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MASTER CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS FOR

DIGITALLY PRINTED HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE, DIGITALLY PRINTED FIBERGLASS EMBEDMENT, SILKSCREENED FIBERGLASS EMBEDMENT AND PORCELAIN ENAMEL INTERPRETIVE PANEL FABRICATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION PAGE NUMBER

100 General Description and Scope of Contract 1


200 Government Furnished Materials 1
300 Technical Specifications 1
300-1 General 1
300-2 Panel Requirements 2
300-3 Submittal of Proofs/Pre-press Check 3
300-4 Fabrication of Panels 3
400 Delivery 3
500 Payment 4
600 Evaluation of Proposals 4

This master fabrication specification document addresses fabrication of digital prints treated with high pressure lamination, digital prints embedded in fiberglass, silkscreened fiberglass, and porcelain enamel fabrication. Entire sections will be deleted depending on the product(s) to be fabricated. Please review carefully.
Bolded text in gray box provides directions and/or information tips and should always be deleted.
Page numbers in Table of Contents and Section number will require revision after all changes, deletions and additions have been incorporated.

INTERPRETIVE PANELS FOR USDA Forest Service

Section 100 - General Description and Scope of Contract

This contract requires a proposal for the fabrication of


Insert number and type of panels and type of fabrication process

interpretive panels. Proposals shall address all specifications and include all requested information in accordance with other sections of this contract.


The panels will ultimately be shipped and installed at ___________ (location) on the

Insert site and forest name


(forest, district, grassland or other site). The USDA Forest Service district personnel will install the panels. Timely delivery of finished panels is required so as not to impact the schedule of the panel installation.

Section 200 - Government Furnished Materials

The Government will deliver to the Contractor all digital files and color paper printouts for reference, as required, for exhibit panel fabrication. Digital files will be _________________.



Select the appropriate formats and software versions; delete all others:

ZIP disk 100MB cartridges

IBM format

CorelDraw, version 9

Quark Express version

Macintosh format

Will include all associated files (fonts, symbols, scans and TIF files).

For use only with silkscreened fiberglass embedded or porcelain enamel signage: select correct alternative and delete others.
Film mechanicals for silkscreen fiberglass embedded or porcelain enamel are part of this contract.

Film mechanicals for silkscreen fiberglass embedded or porcelain enamel are not part of this contract.

Each file will be coded to ensure accurate coordination between mediums for ease of fabrication. Panel and transparency coding is shown in Section 300-2 - Panel Requirements.
All Government furnished materials shall remain the property of the Forest Service and shall be returned to the Contracting Officer upon completion of the contract. The Contractor shall be liable for the loss or damage of such property, and shall replace lost or damaged articles at no expense to the Government.

Section 300 - Technical Specifications
300-1 - General
The Contractor shall furnish all labor, materials, services and incidentals to produce the required number of interpretive panels. The Contractor shall have professional manufacturing capabilities to produce clean, consistent prints of materials and inks compatible with the proposed process for the specified use.


300-2 - Panel Requirements

Each panel to be fabricated has individual requirements, according to size, number of duplicates to be fabricated, transparencies, etc. The table below shows the individual panel requirements.


List project name, individual panel titles, layout formats, panels sizes and any special or unique requirements for fabrication.
EXAMPLE:

Maroon Valley Orientation signs, Aspen Ranger District, White River National Forest
EXHIBIT NAME LA YOUT SIZE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Protect the Past Landscape 24” x 36” 2 high –res scans/ 3 duplicates

2. Fishing Maroon Creek Portrait 36” x 48” Center cutout for tile inset, 5”x 5”
300-3 – High-Pressure Laminate
A. Screen Printing
INFO TIP: High pressure laminate fabricators can provide plain color proofs at requested sizes, or lab sample proofs which is a piece of the actual final product with color samples. These lab sample proofs cost about $50 per sample.

Select the preferred option and delete other alternatives:

  1. The Contractor shall provide one set of color paper proofs at half size and one lab

proof sample to the Forest Service for approval prior to the production of final panels.


  1. The Contractor shall provide one set of color paper proofs at half size to the Forest Service for approval prior to the production of final panels.




  1. The Contractor shall provide one lab proof sample to the Forest Service for approval prior to the production of final panels.




  1. Color proofs are not required as part of this contract package, but final fabricated

product must accurately represent the image to be fabricated in color, clarity and

consistency with same text and layout formats as provided with this contract and

shown on the original digital files.

