Huckestein is the only PA COSTARS mechanical contractor between Ohio and Harrisburg.
We meet the COSTARS program’s rigorous requirements for competitive pricing and superior quality service, so COSTARS members can purchase services directly through us without the time-consuming public bid process.
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What is COSTARS?
COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program administered by the Department of General Services (the “DGS”) Bureau of Procurement. The COSTARS program provides registered local public procurement units as well as state-affiliated entities (together “Members”) and suppliers a tool to find and do business with each other effectively through the use of a contract established by the DGS.
There are several thousand registered members taking advantage of existing Commonwealth of PA contracts. The goal is to provide Members the ability to directly purchase services and equipment from a group of pre-qualified suppliers while ensuring competitive pricing and an above-average standard of quality.
A state-affiliated entity is a Commonwealth authority or other Commonwealth entity that is not a Commonwealth agency. The term includes:
- Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission,
- Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency,
- Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System,
- Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority,
- State Public School Building Authority, and
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority, and State System of Higher Education
How to become a COSTARS Member
The DGS requires Local Public Procurement Units (“LPPUs”) and state-affiliated entities to register as COSTARS Members, and only those entities registered with the DGS may purchase from the Contract. COSTARS membership is for purchasers and it is exclusive to eligible LPPUs and state-affiliated entities.
LPPUs are eligible to participate in the program for supplies and services entered into by the DGS that are made available. An LPPU unit is defined as:
- any political subdivision,
- any public authority,
- any tax exempt, nonprofit education or public health institution or organization,
- any nonprofit fire company, nonprofit rescue company, nonprofit ambulance company, and
- to the extent provided by law, any other entity, including a council of government or an area government, that expends public funds for the procurement of supplies and services.
Eligible LPPUs must register online with the DGS. Once registered, and if eligible, an approval letter will be provided with a member number. Please note that LPPUs will not be permitted to register more than once. Therefore only one member ID and password will be provided to each Member and should be shared within your organization by those who may need access to the COSTARS website.
How you procure work from Huckestein through COSTARS
Through a rigorous pre-qualification process, COSTARS has pre-determined that Huckestein’s pricing is competitive and that our work is of a standard necessary for performing services under contract number: 008-238 (Maintenance, Repair & Operation Equipment and Supplies (“MRO”)).
Under this contract, Members can purchase directly from Huckestein without going through a competitive bidding process.
Through COSTARS, Huckestein can provide the following services to Members:
For non-governmental members, these services are PERMITTED WITHOUT dollar value limitation. Governmental entities and school districts are limited to purchasing projects below $25,000.00 OR those to which the entity will be contracting with one major construction discipline.
Assembly as used in this Contract is limited to attaching components of the equipment together to form the final product which is then set in place at its final location, ready for use, with no permanent attachment to the real property.
Installation as used in this Contract is limited to delivery in place with no permanent attachment to the real property. However, attaching to an existing building floor, wall, or ceiling which can later be removed without damaging the building and/or attaching it to other equipment, pre-existing electrical outlets, pre-existing plumbing hookups, or pre-existing ventilation ducts that are outside of the walls is permitted. Any additional electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work necessary for installation constitutes “Construction Activities” as set forth below.
Construction Activities as used in this Contract is defined as the process of building, altering, repairing, improving or demolishing a structure or building or other improvements of any kind to any real property to accommodate the delivery or installation of purchased equipment. This also includes, but is not limited to, foundation pads, the pouring of footers, site preparation that includes leveling and/or site drainage.
Total Project Cost
Total Project Cost as used in this Contract includes, but is not limited to, all supplies, equipment, and labor associated with the project. Purchases under this Contract that are part of a phase of a larger project must include the overall project costs for the entire larger project and not just the segments or phase of project for which the item is being purchased.
Customization in this Contract includes any modification to any piece of equipment used during assembly, installation, or construction activities.
Special Delivery Arrangements
These may include any delivery charges above standard FOB destination delivery such as fuel surcharges, added charges for multiple delivery locations, or staged deliveries.
Training for the Customer or End User
Training for the customer or end user is included.
Extended warranty for products/component parts purchased from the Contract is included.
Post Warranty Support and Maintenance Service
Post warranty support and maintenance service for products/component parts purchased from the Contract is included.
A list of OEMs that can be utilized in COSTARs construction projects or sold to customers is listed in the following graphic:
- Square D
- ABB Group
- Yaskawa America, Inc.
- Danfoss Graham
- Eaton/Cutler Hammer
- Bio Strike
- IQ Air
- Webb Products
- Airflow Products
- Filtech, Inc.
- Purolator Inc.
- Parker/Dominick Hunter
- Glasfloss Industries
- Flanders Heating & Air Conditioning
- Curtis Toledo
- Johnson Controls
- Barbara Coleman
- Tunstall, Inc.
- Aurora Pumps
- Bell & Gossett
- Wilo USA, LLC
- PACO Pumps
- Goulds Pumps
- Peerless Pump
- Crane Pumps & Systems
- Griswold Pump Company
- Spirax-Sarco Engineering
- Hayes Pump, Inc.
- Nexus Energy Products, Inc.
- TACO Comfort Solutions
- Thrush Company, Inc.
- Victaulic Company
- Anvil International
- Watson McDaniel
- Macon Controls & Balancing
- Spence Engineering Group, Inc.
- Grundfos Pump Corporation
- Patterson Pump Company
- Seasons 4
- Engineered Air, Inc.
- LG Electronics, Inc.
- Burnham Commercial
- Harso Industrial
- Scotsman Ice System
- Tower Tech, Inc.
- National Refrigeration Products
- Hoshizaki American, Inc.
- Baltimore Aircoil Company
- Marley Cooling Techno
- Goodman Manufacturing
- American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning
- Haskris Chillers
- Data Aire
- Trenton Refrigeration
- Samsung Group
- Aerco International
- Chemway, Inc.
- Carlye Compressor
- Henry Technologies
- Tecumseh Products Company
- Manitowoc Company, Inc.
- Delta Cooling Towers, Inc.
- California Resources Corporation
- A.O. Smith Corporation
- Stulz Air Technology Systems, Inc.
- Dalkin Industries, Ltd,
- KMC Controls
- Fujitsu, Ltd.
- Samsung Group
- Evapco, Inc.
- Dunham Bush
- Watts Refrigeration
- McQuay International
- Heat-Timer Corporation
- Danfoss Turbocor Compressors
- United Cooling Systems, Ltd.
- Peerless Boilers Heat, LLC
- Fulton Boiler Works, Inc.
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