Request for Qualifications

Downtown Park Master Plan

City of Redmond

Redmond, WA

Posted: 06/28/2013
Submittal Deadline: 07/24/2013

Website: http://www.redmond.gov/downtownpark


Request for Qualifications - Redmond Downtown Park Master Plan\

The City of Redmond, Washington is seeking an experienced and innovative consultant team to prepare a master plan and design for Downtown Park. The master plan will set the stage for development of Downtown Park as a significant destination that is a showcase for art in the environment, a place for public gathering and cultural events, and a catalyst for economic development.

CONSULTANT TEAM: For this Request for Qualifications, an abbreviated process is being used for the first stage of consultant selection. It is sufficient to provide information for only the proposed lead firm. The final team may consist of landscape architects, architects, artists, planners, engineers, public involvement specialists, or other related professionals.

PROPOSED SCHEDULE:
Stage 1: Statements of Qualifications Due: July 24, 2013
Stage 2: Firms Shortlisted for Design Competition/Proposal: August 14, 2013
Presentations and Interview Process: September 25 and 26, 2013
Select Consultant, Develop Scope: October 2013
Consultant Agreement to City Council: November 2013
Master Plan Process: Fall 2013–Summer 2014
Project Design and Permitting: Fall 2014–2015
Construction: 2016-2017 (projected)

PROJECT BACKGROUND: Redmond was once a quiet farm town, eight miles east of Seattle. This began to change in earnest when Microsoft located its headquarters here, and other high-tech firms followed. Today, Redmond is home to more than half of the world’s gaming companies and many world-leading companies in the aerospace and biomedical industries. The City is making a conscious effort to create an 18-hour a day community that serves all its population, including the many young adults and foreign-born residents and employees who live or work here.

The vision for Downtown Redmond is a thriving center of activity that includes a new Downtown Park that will be a destination for the community and a highly recognizable signature place in the region. Downtown is rapidly achieving its goals as an urban center with new housing, an improved street network, and great pedestrian connections. The Downtown Park, in concert with the re-envisioned and reconstructed Cleveland Street, the Redmond Central Connector, the Heron Rookery, Dudley Carter Park and the Sammamish River Trail, will create a system of public gathering spaces that will breathe new life and vibrancy into Downtown, making it an even more attractive place to live, work, or visit.

The Downtown Park site is two acres in size, and is surrounded by 161st Ave NE to the west, Cleveland Street to the south, Redmond Way to the north, and one block of businesses along Leary Way – the historic district - to the east. Today, there are four buildings on the property that will be removed later this summer. Because of its urban setting and the reclaimed nature of the site, the park site is very much a blank slate at this point. The site is rectangular, flat, unvegetated, and has peat soils with a high water table.

Cleveland Street, along the south edge of the park, will be reconstructed in 2013-2014. It will be curbless for a three-block section, allowing the street to become a seamless part of the park for festivals or special events. Special attention has been given to the urban design of the streetscape to ensure a high quality environment adjacent to the park. In 2016, Redmond Way and Cleveland Street will be converted to two-way streets.

The Redmond Central Connector is an urban trail with integrated and curated art features which is currently under construction through Downtown Redmond one block from the park. This project will be completed in the fall of 2013 and will include a gateway at the end of Brown Street connecting to Downtown Park.

The Heron Rookery is an urban forest of approximately two acres. It is connected by a paved trail to Dudley Carter Park, a small one acre park that sits along the Sammamish River and Trail, and is dedicated to a former artist in residence.

CONSULTANT SELECTION PROCESS: A two-stage process will be used to select a consultant team for this project.

Stage 1—Statements of Qualifications: The City of Redmond is seeking an exceptional team for this high-profile project. Therefore, a far-reaching effort will be made to inform a large number of design professionals about the project and the Request for Qualifications, in order to attract firms with the desired skills and experience. A selection committee of City staff and members of the Parks and Trails Commission and Arts Commission will rate the submittals and select three to five firms to proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2—Design Competition and Proposal: Three to five firms will be invited to provide a proposal and participate in a design competition. Firms selected to proceed to Stage 2 will be given additional information, and will need to put together a more complete team at that time. The design competition portion of the proposal will be limited in scope and will not include the entire park. The City’s interest is in seeing a team’s ability to be innovative and work effectively as a team, and have fun!

Final selection of a team will include a presentation in a large format public setting. A site visit and interview will also be conducted with a Steering Committee of City staff, members of City Commissions, City Council members, and other citizen members. Social media may also be employed as a way to receive input from residents and employees. Teams can expect a two day process in Redmond, Washington on September 25 and 26.

Honorarium –An honorarium will be provided to teams who complete Stage 2 to help defray expenses.

MASTER PLAN PROCESS: The master plan process with the selected firm will explore the needs and desires of the community and develop several concepts for consideration. The process will include:

• Extensive and creative public involvement
• A robust art program, including integrated art
• Determination of the best uses in the park
• Development of a program and multiple concepts for the park, especially as it relates to the surrounding land uses and trail and park system
• Cost estimates for construction
• Financial sustainability of programmed features

DESIGN PHASE: The consultant selected for the Master Plan phase may be asked to continue services during the design phase; however this is at the City’s discretion.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Information about the Downtown Park and other downtown projects can be found on the City’s website at the following locations:

www.redmond.gov/DowntownPark
www.redmond.gov/Downtown
www.redmond.gov/RFPs

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LETTER OF INTEREST:

1. Cover Letter— One page maximum.
Briefly explain why you are interested in this project and what skills or experiences your firm has that makes it uniquely qualified for a project of high caliber.

2. Project Experience—Three pages maximum, double sided.
List and describe projects managed by your firm that are similar in nature to the circumstances described above, including examples such as a redeveloping urban core, a complex park master plan, a far-reaching public process, or an award-winning design. For each project:

a. State the relevance of the project to the Redmond Downtown Park Master Plan
b. Describe the project and your firm’s specific experience and role in leading a large or complex design team.
c. Explain how you coordinated with the client, community, and nearby businesses and residents.
d. List major challenges you encountered and briefly describe how you addressed them.
e. Describe specific recognition your team received for a high quality design or team coordination efforts.
f. Provide a reference for each project with current contact info.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS :
Format: Seven hardcopies, double sided and stapled, and one CD with a PDF of the file. Label envelope “Redmond Downtown Park.”
Due Date: July 24, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm

Submit to: Betty B. Sanders, ASLA
Senior Park Planner
M/S: 4NPK
15670 NE 85th Street
PO Box 97010
Redmond, WA 98073-9710

QUESTIONS? Please direct any questions about the project in writing to B Sanders, Project Manager, at bbsanders@redmond.gov. Responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be provided on the City’s website at www.redmond.gov/RFPs, under the Downtown Park project description.