February 15, 2013

Design Services · St. Bernard and Reading Branches

The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County intends to contract for design services for the construction of new branch libraries in St. Bernard and Reading.

The preliminary project description includes the design and construction of an 8,000 square feet facility in St. Bernard and a 12,000 square feet facility in Reading. The project budget is established at $7,000,000. Design, consulting and permit fees are included as part of this budget. The source of funding is from the capital improvement budget of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The anticipated date for commencing design is April 2013. Bidding is anticipated in January 2014 for a construction startup in March 2014.

The architect will provide full architectural services for design of the completed facilities, including any civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering, and design for all interior furnishings, signage, equipment and shelving. The design architect will be involved during all phases of the project, from programming through schematic design, design development, bidding, and application for permits. The architectural firm also will be required to provide construction observation and management services.

Design firms interested in being considered for a contract to provide full services should reply with a Statement of Qualifications no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013. Statements received after this deadline will not be considered. Statements of qualification should include information regarding the firm’s history; education and experience of owners and key personnel; the technical and design expertise of the firm’s staff for this type of project; previous library projects completed by the firm; availability of staff; and client and contractor references. Statements of Qualification should be transmitted to Kimber L. Fender, The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, third floor administrative offices, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2071.

As required by Ohio Revised Code 153.65-153.71, Statements of Qualification will be evaluated and ranked on the basis of qualifications. The Library will enter into contract negotiations with the firm ranked most qualified.