Posted by: Neighborhood Updates | November 23, 2008

Repost – RFQ Due Wednesday, November 26

Request for Qualifications

California Place Park Natural Playscape

The Friends and Neighbors of North Admiral (FANNA) are seeking the services of a Landscape Architect registered in the State of Washington to develop a schematic design and budget for a natural playscape at California Place Park.

Background and Description of the California Place Park Planning Project

Owned and maintained by Seattle Parks and Recreation, California Place Park is located at California Ave SW and SW Hill St in the Admiral District of West Seattle. The FANNA community group has received a “Small and Simple” grant from the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods, to hire a landscape architect to assist the community in developing a concept plan for a natural playscape for “kids” of all ages in the park.

This playscape should be made from natural elements, contain as few manmade components as possible, and feel like a slice of nature tucked into a small city park. The new area should reduce or eliminate fall heights and entice young children to use their imagination and creativity to play and explore the area. It should accommodate and feel welcoming to parents and neighbors, young and old.

California Place Park is currently an open grassy area, 10,500 square feet in size and shaded by trees. The park is bound by a local church and the two roads, one that can be busy – California Ave SW (collector arterial). A bus shelter resides in the southeast corner of the property for riders traveling along California Ave SW. The park is along what use to be the original cable car route to the ferry that would take residents from West Seattle to Downtown. We would like to see some ideas about how this history could be incorporated into the park. Another parcel for potential future expansion is slightly west and across SW Hill from the park. We envision improving this plot as a future project and would like connectivity and continuity between both parcels, long term.

A major concern of the community is that the park must be a safe place for young children to play, given its proximity to a busy street. Neighbors also want the improvements to serve a diverse group, both young and old, as a place for thoughtful play and relaxation. Additional ideas, benefits, and concerns have been gathered through a series of community meetings and are included in this RFQ (attachment 1.) All of this input should be reviewed and considered as the new park is designed. FANNA is also working with the Department of Transportation to explore traffic calming measures along California Ave SW.

Process and Scope of Work

The Neighborhood Matching Grant is $15,000, with $12,000 available for the preparation of the schematic design and a program budget. All of the work for this schematic design phase is to be completed within this budget and within a six-month time frame. There will be a community process resulting in an economically feasible plan and a budget for development of the site meeting the goals of FANNA. In addition, we are interested in a landscape architect who:

  • Has experience working on designs that have a limited budget
  • Has experience planning projects with volunteer groups
  • Is creative in the design of a space for multi-generational users
  • Has experience in designing and building play areas from sustainable and natural elements
  • Has experience implementing and constructing their designs
  • Has experience in developing projects to Seattle Department of Parks and Recreations standards.

The landscape architect will work with the FANNA Steering Committee to establish the criteria for the design. The schematic design is to be consistent with community input and innovative nuisance reduction techniques. The design must also fit the long-term maintenance goals of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.

Meetings with the Steering Committee are to be held to review this information. Public involvement is critical for this project. There are to be several preliminary design concepts prepared based on the site analysis, input from community meetings, the Steering Committee, Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation staff, and Seattle Police Department staff. There will be a series of 3 public meetings where community input is gathered and the schematic design options are presented. There will be at least 3 meetings with Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Staff to review these options. The final design will be communicated to the public in April 2009.

Proposed Schedule and Tasks

  • November 26, 2008 — SOQ Due.
  • December 8, 2008 — Shortlist issued and interviews scheduled.
  • December 17, 2008 — Interviews and selection
  • January Week 2 — Public Design Meeting #1 facilitated by LA
  • January, 2008 — Landscape Architect (LA) develops alternatives and with Committee plans public meeting. LA meets with Parks Pro-view Team to gather additional input to develop alternatives.
  • February, 2009 — Second meeting with Parks Pro-View (to review alternatives). LA facilitates Public Design Meeting #2 to present alternatives
  • March, 2009 — Finalize plan with Steering Committee and Parks Pro-view Team. Finalize budget estimate.  Public Meeting #3 to present final plan
  • April, 2009 — Provide scope and fee estimate to finalize design and generate construction documents

Submittal Contents

Submittals shall contain the following information (10 page maximum including cover and resumés):

  • Submit a cover letter describing the firm, number of years in business, and number of staff. Please identify your design team and project manager; explain their roles and include resumés.
  • Describe your initial impressions of this site.
  • Describe your proposed approach to the project. How might you work with the Steering Committee, Seattle Parks and Recreation staff, and the community while completing this project on schedule and on budget?
  • Provide project descriptions for the three most recent projects of a similar scope and nature. For each of the projects shown, please provide references (names, phone numbers) and construction costs.

Interested parties may request the RFQ document by calling 206-650-1396

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