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RFQ- Franklin Square Evaluation and Design (RFQ)


Six (6) copies of the written Statement of Qualifications and U.S. Government Forms SF330 must be received by the Authority no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday September 10, 2009.

The Delaware River Port Authority (Authority) hereby invites interested professional consulting engineering firms to submit a Statement of Qualification for providing engineering design services for the Franklin Square Evaluation and Design. The Franklin Square area has undergone significant pedestrian traffic change since 2003. Among those changes, the Square itself draws 750,000 annual visitors and the constitution Centers draws 1,000,000 annual visitors. Franklin Square Station has been closed since 1983. The Scope of Services the Authority requires for this project and this effort represents the initial steps necessary for an eventual reopening of Franklin Square Station including all design activities required to prepare construction specifications, bid documents and cost estimates.

The successful consultant shall incorporate, coordinate and integrate completed DRPA studies and an existing architectural design for certain areas within the concourse. This is necessary to maximize the benefit of work completed during recent and related engineering and design projects. This project work scope will also include: Structural Analysis and Design, Systems Integration in connection with interfacing with future expansion possibilities, a Pedestrian Access Study and alternative pedestrian traffic concepts for the north and east neighborhood (Old City) adjacent to Franklin Square. Further, for the purposes of expediency and cost savings, the consultant shall provide system integration of certain existing architectural design themes and system integration and interface of existing engineering and design work in elevator installation. It is expected the concourse area will be similar to the design theme where other PATCO concourse improvements are slated to begin this summer.
The selected consultant may also be required to prepare an updated Ridership Analysis.

The proposed improvements consist of, but are not limited to, new floor finishes; painting; new ceilings; glazed wall tile repairs/replacement; new lighting and electrical work; replacement of the existing Electrical Substation and Electrical Distribution System, new escalators/elevators; plumbing and mechanical work; architectural upgrades and enhancements; installation of new ticket sales areas and related ticketing equipment. The Structural Analysis and Design efforts will focus primarily at several of the existing staircases and at the location specific to the planned elevator and escalator which are, among other service benefits, design components for achieving ADA compliance. The consultant shall incorporate the latest updates and new requirements as imposed by all related mass transit standards including the National Fire Protection Agency – NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit Systems, which sets requirements for emergency egress at stations. As a point of reference, in 2007, NFPA updated requirements for emergency egress.

Following completion of the above reports, analysis and related engineering work and DRPA written evaluation of same, the Consultant shall develop Technical Specifications and Bid documents. The technical effort will be developed in part, with the use of a prior report initially prepared in 2003 and updated in 2009, which will be made available for review upon request. Consultant at the outset of this effort shall evaluate the eventual improvements as detailed within the aforementioned 2003/2009 Report for compliance with all applicable updated codes and in particular, the aforementioned update in 2007 as imposed by the National Fire Protection Agency – NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit Systems.

Six (6) copies of the written Statement of Qualifications and U.S. Government Forms SF330 must be received by the Authority no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday September 10, 2009. The Statement of Qualifications should be addressed to Mr. William C. Brooks, P.E., Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer, Delaware River Port Authority, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, P.O. Box 1949, Camden, New Jersey 08101. The mailing envelope containing the Statement of Qualifications shall be labeled “Franklin Square Evaluation and Design”. The Statement of Qualifications shall describe, in five (5) pages or less, the qualifications of the firm and the key personnel on the design team and shall briefly describe similar consultation projects successfully completed in the last five years by the firm and the key personnel. The Statement of Qualifications will be used by the Authority to establish a short list of consultants to receive a Request for Proposal and to engage a consultant for this project.

The DRPA is firmly committed to providing equal employment and business opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or non-job related disability. In that regard, the DRPA will affirmatively assure that, in regard to any DRPA agreement contract or subcontract entered into pursuant to this matter, qualified and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and women business enterprises (WBEs) will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids and will not be discriminated against on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or non-job related disability in consideration for an award.

This public advertisement constitutes the Delaware River Port Authority’s formal solicitation to determine the interest of qualified Professional Engineering firms in the aforementioned project.

By: William C. Brooks, P.E.
Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer
Phone: 856-968-2062

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