Friday, October 8, 2004
Task Force evaluates RFQ responses
In preparation for Planning Day II, the Benfield Land Task Force met on Friday evening October 1 to review last- minute details and look over the responses to three Request for Quotations (RFQs) for designer services on the proposed multi-unit, multi-family affordable housing development. The Task Force sent out a total of 30 packages to interested parties and received 12 proposals in return.
The first RFQ allows $5,000 to review and evaluate new traffic generation, curb-cut accesses, intersections, sight lines, and physical conditions, with associated cost estimates. The only respondent was MS Transportation Systems and the Task Force will arrange an interview with the traffic consultant in the coming week.
The second RFQ authorizes a $5,000 designer's fee for someone to develop marketing-and-demand analysis, generate a housing unit program matrix, and propose a unit size and ownership structure. Two companies responded with proposals — Terry Anderson Consulting and Toby Kramer of Riverside Consulting in Concord. Members of the Task Force will interview both for the housing consultant position.
The architect's job drew the most responses (9) because of the possibility of lucrative follow-on work. This RFQ provides $15,000 to develop a master site plan with housing layouts and schematic building elevations and cost estimates. The Task Force reviewed each proposal and picked five for follow-up interviews in the coming week.
Those proposals reviewed but not chosen for various reasons were:
1. CSS Architects, Inc. of Wakefield, MA
2. Kang Associates of Sudbury
3. Luna Design Group, Lynnfield, MA
4. Nalini Associates of Harvard, MA
Five proposals were chosen for further evaluation:
1. Deck House of Acton
2. Linea 5 Inc. of Boston
3. Mostue and Associates of Somerville
4. Spalding Tougias Associates (STA)
5. Winslow Architects
They will be invited to attend the next meeting of the Benfield Land Task Force to give a 20-minute presentation on their qualifications for the job. Final choices will immediately follow in order for the Task Force to meet their deadline of a master development plan for the property to be voted on at the Spring Town Meeting.
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