Proofs shall accurately represent the image to be fabricated in color, clarity, and consistency. Proofs shall be identified with the same identification number as assigned to each panel in Part 300-2 above.


All edges of printed art to be sharp and passage of ink when dry to be continuously even and opaque, with no bleeding whatsoever. Contractor is responsible to accurately apply the colored inks in perfect registration and with absolute duplication in strict accordance to industry standards. Contractor is responsible to touch up and clean up any and all minor imperfections at no additional cost to the Forest Service.
Colors and backgrounds will be printed, not sprayed or applied otherwise. All copies are to be consistent in color, opacity, and quality.
Ink colors shall match the specified colors, be opaque, clean, able to withstand the laminate process and able to provide
Select the preferred option and delete other alternatives:

Ten years of color integrity in outdoor exposure.

Ten years of color integrity in indoor exposure.

B. High-Pressure Laminate for all Signs

All high-pressure laminated signs will be sized as listed by title in Section 300-2 and will be equal to or greater then Folia and Izone product standards.
Messages will meet specifications established per exhibit established in the Scope of Services in this document.
Text, illustrations and map colors will meet specifications established per exhibit in the Scope of Services in this document.
The laminate process requires that the printed paper shall be laminated and processed using exterior grade laminates and Exterior Solid Phenolic Core Panels (or interior grade materials if needed) approved equivalent.
Fill in the blank below to match frame thickness order or delete entirely if no frame is being use.
INFO TIP: Thickness can range between 1/16 to 1 inch thick, depending upon fabricator. Size can run up to 12 feet in length and 4 1/2 feet wide. Check with fabricators on larger sizes.

The panels shall be ___________________ thick, opaque and with matte finish. Panels shall be cured and trimmed to the specified final sizes


The panels must be resistant to scratching, ink, paint, steam, acids, and aromatics. All ink or paint markings should be readily removable with soap and water or solvents without harm.

300-4 - Digital Fiberglass Embedded Specifications
330. - Fiberglass Fabrication Specification
A. Screen Printing
The Contractor shall provide one set of color paper proofs to the Forest Service for approval prior to the production of final panels.
All edges of silk screened art to be sharp and passage of ink when dry to be continuously even and opaque, with no bleeding whatsoever. Contractor is responsible to accurately apply the screened art in perfect registration and with absolute duplication in strict accordance to industry standards. Contractor is responsible to touch up and clean up any and all minor imperfections at no additional cost to the Forest Service.
Colors and backgrounds will be printed, not sprayed or applied otherwise. All copies are to be consistent in color, opacity, and then quality.
Ink colors shall match the specified colors, be opaque, clean, able to withstand the laminate process and able to provide
Select the preferred option and delete other alternatives:

INFO TIP: Call fabricators to find out latest warranty on products) years of color integrity in outdoor exposure, it is changing rapidly.
Ten years of color integrity in outdoor exposure.

Ten years of color integrity in indoor exposure.

B. Fiberglass Embedment for all Signs

(insert sign specifications).


Messages will meet specifications established per exhibit established in the Scope of Services in this document.
Text, illustrations and map colors will meet specifications established per exhibit in the Scope of Services in this document.
The embedment process requires that the printed paper shall be totally embedded using the Modulite Fiberglass Embedment process by Pannier Corporation, or approved equal using fiberglass embedment process using a resin/fiberglass composition.

Fill in the blank below to match frame orders. Thickness can range between 1/8 to 1 inch thick, depending upon fabricator.


The panels shall be thick, opaque and with matte finish, be cured and trimmed to the specified final sizes.
The panels must be resistant to scratching, ink, paint, steam, acids, and aromatics. All ink or paint markings should be readily removable with soap and water or solvents without harm. The panels shall also be resistant to burning by cigarettes.

