Request for Qualifications for Professional A/E Services for Caddo Cultural Center Complex

Status: Posted Solicitation ID:   RFQ808-20-R192622

Response Due Date: 9/26/2019

Response Due Time: 2:00 PM

Agency/Texas SmartBuy Member Number: 808

Days Solicited: 21+ Days for Solicitation Notice

Solicitation Posting Date: 9/3/2019

Last Modified: 9/3/2019 2:44 pm

Solicitation Description: The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is seeking expressions of interest and Statements of Qualifications from qualified individuals or firms to provide professional architectural/engineering services for the design of a new Caddo Cultural Center Complex for the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site located in Cherokee County, Texas in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The Historic Sites Division of the Texas Historical Commission wishes to contract for professional architectural/engineering services with a qualified individual or firm for the design of a new Caddo Cultural Center Complex at the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Cherokee County, Texas. Responding firms should have specific education, training and experience in designing visitor centers and museums, Universal Design principles, environmentally sustainable and energy efficient design, design of storm shelters, and working with stakeholder groups from diverse cultural backgrounds on public projects. The Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is located 26 miles west of Nacogdoches, Texas on State Highway 21. It was the site of a very large Caddo village and ceremonial center for over 500 years, starting in about 800 A.D. The surviving features of the site include three large earthen mounds that were used for religious and ceremonial purposes. The property has been owned by the State of Texas and open to the public since the 1970s. Visitors to the site can learn about Caddo culture through a variety of exhibits and programs, as well as enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities. In 2007, the Texas Legislature transferred management of the property from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission (THC). In 2014, the THC completed a renovation and addition to the 1979 Visitor Center. In April 2019, a tornado completely destroyed the building. The current project is to design two structures that will replace the Visitor Center, taking the opportunity to make functional and programmatic improvements that will allow the site to better serve the public. The project will be completed in two phases. • Phase I will include the reconstruction of the main Visitor Center to house the fundamental functions of site operations: lobby, reception area, public restrooms, exhibit gallery, museum store, employee offices, breakroom, and various support spaces. This building will be located on the site of the previous building that was destroyed, adjacent to the existing parking lot that will remain. The building is anticipated to be a one-story slab-on-grade structure of approximately 4,500-6,000 square feet. • Phase II will include the construction of an Activity Center that will contain an activity hall, public restrooms, kitchen, and various support spaces, as well as a covered outdoor plaza. This structure may be attached to the Phase I building, or may be a freestanding structure connected to the main Visitor Center by a covered walkway. The building is anticipated to be a one-story slab-on-grade structure of approximately 3,500 square feet. Project goals include: • Creating durable, attractive and functional structures that reflect the concerns and culture of the Caddo Nation. To this end, representatives of the Caddo Nation will be invited to participate as stakeholders along with the THC in the programming and design of the new structures. The selected firm should be prepared to conduct 3-4 design charrettes in order to ensure that the design is culturally and functionally responsive. • Incorporating spaces into the new buildings that can serve as storm shelters during future severe weather events like the tornado that destroyed the previous building (and numerous other buildings in the area). • Incorporating the best practices of Universal Design into the buildings so that the buildings and their contents can be utilized and enjoyed by the greatest number of people. • Incorporating sound environmental design and sustainability principles that will enhance the durability and energy efficiency of the buildings. • Incorporating a landscape design around the buildings that includes raised bed demonstration gardens and the use of native Texas trees, shrubs and other plants. PRE-SUBMITTAL SITE VISIT. Respondents may visit the project site prior to the submittal deadline by making arrangements in advance with Tony Souther, site manager, at 936-858-3218 or anthony.souther@thc.texas.gov.

Class/Item Code: 90610-Buildings - Architectural Design
92537-Facilities Design Services, Engineering

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1ESBD_File_171769_RFQ 808-20-R192622.pdfRequest for Qualifications RFQ# 808-20-R192622
2ESBD_File_171769_HUB Subcontracting Plan (Attachment A).pdfHUB Subcontracting Forms (Attachment A)