Requests for Proposals


Project No. 7168


Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 7C, §§ 44-57, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department (PFD) is requesting qualification statements for services including master planning, studying, programming and cost estimating for the Boston Public Library, McKim Building Improvements project.

The scope of services for the McKim Building Improvements includes, but is not limited to: Master Plan, Visioning, Feasibility Study, Programming and Cost Estimating services for the renovations to the Boston Public Library, McKim Building and Entry Plaza project. The designer will coordinate closely with staff from the Boston Public Library and the Public Facilities Department as well as community and user groups. Designer will be contracted up-through the Master Plan phase. The City reserves the right to retain the selected designer to provide complete professional services for design, construction and commissioning phases.

Price will not be considered when initially evaluating a proposal. After the finalists have been ranked, the City will enter into fee negotiations with the offeror. Completion shall be 52 weeks after execution of a contract. Applicants must be a registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with master planning experience.

A draft concept program for this project has been prepared and is attached for review. A program for the project will not be prepared beyond the scope of services stated above.

The design and construction project, if authorized, will be performed under applicable M.G.L. c.149 §§ 44A-44J or M.G.L. c. 149A.

Applicants must provide the names of key personnel and consultants that will be utilized on this project for the following disciplines: architect, cost estimator, code consultant, historic restoration and permitting consultant, civil engineer, landscape architect, structural engineer, fire protection engineer, plumbing engineer, HVAC engineer, electrical engineer, telecommunications and data engineer, sustainable design specialist, lighting consultant, specifications writer, and vertical transportation consultant.

Applicants, at a minimum, must have prior experience on projects in the following types of projects: Urban Settings, Historically Significant Buildings, Public Library Facilities (particularly large-scale multi-user facilities), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and Chapter 149 & 149A projects.

Applicants, at a minimum, must have prior experience on the following types of services: Master Planning, Urban Planning, Historical Preservation, Facility Assessments for Public Libraries, Museum and Archival Space Design, Exhibit Design, Community presentations.

Applicants are hereby notified a site viewing is scheduled for: Friday, January 31, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Commonwealth Salon, Central Library, McKim Building, 230 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02117

The Designer Application may be obtained from the Public Facilities Department Bid Counter, 26 Court Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 on January 20, 2020 and will be e-mailed if necessary. If interested, please call (617) 635- 4809 or send an email to and refer to this advertisement.

Statements of Qualifications must be returned by February 27, 2020 no later than 2:00 P.M.

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