300-4 - Submittal of Proofs/Pre-press Check
For high-pressure laminate and digital fiberglass embedment fabrication processes.
Printing must be of the highest quality, able to accurately reproduce the images from the ZIP files and transparencies, and have sharp, clean edges. Resolution of digitized images shall not be less than 300 dpi minimum. Where pantone colors are specified, they shall be accurately reproduced so that entire panels are printed true to color without green or red tints. All duplicates must be consistent in color, clarity, and quality with the original panels.
Ink colors must match the specified colors, be opaque, and clean, able to withstand the process for bonding the print to the substrate without compromising the images. Inks must be able to provide a minimum of ten years of color integrity in continuous outdoor exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
INFO TIP: Fiberglass embedment fabricators provide color proofs at requested sizes, but usually do not provide lab sample proofs (a piece of the actual final product with color samples). If you want lab proofs, call the fabricators and inquire if they will do this and what the costs are.
Select the preferred option and delete other alternatives:

  1. The Contractor shall provide one set of color paper proofs at half size to the Forest Service for approval prior to the production of final panels. Proofs shall accurately represent the image to be fabricated in color, clarity, and consistency. Proofs shall be identified with the same identification number as assigned to each panel in Part 300-2 above.




  1. Color proofs are not required as part of this contract package, but final fabricated product must accurately represent the image to be fabricated in color, clarity and consistency with same text and layout formats as provided with this contract and shown on the original digital files.

The Government will review proofs and return one copy per original panel as approved; approved with conditions; or rejected altogether. Review will be in writing to the Contractor. This review will be completed within three weeks of receipt of the proofs.
Rejected proofs shall be corrected as required, and resubmitted in duplicate as specified above, for review and approval by the Contracting Officer. Corrections that are not within control of the Government, such as corrections for color matching, imperfections, etc., will be made at the expense of the Contractor.
Panel face surface shall be non-glare and resistant to steam, aromatics, scratching, acids, ink and paint. Any ink or paint marking should be readily removable with soap and water or solvents, without harm to the surface or printed image.
All fabricated panels shall be trimmed to the finished size as specified in Part 300 -2 Panel Requirements. Images and text shall be level and square on each panel. Panels shall be centered horizontally and vertically within the finished size to accommodate ½ inch frame borders. Furnishing frames is not part of this contract. The finished panels shall carry a minimum TEN-year warranty against fading of color, chipping, crazing, peeling and weathering of panel surface and substrate.

330-3 - Silkscreened Fiberglass Embedment Fabrication
330. Fiberglass Fabrication Specification
A. Screen Printing
The Contractor shall provide one set of proofs to the Forest Service for approval prior to the production of screen printing stencils.
Printing of the film positives shall be completed using appropriate materials that are compatible with the fiberglass embedment process.
All edges of silk screened art to be sharp and passage of ink when dry to be continuously even and opaque, with no bleeding whatsoever. Contractor is responsible to accurately apply the screened art in perfect registration and with absolute duplication in strict accordance to industry standards. Contractor is responsible to touch up and clean up any and all minor imperfections at no additional cost to the Forest Service.
Ink colors must match the specified colors, be opaque, clean, able to withstand the embedment process and be able to provide 10 years of color integrity in outdoor exposure.
Color background will be printed, not sprayed or applied otherwise. All copies are to be consistent in color, opacity, and quality.
B. Fiberglass Embedment for all Signs
All fiberglass embedded signs will be sized (ENTER YOUR SIGN SIZE) and will be silkscreened.
Messages will meet specifications established per exhibit established in the Scope of Services in this document.
Text, illustrations and map colors will meet specifications established per exhibit in the Scope of Services in this document.
The embedment process requires that the printed paper shall be totally embedded using the Modulite Fiberglass Embedment process by Pannier Corporation, or approved equal.
Fill in the blank below to match frame thickness order or delete entirely if no frame is being use.
INFO TIP: Thickness can range between 1/16 to 1 inch thick, depending upon fabricator. Size can run up to 12 feet in length and 4 1/2 feet wide. Check with fabricators on larger sizes.
The panels shall be _____" thick, (SPECIFY TO MATCH FRAME ORDERS, THICKNESS CAN RANGE BETWEEN 1/8 - 1/4 INCH THICK, DEPENDING UPON FABRICATOR) opaque and with matte finish.
Panels shall be cured and trimmed to the specified final sizes.
The panels must be resistant to scratching, ink, paint, steam, acids, and aromatics. All ink or paint markings should be readily removable with soap and water or solvents without harm. The panels shall also be resistant to burning by cigarettes.

330-4. - Porcelain Enamel Fabrication Specifications
Exhibit quality porcelain enamel signs shall be fabricated. All exhibits and graphics shall reflect state-of-the-art technique and materials.
Steel panels: All sign panels shall be fabricated from a special purpose enameling iron of low metaloid and copper content, specifically manufactured and processed for the production of porcelain enamel units, and shall comply with ASTM A-424, steel sheets for porcelain enameling, commercial quality #2. Thickness shall be 16- to 18-gauge. Enameling iron shall be cutinto (SIZE SPECIFICATION) panels as specified.
INFO TIP:

Porcelain enamel signs can be ordered with a flat, straight edge (requiring a frame), or with a return edge (rounded back) and mounted without a frame.

