2 July 2019

Awarding of contract for construction of Ri.MED Center

Awarding of contract for construction of Ri.MED Center

Palermo – July 2, 2019.  Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center becomes a reality. Construction works to start by end of year: BRBC will open in 2022

The Board of Directors of the Ri.MED Foundation recently resolved the awarding of the contract for the construction of the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) to a temporary association of enterprises that includes Italiana Costruzioni S.p.A. (leading firm), Gemmo S.p.A. (principal), ISA S.p.A. (principal), and T.AM.CO. S.r.l., for a total amount of € 90.5 million.

The above association of enterprises ranked first in the official ranking of the restricted procedure. On June 3, during its last public session the Awarding Committee read the scores assigned to the technical improvements, opened the financial and temporal bids, and assigned the relevant scores. Adding up the three criteria (technical improvements, financial and temporal aspects), the Committee awarded the overall scores and drafted the final ranking, which was then read publicly.

The newly-established temporary association of enterprises, led by Italiana Costruzioni S.p.A., will therefore have the honor and responsibility to realize, within a period of 3 years, a major construction project of utmost importance in the history of Sicily and of the whole Mediterranean region. The 25,000-square-meter center will be built in Carini, Palermo, and will be key to turn Sicily into a translational “hub” for life sciences, guaranteeing the fast transferability of scientific results into clinical practice: a strategic role both from an economic point of view and for public health.

The upcoming start of construction work of the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) of the Ri.MED Foundation is the result of the hard work of Italian and US authorities. The aim is to create a research hub to break new ground and create new health care products, and at the same time to attract and support businesses in this sector,” said Prof. Bruno Gridelli, Ri.MED Vice President and UPMC International Executive Vice President. “The social and economic impact is going to have profound effects both in Sicily and in the rest of Italy. Many Italian scientists will have the opportunity to remain in or return to their country of origin, and work in one of the world’s most advanced research centers.”

The BRBC executive project was designed by an association of companies led by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum Inc., winner of the international design competition, and approved by the Sicilian Regional Commission for Public Works on October 12, 2016.

ANNEX: Key milestones of the tender process:

  • January 28, 2017: a €113 million call for tenders for the construction of the BRBC is published on the Official Journal of the European Union.
  • Awarding procedure: restricted procedure pursuant to art. 61 of Legislative decree 50 of April 18, 2016 and subsequent amendments and integrations (the “Code”), to be awarded based on the criterion of the most economically advantageous bid, pursuant to art. 95 of the Code.
  • Subject of the contract: Works for the construction of the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (“BRBC”) of the RI.MED Foundation, in Carini, Palermo, inclusive of laboratories, administrative offices, auditorium, outpatient clinics, parking and guest quarters.
  • Total contract amount: € 113,857,714.73
  • September 10, 2018: once the bids were received, and after 91 sessions of the Tender Commission, the ranking related to the first phase of the tender was approved. The 10 participants selected based on the preferred requirements indicated in the call were invited to participate, and the second phase of the tender process officially started.
  • January 10, 2019: deadline to submit bids. A total of 6 bids were received.
  • January 16, 2019: the first public session of the tender was held in the presence of Notary Public Mr. Zammitti and the members of the Tender Commission who examined the administrative documentation in the course of two sessions.
  • Starting from February, the Awarding Committee in charge for reviewing the technical bids, convened to review the bids and assign scores to the technical bids (13 private sessions and 1 public session).
  • June 3, 2019: the last of the four public sessions took place, during which the Committee read the scores assigned to each technical bid, opened the financial and temporal bids, assigning the relative scores, drew up the final ranking, and announced the association of enterprises that ranked first.

The full text of the call, the tender specifications, and all the minutes are available on the website www.fondazionerimed.eu under the section “Call for Tenders- Ongoing Procedures”.