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NYC Releases RFPs for Inspirational Design

Friday, August 7, 2020

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The New York City Department of Design and Construction released two Requests for Proposals last week to identify up to 30 firms to provide architectural and technical design services for what the department is calling “inspirational public buildings.”

The projects will reportedly fall under the agency’s Project Excellence Program.

“The firms selected for the next round of Project Excellence will be tasked with creating inspirational public buildings while ensuring we meet common-sense goals for on-time and on-budget performance,” said DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo.

“Given the extraordinary moment the City is enduring, this RFP offers an opportunity for our industry partners to reimagine how we can work together to incorporate all of the essential components of well-designed buildings: aesthetics, functionality, cost, constructability and durability.

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The New York City Department of Design and Construction released two Requests for Proposals last week to identify up to 30 firms to provide architectural and technical design services for what the department is calling “inspirational public buildings.” The $32.4 million Elmhurst Library (above), one of the busiest branches in the Queens Public Library system, opened in December 2016 and was designed by Marpillero Pollak Architects under DDC’s Project Excellence Program.

According to the DDC, the Project Excellence Program (previously known as Design and Construction Excellence) pre-qualifies firms to provide design services for its public buildings projects, aiming to reduce the time required to procure design services while ensuring the highest levels of quality and professionalism in construction projects managed by the agency.

The DDC notes that this next round will take place during a time of “fiscal restraint” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is still seeking to contract for three years with up to 20 firms for architectural design services, including for new construction and major renovations, and up to 10 firms for technical design services, which can include structural, MEP, historic preservation, envelope, roof and landscape design.

Information about the RFPs includes:

  • Firms responding to the RFPs will be categorized according to the size of their professional staffs;
  • For architectural design services, up to five small firms (professional staff size 5-20) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $100,000 to $10 million;
  • Up to 10 medium firms (professional staff size 21-50) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $10 million to $50 million;
  • Up to five large firms (professional staff size above 50) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $50 million up to $200 million;
  • For technical design services, up to five small firms (professional staff size 5-20) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $100,000 to $10 million; and
  • Up to five medium firms (professional staff size 21 or over) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $10 million up to $50 million.

The RFP was issued on July 31 and is available to download here.

A pre-proposal conference will be held on Aug. 17. Responses to the architectural RFP are due by Sept. 4. Responses to the technical design RFP are due by Sept. 25.

   

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