for new layout and equipment.
  • Provide Class IV cost estimate.

A pre-bid meeting is scheduled to take place on-site on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 for consultants to view the lab washroom being evaluated, take measurements as needed, and ask questions. Attendance at the pre-bid meeting is not mandatory, but any prospective bidders will be responsible for knowing all relevant information related to the scope of work described above.

Contact Prem Parmar with questions at (714) 378-3339 or

Quotes are due by 10:00 a.m. on May 20th, 2022 via email,

For complete RFP, click on Request for Proposals for Evaluation and Design of Laboratory Washroom.