(Long Island City, NY – July 31, 2020) Commissioner Lorraine Grillo of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced that DDC today issued two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to identify up to 30 firms that will provide architectural and technical design services for the next generation of New York City’s public buildings under the agency’s Project Excellence Program.
The RFPs will be issued on Friday, July 31, and will be available for download here. A virtual pre-proposal conference will be held on Monday, August 17. Responses to the architectural design services RFP are due by September 4 and responses to the technical design services RFP are due by September 25.
DDC is the City’s principal construction management agency, building infrastructure in addition to public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, community health centers, recreation centers, theaters and museums. The agency’s Public Buildings Division works with more than 20 City agencies plus numerous cultural institutions that receive funding from the City.
“The firms selected for the next round of Project Excellence will be tasked with creating inspirational public buildings while ensuring we meet common-sense goals for on-time and on-budget performance,” said DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo. “Given the extraordinary moment the City is enduring, this RFP offers an opportunity for our industry partners to reimagine how we can work together to incorporate all of the essential components of well-designed buildings: aesthetics, functionality, cost, constructability and durability.
“We’ve made several important changes to the Program this year to incentivize and challenge design firms to meet the City’s objectives. I strongly encourage designers who want to make a difference to respond to our RFPs and help build the next generation of great public works that will serve millions of New Yorkers,” Commissioner Grillo said.
DDC highly encourages participation in the Project Excellence Program by Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). To learn more about how eligible firms can become certified as an M/WBE, please visit: Certify With the City. DDC was one of the City’s leading agencies for M/WBE contract awards in Fiscal Year 2020, with a utilization rate of 25 percent and contract value of more than $447,000,000.
DDC’s Project Excellence Program (previously known as Design and Construction Excellence) pre-qualifies firms to provide design services for its public buildings projects, reducing the time required to procure design services while ensuring the highest levels of quality and professionalism in construction projects managed by the agency. The agency contracted with 26 design firms for the current round of the Program, which will expire in 2021.
For the Program’s next round, which will begin during a time a fiscal restraint because of the ongoing COVID crisis, the agency will seek to contract for three years with up to 20 firms for architectural design services, including for new construction and major renovations, and up to 10 firms for technical design services, which can include structural, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), historic preservation, envelope, roof and landscape design.
Firms responding to the RFPs will be categorized according to the size of their professional staffs. For architectural design services, up to five small firms (professional staff size 5 – 20) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $100,000 to $10,000,000; up to 10 medium firms (professional staff size 21 – 50) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $10,000,001 to $50,000,000; and up to five large firms (professional staff size above 50) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $50,000,001 up to $200,000,000.
For technical design services, up to five small firms (professional staff size 5 – 20) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $100,000 to $10,000,000, while up to five medium firms (professional staff size 21 or over) will be selected to receive projects with estimated construction costs ranging from $10,000,001 up to $50,000,000.
The upcoming round of Project Excellence will emphasize the principles expressed in DDC’s Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence, which was introduced in January 2019 as a strategy guide to delivering DDC projects faster and more cost effectively. Firms selected for the program will be evaluated on performance, on the ability to meet new standardized design durations and on the ability to create designs that lead to projects that are delivered on time and on budget.
The next round of Project Excellence will include several changes intended to guarantee fair compensation and flexibility for firms as they seek to meet those goals:
About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $14 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.