|Agency:||American Planning Association|
|Type of Government:||State & Local|
|Posted Date:||Jun 8, 2021|
|Due Date:||Jul 12, 2021|
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Grand Rapids, MI
For more than a decade the connections between Belknap Hill, Monroe North, and Downtown have been studied through various plans and visioning projects. While these efforts illustrate community-supported goals and high-quality visioning, they lack a cohesive strategy to implement tenable connections between the various neighborhoods, institutions, businesses, employment centers, and people associated with this unique geographic area.
Today this area of Grand Rapids is strengthened by purposeful and directed investments and planned generational river transformation projects that will reshape the environment and provide an even greater need for human-scaled infrastructure that enhances livability and vitality.
Past projects provide a sound foundation, while these planned future projects provide a critical framework. This future opportunity comes with an urgency to deliver meaningful connections in a timely fashion to bring people to the places that are evolving adjacent to them.
This project intends to build upon the high-quality decades-long engagement and resulting plans to forge a series of "shovel-ready" network interventions that are informed by both yesterday's voices and today's opportunities.
PROJECT SCOPE FRAMEWORK
The following is a general minimum framework of the intended project scope including engagement and technical support. Respondents are strongly encouraged to use their expertise to formulate a project scope that meets or exceeds the scope elements contained in this general outline, while also meeting the goals and objectives of the project.
As referenced previously, various elements of this project have been studied and planned over the course of the last decade. These various plans have been informed by robust public engagement and citizen dialogue. This project intends to build upon this past citizen engagement, but not reinvent or redo it. As a result, the project engagement plan should prioritize strategic focus group meetings with various key stakeholder groups, including Neighbors of Belknap Lookout (NOBL), the Monroe North Business Association, Monroe North neighbors, Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and the City of Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Parks Department and Mobile GR will be the primary City of Grand Rapids departments that will be involved in this project.
It is anticipated that each of these groups will be engaged at least twice during phase 1 work; however, it is within the respondents' purview to propose a meaningful engagement process to inform the design and project strategy. Assume at least 10 different potential focus groups.
Representatives of these various stakeholders groups will make up a small steering committee that will interface with the consultant team during a regular schedule of design and progress meetings. These should be considered separate from the focus group meetings.
A note on engagement and COVID-19: At the time of RFP issuance, most public gatherings and in person meetings are just beginning to happen with greater numbers of people - particularly in outdoor venues. This may impact in-person focus group meetings or larger gatherings. Respondents should make considerations for various scenarios that include virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person as circumstances and guidelines change.
PHASE 1: CONCEPT DESIGN
Create two design options through a stakeholder engagement process that utilize a series of network interventions to improve connections between Monroe North, the Belknap neighborhood, the Grand River, parks, and Downtown Grand Rapids with a coherent, safe, convenient, and meaningful multi-modal network.
Concept design of network interventions should incorporate all elements related to the project including the Switchback Pathway, Hastings Connector, the two stairs, Division Avenue crossings, the former railway tunnel, Ionia Avenue right-of-way, and the east-west connections to the River. The future phases of the separated bicycle lanes on Division Avenue should be considered as they relate to the other interventions, but are not part of this design effort.
Additionally, the design concepts should include the creation of a park within the hillside that incorporates the stairs, Switchback Pathway, Hastings Connector and a series of overlooks that provide views and places to linger for users.
The various network interventions should be designed in a way that they can be phased incrementally over multiple funding cycles.
Once completed, these two design options should be presented to a single gathering of all stakeholder groups so that the stakeholders can collectively make a recommendation for a preferred concept.
Phase 1 Consultant Responsibilities
PHASE 2: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Develop the preferred design concept into refined plans, details and illustratives that convey each of the network interventions and the hillside park. Depict how these elements interrelate to improve connections and create a coherent, safe, convenient, and meaningful multi-modal network.
Phase 2 Consultant Responsibilities
PHASE 3: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
The construction document phase of this scope includes preparation of technical drawings and specifications to bring the network interventions to a point of being ready to bid and construct.
Specific network interventions to be included in the construction documents will include the Switchback Pathway, Hastings Connector, the two stairs, Division Avenue crossings, improvements related to the former railway tunnel, the Ionia Avenue right-of-way, improvements to the east-west connections to the River and the hillside park. The future phases of the separated bicycle lanes on Division Avenue should be considered as they relate to the other interventions, but are not part of this effort.
Phase 3 Consultant Responsibilities
Items not required to be included in this proposal:
ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL SERVICES TO BE INCLUDED AS PART OF PROPOSAL AND FEE
BOUNDARY AND TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY
Prepare a boundary and topographic survey of the project area as required for the preparation of design and construction documents.
Survey should include ownership boundaries along the hillside. Ownership is believed to include the City of Grand Rapids, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and various private property owners along the upper portion of the hill. Property boundaries will be important to determine how and where the Hastings Connector and Switchback Pathway are located.
It is suggested that topographic information be gathered at a point in the design process where it can be more targeted to specific network intervention locations rather than the entire hillside. It is unlikely that the project would require topographic information for the entire hill.
Survey should locate utilities in adjacent rights of way and utilities and easements within the hillside, specifically at targeted locations where interventions will occur.
The soil and structural capabilities of the hillside need to be evaluated for any future interventions, including stairs, at-grade paths, supports for elevated paths, lighting and other improvements.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AND HILLSIDE EROSION
Part of the hillside technical evaluation should include stormwater management specifically related to how future improvements will impact current and future erosion of the hill and design recommendations to mitigate current and future erosion.
Proposals submitted shall be limited to twelve (12) pages. This includes all pages, from cover to cover.
Proposals shall be submitted digitally as a PDF that contains not more than 12 pages.
Proposals shall be 81/2 x 11 in either portrait or landscape format.
The proposal should include the following information:
All interested consultants are encouraged to send an email to Mark Miller ( email@example.com ) to register their intent to respond to this RFP. All firms expressing interest will be added to an email distribution list and will be notified if additional information related to the RFP becomes available. Firms failing to register in this manner may not receive all information relevant to the preparation of their proposals.
Any questions regarding the proposal may be submitted by email to Mark Miller ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Questions must be submitted by 5pm (local time) on Friday, June 18, 2021. Responses will be sent to all registered participants no later than 5pm on Friday, June 25, 2021.
RFP Issued: June 7, 2021
RFP Questions Due: June 18, 2021
Response to Questions: June 25, 2021
Proposals Due: July 12, 2021, 1pm
Consultant Selection: by July 30, 2021
A digital copy of the proposal in PDF format is due by 1pm (local time) on Monday, July 12, 2021. Proposals shall be emailed to email@example.com . Digital files only.
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