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Seeking Architectural Services for Rehabilitating the 1890 Blacksmith Shop

General The City of Winterville is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to architecture firms experienced in project concept-planning, development of architectural plans, and developing construction and bid documents. Responding firms should be technically qualified and licensed to provide these services and experienced in the preparation of plans for redevelopment and historic building rehabilitation. Services provided will include preparation of a Preliminary Architectural Report and further design services if a Community Development Block Grant Redevelopment Fund, or other Federal or State funding, if awarded. Background The City of Winterville is considering applying for the Community Development Block Grant Redevelopment Fund to assist with the rehabilitation of the historic Blacksmith Shop, located in the town center between the Winterville Depot and City Hall. The building has served as a storage space for the City of Winterville for a number of years and has deteriorated into poor condition. The building is believed to be the original blacksmith shop built during a similar timeframe as the Winterville Depot, with an estimated construction date of 1890. The building measures approximately 690 square feet with wood siding and a metal roof. The City would like to redevelop the property to potentially include office space for city operations, a small business, or a local non-profit. Due to the building’s age and location within Winterville’s local historic district and National Register historic district, preservation standards and guidelines need to be considered in the plan. The plan will need to include façade improvements, structural stabilization, and other exterior and interior renovations and upgrades. Administration The RFQ is issued by City of Winterville with technical assistance provided by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC). Evaluation Procedures for selection of an individual or firm will be in accordance with local government requirements, the Common Rule Selection Process, and HUD administered regulations. All Statements of Qualifications will be evaluated in terms of project approach, timing, experience, quality of work, capacity to perform, and costs. Prior experience in similar projects and qualifications of principal staff should be included. Past performances on similar projects, multi-use planning, and design also will be reviewed for project timeliness, completing work within budget, quality of work and other factors such as knowledge of community. Local government experiences and qualifications desired include, but are not limited to, preparation of architectural plans for rehabilitation projects, historic preservation projects, federally funded projects, building assessment, and estimations of plan implementation costs. Experience in adaptive-use of buildings is also desirable. Information Required The statement of qualifications shall contain the following: A. History of firm and resources B. CDBG/EIP/RDF experience, including other DCA grant programs C. Key personnel/qualifications D. Current workload E. Scope and level of service proposed F. Experience with similar projects and list of references G. Fees and/or Percentages (if any) associated with the Preliminary Architectural Report (PAR) for the application, and Design and Construction Management Services, if the project is funded. The draft PAR would be needed no later than June 30, 2023. H. Errors and Omissions Insurance I. Statement of Qualifications Form J. Section 3 Certification Form (Only Submit with your Qualifications if you are claiming Section 3 Status.) Selection Process The procedure being followed is a request for qualifications followed by a review, ranking, and selection by the City of Winterville. An invitation to conduct the project will be issued to the selected firm and all RFQ respondents will be notified of selection or non-selection at the appropriate time. Schedule March 8, 2023 Request for Qualifications Published April 12, 2023 Qualifications received by 5:00 p.m. (deadline) April 13, 2023 Vendor List prepared April 28, 2023 Vendors reviewed and selected by the City of Winterville This schedule is approximate. All items except the receipt date for qualifications statements will be subject to change at the discretion of the City of Winterville and/or the NEGRC. Procedures for Submission of Statement of Qualifications All interested parties should request copies of the Statement of Qualifications Form and Section 3 Solicitation Package prior to preparing and submitting their qualifications. Statements of qualifications must be received by the NEGRC no later than 5:00 p.m. E.S.T., April 12, 2023. Late submissions will be returned unopened. Facsimile and emailed submittals will not be accepted. Statements of qualifications (4 hard copies) should be sent directly to: Ms. Lydia Joffray, Historic Preservation Planner Northeast Georgia Regional Commission 305 Research Drive Athens, GA 30605-2795 706 369-5650 The statement of qualifications must be accompanied by a cover letter stating the name and role of the primary consultant and any sub-consultants. It should be signed by officers of the prime and subcontractors, if applicable, with the authority to submit a statement of qualifications from their respective firms.

General questions regarding this RFQ should be emailed to: Questions and answers will also be published on Miscellaneous Provisions A. All contracts are subject to Federal and State contract provisions prescribed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This project is covered under the requirements of Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, as amended and Section 3 Business Concerns are encouraged to apply. B. The City of Winterville also abides by the following laws as they pertain to HUD Assisted Projects: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Title 1; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act); Section 104(b)(2) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. C. Neither the NEGRC nor the participating government shall be responsible for any costs incurred in the preparation of the statement of qualifications or other related activities. D. All questions shall be submitted in writing (e-mail is acceptable). All questions and responses will be shared with all requesting firms responding to this RFQ before the stated deadline. E. All materials submitted in connection with this RFQ will be public documents and subject to the Open Records Act and all other laws of the State of Georgia and the United States of America, and subject to the open records policies of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission. All such materials shall remain the property of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and will not be returned to the respondent. F. All respondents to this RFQ shall hold harmless the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, the participating governments, and any of their officers and employees from all suits and claims alleged to be a result of this RFQ. The issuance of this RFQ constitutes only an invitation to present qualifications. The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, whether any aspect of a respondent's submittal meets the criteria in this RFQ. The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission also reserves the right to seek clarifications, to negotiate with any vendor submitting a response, to reject any or all responses with or without cause, and to modify the procurement process and schedule. In the event that this RFQ is withdrawn or the project canceled for any reason, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and participating governments shall have no liability to any respondent for any costs or expenses in connection with this RFQ or otherwise.

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