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Pursuant to Alabama Act No. 2001-956, Auburn University seeks proposals from qualified professionals to consult with the University in the: preliminary development of conceptual designs through an in-person, multi-day design charrette, leading to the final facility program requirements and the provision of Basic Services, teamed with the Architect-of-Record, for the new Performing Arts Center (AU Project Number: 15-158). This procurement is for the Design Architect for the project.

Qualifications: Applicant firm will be selected on the basis of professional qualifications and successful experience with similar engagements for a professional performing arts setting, large civic structures or similar institutional facilities, and must clearly demonstrate considerable similar experience based upon the following criteria:

• Similar facility types in a University setting, including College theatre, music and/or dance departments.
• Experience with a publicly-viewed off-site multi-day design charrette, where concept design solutions are presented in a public presentation
• Delivering a technically-sound design solution for a University environs, similar to Auburn University and Auburn, Alabama.

This procurement will retain the Design Architect that will team with the Architect-of-Record (firm) to provide complete Basic Services and appropriate Special Services to design the Auburn University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC). This procurement is based upon the following parameters:

• The Design Architect (DA) selected for this procurement will be a consultant to, retained and managed by the Architect-of Record (AOR).
• The AOR will be selected in a separate procurement by Auburn University
• Propose only the design professionals within a single DA firm that will complete the Basic Services for the project. Specialty Consultants will be evaluated and selected after the DA and AOR have been selected.
• A charrette will be conducted from March 30, 2016 through April 2, 2016. A brief, outlining the charrette process, will be provided to those firms that are shortlisted.
• The firm(s) selected to interview for the AOR procurement will be invited to attend certain segments of the charrette, to interact with the DA candidates.
• Auburn University has retained AMS Planning & Research, Theatre Projects Consultants and Akustiks to provide consultation during the charrette. • Auburn University will shortlist up to four individual firms that will compete in a multi-day design charrette, to be held at Auburn University.
• Each shortlisted firm will receive $30,000 for their efforts, inclusive of all expenses.
• The project budget is $65M, with a tentative construction cost of $50M. This yields a Basic Services fee of $2,750,000, inclusive of all design and architect-of-record and engineering fees. Special Services will be considered.
• The successful firm will be selected based upon documented qualifications of the team and demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with Auburn University, consultants and constituents.

Project Description: The Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) will be located on the southern end of Auburn University’s main campus located to the west and across South College Street from the existing Jule Collins Smith Museum. The AUPAC will provide state-of-the-art performance spaces for use by Auburn University and visiting artists to Auburn. While still in the process of obtaining stakeholder input, it is likely that the project include two venues: a mid-sized multipurpose theatre and a smaller venue purpose built for music. The project may also include parking, foodservice and other public gathering areas. It is anticipated that a brief program verification phase will take place after the design team is selected to verify assumptions and confirm key project parameters.

AUPAC may consist of one or more new steel or concrete framed buildings of three (3) or more stories. The proposed building will contain approximately 90,000 GSF.

The project shall be designed and constructed, on or before March 2019.

Services from the Design Architect include:

•Review of existing site and environmental conditions. •Auburn University will provide survey and topographic data.
•Preliminary Program verification. Preliminary Program to be provided, prior to the charrette
•Basic Services design (A through E, working as a consultant to the AOR) as defined in the AlabamaBuilding Commission Manual
•Compliance with Auburn University Design & Construction Standards

Interested firms may request the questionnaire from and shall return the completed questionnaire to:

Michele Walter, AMS Planning & Research at
cc: Melora Cybul, AMS Planning & Research at

Completed questionnaires shall be addressed to:
Jim Carroll, University Architect at

Questionnaires shall be returned via e-mail to the address above and received no later than 3:00 PM Central Time, on or before Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Shortlisted firms will be notified via email by March 11, 2016. The multi-day design charrette will held at Auburn University, between March 30 and April 1, with a public presentation from 1P-4P on April 2, 2016. A separate package describing the charrette process will be forwarded to the short-listed teams.