Select an option listed and delete the other one.
Signs shall be flat edged and no more then 1/8 inch in thickness for mounting into frames or kiosks.
Signs shall be return edged for mounting without a frame system.
Porcelain Enameling: Porcelain enameling shall be performed in accordance with the current edition of the Specifications for Architectural Porcelain Enamel on Steel for Exterior Use. PEI: S-100 (65) as issued by the Porcelain Enamel Institute, Washington, D.C.
Vitreous Coating: After metal fabrication is complete, the sign panels shall be spray coated in a ground coat of vitreous enamel that shall evenly coat all surfaces, fronts, backs and edges. After firing this coat, an additional finish coat, in color specified, shall be applied evenly to the front surfaces of the sign panels. All coatings shall be Class A acid resistant porcelain enamel in strict compliance with the Specifications for Architectural Porcelain Enamel on Steel for Exterior Use. PEI: S-100 (65). The minimum thickness for the ground coat shall be 2.5 mils and shall be 6 mils for any finish coat. Visual inspection of each sign shall reveal no visible breaks or surface defects in the color coating that will expose the underlying coating or steel surfaces to weathering.
Warranty: The sign faces shall be free of visual blemishes or discoloration. All printed images shall be sharp and clear and be in perfect registration. The signs shall be free of mechanical defects, and guaranteed against perceptible fading for 25 years.

400. Deliverables and Review

Only for porcelain enamel or silkscreened fiberglass embedment processes.

The Contractor shall provide the following services and products:


11 x 17 color prints made from the computer disks for review before film positive production. These prints shall contain identified PMS colors.
Development of film positives as required for each exhibit using film positive appropriate materials in printing that are compatible with the (porcelain enamel/ SILKSCREENED FIBERGLASS EMBEDMENT) process.
INFO TIP: Generally, these fabrication processes take longer and require a minimum of 60 days to complete a small job. Larger fabrication jobs should be given additional time for completion without errors.
Fill in the blank for number of allowable calendar days.
The Contractor shall provide the final product of (INSERT NUMBER OF ORIGINALS AND DUPLICATES FOR fiberglass embedded or porcelain enamel) signs within ____calendar days after a notice to proceed work is issued from the government.

300-4 - Submittal of Proofs/Pre-press Check
Where pantone colors are specified, they shall be accurately reproduced so those entire panels are printed true to color, without green or red tints. All duplicates must be consistent in color, clarity, and quality. Colors must match the specified colors, be opaque, and clean.
The Contractor shall submit one paper copy proof, for each original panel to be fabricated at the full size as an original to the Contracting Officer for review and written approval prior to fabrication. Proofs shall accurately represent the image to be fabricated in color, clarity, and consistency. Proofs shall be identified with the same identification number as assigned to each panel in Part 300-2 above.
The Government will review proofs and return one copy per original panel as approved; approved with conditions; or rejected altogether. Review will be in writing to the Contractor. This review will be completed within three weeks of receipt of the proofs.
Rejected proofs shall be corrected as required and resubmitted in duplicate as specified above for review and approval by the Contracting Officer. Corrections that are not within control of the Government, such as corrections for color matching, imperfections, etc., will be made at the expense of the Contractor.
Panel face surface shall be non-glare and resistant to steam, aromatics, scratching, acids, ink and paint. Any ink or paint marking should be readily removable with soap and water, or solvents, without harm to the surface or printed image.
All fabricated panels shall be trimmed to the finished size as specified in Part 300 -2 Panel Requirements. Images and text shall be level and square on each panel. Panels shall be centered horizontally and vertically within the finished size to accommodate ½-inch frame borders. Furnishing frames is not part of this contract.

Select the appropriate alternative and delete all other information.
The finished fiberglass embedded panels shall carry a minimum 10-year warranty against fading of color, chipping, crazing, peeling and weathering of panel surface and substrate.
The finished porcelain enamel panels shall carry a minimum 25-year warranty against fading of color, chipping, crazing, peeling and weathering of panel surface and substrate.
Section 400 - Delivery and Shipment
Insert correct number of original panels and duplicates into sentence below, and delete this box.

