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City of Seattle Issues Central Waterfront Request for Qualifications

City of Seattle

Central Waterfront Project
Statements of Qualifications due August 4, 2010 by 4 PM

Track A. Urban Design and Public Space Design Disciplines
Track B. Project Management, Engineering, Environmental
and Technical Disciplines

Project Summary
The Central Waterfront Project is one of the most significant civic projects in Seattle's 150-year history. With the decision to remove the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct and replace the Elliott Bay Seawall, Seattle has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reclaim its downtown waterfront, reconnect the city to Elliott Bay, and set an example for the sustainable development of the rapidly-urbanizing Puget Sound shoreline. As important, we have the opportunity to create a new "heart" for our City – a dynamic and forward-looking public space accessible and attractive to people from all walks of life, and connecting both the physical and the cultural fabric of our city to Elliott Bay.

The City of Seattle is seeking an integrated design team of exceptional talent and experience to assist in achieving this vision. The scope of work includes:

  • A framework plan that establishes the broader planning context for the project;
  • Design of the following specific elements:
    • A new multi-modal street along Alaskan Way and the existing SR99 alignment, between King Street and Elliott and Western Avenues near the south portal of the existing Battery Street Tunnel
    • More than 9 acres of new public spaces
    • New drainage and combined sewer overflow (CSO) facilities, and relocation of existing utilities, and
  • Development and implementation of a robust outreach and engagement strategy in partnership with the City and Seattle Waterfront Steering Committee, with the goal of ensuring citywide engagement in the design process, and a broad sense of ownership and support for this project.

Design Budget
The estimated budget for the planning and design of the entire Project is $50 to 70 million. The budget for design work in Phase I (first two years) is expected to be $4 to 6 million.

Design: October 2010 - 2015
Construction: 2016 - 2018

Obtaining the Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Interested qualified consultants may request the RFQ packet at the following address:, or TTY 800-833-6388. The RFQ includes a preliminary scope of work, and administrative requirements such as selection process, schedule, etc.


Pre-submittal Conference: Those interested in responding the RFQ are encouraged to attend a pre-submittal conference on Monday July 12th, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The conference will be held at Seattle's Central Library Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98164 (enter off 4th Avenue between Madison and Spring Streets).

Contact: Any questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to Seattle Department of Transportation's Project Manager Steve Pearce at (206) 684-8371 or [email protected]

Published on:
July 1, 2010 - 4:50pm
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