The contractor will be expected to develop its design in close collaboration with the city. When its drawings and specifications are far along as part of the Phase 1 contract, the firm must develop a Guarantee Maximum Price, using an "open book" method for subcontractor bids.
That GMP will serve as the basis for the Phase 2 contract (construction phase), which city staff will have to seek approval for from the City Council.
The city has used a pro-typical design for its previously built fire stations, and wants to use a similar design for station no. 9 (at 3856 Center Loop) and the two to follow. But it is open to cost-saving methods through new design that incorporate the spirit of the existing fire stations.
A pre-bid meeting will be held this Thursday at 10 a.m., in the Procurement and Contracts Division office (4th floor) of City Hall. Applications are due by Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. to the division office.
The city expects to have a selection committee arrive at its intended choice by Oct. 19, with a City Council meeting to approve the selection and authorize negotiations by Nov. 13, and contract negotiations to run through November.