The Contractor shall provide the final product of ____original panels, and any additional duplicate panels, as specified, within 90 days after Notice to Proceed is issued by the Contracting Officer. Defective panels that are delivered shall be returned, replaced with acceptable panels, and shipped, all at the Contractor's expense.


Fabricated panels shall be packaged with padding, wrapped in heavy plastic, and shipped flat to minimize movement during shipping. Packing slips shall include content panel's identification numbers. Packing for shipment shall be accomplished to ensure acceptance by common carrier and safe delivery at destination. Containers and closures shall comply with Interstate Commerce Commission, Uniform Freight Classification Rules, or regulations of other carriers as applicable to the mode of transportation. The Contractor shall pay shipping costs. Panels will be shipped to:
Insert address and contact person where final panels should be shipped.

Section 500 - Payment
Payment will be made upon completion of all work and receipt of an invoice to the Government. Upon approval by the Contracting Officer, the invoice will be paid in full. Payment is considered full compensation for all work, materials, labor, shipping, and incidentals as necessary to provide the required finished product.
Upon delivery and acceptance of fabricated panels and the return of all Government furnished property to the Forest Service, in original undamaged condition, and receipt of bill from the Contractor, the Contractor will be paid 100% of contract unit price for panels and duplicates.

Section 600 - Evaluation Criteria
A technical review panel based on the following criteria will evaluate the proposals received:
A. Experience of the Contractor in similar projects:
Include qualifications of staff, scope of other projects, references (names and phone numbers) from other projects.
B. Portfolio:


  1. Submit a portfolio that demonstrates ability to produce panels of size and scope required by this contract. Also show ability to meet contract deadlines.

  2. Proposal which includes technical information on all materials to be used, such as print material, substrate, protective coatings, etc. and narrative on integrity and durability of each material of fabricated product. Include full text of conditions of warranty.

  3. A representative composite sample of proposed product materials. Sample should include fine and large text, a color photograph, line art, a yellow color spectrum with values ranging from 0 to 100. The sample will be evaluated for color, clarity, and resolution.

C. Price:




  1. Submit a price proposal, for the total contract work, under the SCHEDULE OF ITEMS. Price should include all incidentals and services needed to produce the end product.


FRAME SPECIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

1. The fabrication of these units shall be as detailed on the enclosed drawing and described herein. Use only specified fastening devices and appropriate welding materials are required. All welds shall be ground smooth. All sharp and ragged edges shall be eased smooth. All raw metal surfaces need to be prepared for painting by sandblasting and primed following the printed directions of the paint manufacturer.




  1. Frames shall be designed and built to hold (Insert size of exhibit panels width by length by thickness.) _________________exhibits.



  1. The frames shall be (select one or several of the alternative frame styles, delete all others:

wall mounted type, t-style, 2 legged, vertical, horizontal style) with an aluminum back that provides tamper proof mounting onto a wood surface. Fixtures to hold the frame in place must be tamperproof and durable to outside elements.



  1. Paint color shall be a (select color or fill in new color and delete all other alternatives:

Duranotic, dark brown, black, charcoal, forest green or specify other color, with or without a mottled finish/powder coating.

The second coat shall be applied to provide a textured, non-glare pattern. The finish shall be free of runs, sags and other imperfections. The color shall be consistent from surface to surface. The paint shall be applied under dry, dust-free conditions at temperatures above 50 degrees F. Painting shall be done in a workman-like manner so as to produce an even film of uniform thickness. Edges, crevices, corners, and joints shall receive special attention to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned and receive an adequate film thickness of paint.




  1. Frames must be .16-gauge aluminum or steel.


(Insert your required depth of spacing for exhibit panel (1/8 inch is commonly used).
1/8-inch spacing depth should be allowed for exhibit.
6. The Contractor shall provide construction drawings for installation and mounting of exhibits with frame system.
7. All frames will be the same color.


  1. Frame margins around the panels shall be


(insert margin as allowed by graphic designer) _________________________________________ for all exhibits.
8. The exhibit panels will be installed in the frames so as to allow removal in the future. The completed assemblies shall be crated in materials and containers to ensure they will not be damaged under normal shipping conditions.
9. Frames will be delivered to

Insert address and contact person where final panels should be shipped.

Crate and shipping costs will be paid by the Contractor and should be listed as a separate item.







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