Re-develop the Civic Auditorium site, please.

Re-develop the Civic Auditorium site, please.

By Juan Perez Jr. December 6, 2012 1:06 pm Comments

The city seeks a headhunter, or “owner representative,” to determine a plan for site of the Civic Auditorium, music hall and convention center and enticing developers to make it a reality.

City officials said they envision a national search for a good match. The consultant will conduct a market study to find out what development would be the best fit for the site and for the city’s master plan.

Think you can handle it? The copy of the city’s entire RFP is pasted below.

Preliminary estimates peg the cost to demolish the 9,300-seat auditorium, Music Hall and convention hall at $5 million to $7 million, Suttle said. The estimates, however, did not include an environmental study of the structure, and the actual cost could be higher.

“The City of Omaha believes that the Civic Auditorium and Music Hall structures are not economically feasible for rehabilitation and continued use,” the city’s request for proposals says. ”It is anticipated that these structures would be removed as part of a redevelopment project.  It is also anticipated that the Parking Structure will be retained by the City of Omaha but may be available to support the redevelopment project.”

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REQUEST FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Owner’s Representative

Civic Auditorium Site Redevelopment Project

The City of Omaha Planning Department is requesting proposals for professional services for an owner’s representative to represent the City through the Request for Proposals process to select a developer for the Civic Auditorium Site in the central business district (and potentially at the City’s option, throughout the redevelopment project).  The redevelopment site is bound by Chicago Street, 17th Street, Capitol Avenue and 19th Street (see Exhibit A).

The Civic Auditorium Site is an approximately 9.4 acre site containing the Civic Auditorium (arena and exhibition hall), Music Hall and Parking Structure.  A study of the current facilities and the renovation requirements (see Exhibit B) and an estimate of the demolition cost were prepared (see Exhibit C).  A commitment for title insurance (see Exhibit D) and a boundary survey and topographic survey have been obtained (see Exhibit E).  A real estate appraisal of the site was prepared (see Exhibit F).  A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment has been prepared (see Exhibit H).  Due to the size of the attachments, it is not possible to send them via email.  Exhibits B through H will be provided to you by the City of Omaha Planning Department in the form of a CD.

The City of Omaha believes that the Civic Auditorium and Music Hall structures are not economically feasible for rehabilitation and continued use.  It is anticipated that these structures would be removed as part of a redevelopment project.  It is also anticipated that the Parking Structure will be retained by the City of Omaha but may be available to support the redevelopment project.

The Scope of Work will result in a market feasibility study, a conceptual design study, a Request for Proposals and a request for proposal process leading to the selection of a developer.  The following objectives are necessary to achieve the desired redevelopment of the City-owned Civic Auditorium Site.

·     The redevelopment of the Civic Auditorium Site must be consistent with the City of Omaha Downtown Master Plan (see Exhibit G).

·     The ultimate development of the Civic Auditorium Site must be of sufficient size and scale befitting this strategic location and must demonstrate good design qualities in full compliance with the City’s Urban Design Master Plan Element and Ordinance.  This development must become a major catalyst for additional rehabilitation or redevelopment of appropriate properties in an approximately quarter mile area.

·     The development must be a bridge project that connects the central business district to the Creighton University and North Downtown areas.

·     The development should be respectful of its adjacency to the historic Central High School and to Joslyn Museum.

Scope of Work:  The enclosed Scope of Services describes the proposed elements for Owner’s Representative services for the Civic Auditorium Site Redevelopment Project (see Attachment A).

Schedule:  The enclosed Scope of Services lists the time schedule for the project (see Attachment A).

Project Budget:  The Owner’s Representative Services budget for the Civic Auditorium site will be determined by negotiation upon selection through this Request for Professional Services process.  The selected Owner Representative team will be paid by the City for time and materials up to a maximum not-to-exceed amount determined through the negotiation process.  The City reserves the right to retain the services of the selected Owner’s Representative team through the developer contract negotiation and development stages of the subsequent redevelopment project.  The Owner’s Representative is excluded from participating as a respondent in the bidding process and from the development team submitting the subsequent Request for Proposals to redevelop the Civic Auditorium Site.

Proposal Requirements:  All firms interested in being considered for this project should submit proposals that include the following:

1.     A letter of interest not to exceed two pages.  (Include the name, telephone and fax numbers, mailing address and email address of the contact person.)

2.     The body of the proposal (Project Understanding and Approach) will be limited to eight (8) pages (8-1/2” by 11” single sided) including displays, figures/graphics.

3.     Project organization chart identifying any teaming arrangements.  Identify availability of key personnel and redundancy for the duration of the project (does not count towards the eight page limit of Understanding and Approach). Project organization chart shall be limited to two (2) single sided pages.

4.     A description of the role of any proposed sub-consultants (does not count towards the eight page limit of Understanding and Approach).  Description of the role of any proposed sub-consultants shall be limited to one (1) single sided page.

5.     Proposed schedule for completion.  Proposed schedule shall be limited to one (1) single sided page (can be 8 ½” x 11”, or 11” x 17”).

6.     A list of similar work (four projects maximum) performed within the last 5 years to include dollar amount, project description, project team, and owner/client/reference contacts including phone numbers and addresses.  Descriptions of similar work will be limited to four (4) single sided pages (one per project) OR a maximum of two (2) pages (11” by 17” single sided).

7.     Resumes for up to 9 key team members may be submitted explaining their roles in the project, their relevant experience and workplace location.  Resumes shall be limited to one (1) single sided page per person.

a.     The consultant team must include expertise in real estate market feasibility analysis, planning, engineering and real estate development.

b.     Describe the consultant team’s knowledge of and experience with Nebraska Community Development law, particularly as it relates to Tax Increment Financing. Project development.

c.     Describe the consultant team’s knowledge of and experience with the Omaha zoning ordinance and land use regulations.

8.     Provide proof of professional liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00.

NOTE: Price is not a selection factor and is not to be included in the consultant’s proposal.  The price will be negotiated after the consultant is selected.  The cost plus a fixed fee contract will be negotiated after the consultant is selected.

Selection Factors

Point Range

Poor – Excellent1)     Ability and experience of professional personnel and staff.0 – 252)     Past performance.0 – 203)     Adequate staff to perform the work and willingness to meet time requirements.0 – 204)     Project understanding and approach.0 – 25Total Points to Determine Short List 5)     Equity in distribution of work among most highly qualified firms.0 – 10Total Points for Final Selection

Selection will be based upon qualifications and interviews.

Submittal of Proposals:

Questions regarding this scope of work should be directed to R. E. Cunningham, Director, Omaha Planning Department, 1819 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68183.  Telephone:  (402) 444-5405.  E-mail:  Rick.Cunningham@ci.omaha.ne.us

Proposals shall be submitted to the Omaha Public Works Department, Attention:  Todd Pfitzer, 1819 Farnam Street, Suite 600, Omaha, NE 68183, by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Submit seven (7) copies of your proposal.