Request for Proposals: Master Plan for Statewide Historic Preservation Center at historic Arthurdale high school
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV), in partnership with Arthurdale Heritage, is seeking qualified professionals and/or architecture firms to create a master plan for a statewide Historic Preservation Center based at the historic Arthurdale High School in Preston County, West Virginia.
The main goals of the Center will be:
As an add-on for this project, PAWV is seeking additional and separate quotes for preparation of construction documents for the Center’s full rehabilitation.
This contract will be fully funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Grant and will be completed in close conjunction with PAWV and Arthurdale Heritage’s staff.
Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
Responses may be submitted electronically via email to Danielle (LaPresta) Parker, PAWV
Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to 421 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241.
Email is preferred.
Organizational History & Project Overview
West Virginia has a unique cultural heritage, and as the statewide historic preservation nonprofit formed in 1982, PAWV has organized a variety of national service initiatives, funding and technical assistance programs, advocacy efforts, and educational programs aimed at making historic preservation an accessible tool to revitalize West Virginia’s communities and improve the lives of its citizens.
In 2006, PAWV began offering educational workshops about hands-on historic preservation to home-owners and DIYers upon hiring its first full-time executive director. Over the next 15 years, PAWV made hands-on historic trades education a programmatic priority through its field services outreach – the WV Endangered Properties Program - and by offering educational workshops and programs to everyone from AmeriCorps members, property owners, college students and community volunteers working on historic buildings. Our educational topics generally trended toward preserving a structure’s original wood windows and historic masonry (as well as cemetery preservation) according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.
In 2020, PAWV began noticing a decline in companies available to work on projects funded by historic preservation grants and implemented an outreach campaign to understand how the shortage of historic trades workers was affecting West Virginia as a whole. The following year, PAWV formed the West Virginia Historic Trades Task Force, a collection of West Virginia’s historic preservation project managers and professionals, which tasked itself with identifying and planning educational programs as one of its primary objectives. The Task Force’s goal is to increase the number of historic trades professionals and small businesses throughout the Mountain State.
In 2022, PAWV and Arthurdale Heritage partnered to develop a statewide Historic Preservation Center with the goal of rehabilitating the former Arthurdale High/Junior High School for the Center. The purpose of this project is to develop a master plan for the Center, and an add-on component of this project is the creation of construction documents for the Center’s full rehabilitation. The goals of the Center will be:
Formed in 1985, Arthurdale Heritage is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the Nation’s First New Deal Homestead – a National Historic District comprised of over 140 contributing buildings. Arthurdale Heritage is the owner and steward not only of the high school but also eleven other historic buildings in the original Arthurdale community planned in the 1930s. Arthurdale Heritage is a very active nonprofit organization and already offers educational programming in heritage crafts and to Preston County youth. Historic trades education is a natural addition to programming already offered at Arthurdale’s campus.
At the Historic Preservation Center, PAWV plans to offer both theoretical and hands-on educational programming in historic preservation with the goal of increasing our state’s historic preservation workforce and encouraging the development of more small businesses in this specialized and lucrative construction field. Our audiences will vary as we develop experiences for primary and secondary-school aged students, as well as certificate programs and AmeriCorps placements for people changing careers, or entering/re-entering the workforce.
Other plans for the center involve converting a portion of the school into a co-operative work and living space for emerging trades professionals and students pursuing short- and long-term educational opportunities. This will provide much needed lodging facilities to students traveling from other parts of West Virginia and the region to attend trainings. A co-operative workspace will be a valued asset for sub-contractors looking to minimize start-up costs, as well, and PAWV aims to attract skilled professionals to West Virginia by providing this resource.
Project Timeline & Scope of Work - We imagine the following work agreement between PAWV and the selected professional.
January 31, 2023: PAWV distributes request for proposals.
March 7, 2023: Deadline to submit proposal to email@example.com or by letter to PAWV, 421 Davis Ave, Elkins, WV 26241
March 7 – April 3, 2023: PAWV & Arthurdale Heritage will review proposals and select consultant after seeking approval from ARC staff.
April 4, 2023: PAWV will make the consultant award and begin contract period
April 4, 2023 – August 31, 2023: Phase 1 – Master Planning Meetings
If selected for the additional work, we would also work toward the creation of construction documents for the Center’s rehabilitation.
August 31 – September 30, 2023: Phase 2 – Consultant Drafts Master Plan
October 1 – October 31, 2023: Phase 3 – Comment Period
November 16 – December 15, 2023: Phase 5 – Final Comment Period
December 31, 2023 – January 16, 2024: Phase 6 – Consultant’s Final Edits
The final product and deliverable for this project is a master plan (final format a .pdf) that will help PAWV and Arthurdale Heritage reach their goal of turning the Arthurdale High School into a Historic Preservation Center. To meet this end, the selected professional will do the following:
As an add-on for this project, PAWV is seeking additional and separate quotes for preparation of construction documents for the Center’s full rehabilitation. The deliverable for this part of the project would be construction documents. Additional images below:
Assumptions and Agreements
Required Proposal Format
The proposal must contain the following sections: Technical, Costs, Qualifications, and References.
All bids and proposals are due by 5pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Proposals may be submitted via email to Danielle Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to PAWV, 421 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241.
Basis for Award of Contract
Award Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
This RFP does not commit PAWV or AHI to award a contract or to pay costs incurred by bidder in the preparation of a proposal to this RFP. PAWV and AHI may accept other than the lowest bid, waive minor informalities, and award a contract based only on the written proposal without any discussions with bidder. Issuance of a contract will be subject to the approval of PAWV and AHI. PAWV and AHI reserves the right to reject any or all proposals because of non-responsiveness to RFP requirements, insufficient funds, evidence of unfair bidding procedures, financial insolvency of bidder, or if, in the opinion of PAWV’s Executive Director, the best interests of the program will be served.
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