Request for Proposals (RFP): Cambridge Historic District Design Guidelines
The City of Cambridge seeks an individual or firm specializing in historic preservation planning, architectural history, and/or cultural resources management in conjunction with sustainability/green technology, to use existing documents to develop a detailed, cohesive, set of design guidelines, which will continue and advance the preservation of the Citys historic buildings and historic districts in a manner consistent with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The finished product will be design guidelines that are intended to provide property owners and contractors assistance as they plan alterations to their historic buildings as well as to standardize the information used for HPC decision making. It is the intent of this RFP to have the successful individual or firm enter into a Professional Services Contract with the City to supply complete, enforceable, adopted design guidelines.
The final document should include, at a minimum:
· Table of contents
· Administrative information such as administrative review guidelines, review process, introduction to using documents, etc.
· Design guidelines, including provisions for renewable energy and demolition by neglect
· Illustrations of Cambridges historic resources and districts as examples
· Glossary of terms
The successful firm will be able to review existing and draft guidelines and use their professional expertise to update and revise the existing information and seamlessly incorporate any further information to develop a complete set of design guidelines.
The firm will be paid directly by the City for the design guidelines, utilizing funding granted by the Maryland Historical Trust through the Certified Local Governments grant program in the amount of $15,000. The firm will be expected to work closely with and report progress to Department of Public Works staff and any other department heads as required.
Sealed proposals (3 copies) should be submitted to the Department of Public Works, 1025 Washington Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613, by 2:00pm September 22, 2017; clearly marked on the outside Proposal Design Guidelines and to the attention of the Planning and Zoning Division. At that time, they will be opened and read aloud.
The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, or parts of proposals, when it is judged to be in the best interest of the City.
All questions should be sent to Patricia Escher, A.I.C.P., City Planner, 1025 Washington Street, Cambridge, MD 21613 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Question deadline will be September 8, 2017.
A. SCOPE OF SERVICES: The successful firm shall agree to contract with the City to provide the following: 1) determine the Citys needs for historic district design guidelines; 2) review and analyze the existing design guidelines for consistency with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, guidelines, requirements, etc.; 3) help coordinate community input by facilitating public meetings and/or developing survey questions; 4) compose as necessary updated design guidelines and administrative review guidelines; 5) Substantially conform to proposed timeline; 6) handle other activities and services associated with the development of the guidelines. At least two public presentations by the selected firm will be required.
September 2017-February 2018: Working with the Historic Preservation Commission, staff and the public, coordinate revisions to the documents and solicit for public comment on those revisions.