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Design & Development Competition

May 17, 2007
Updated Competition Schedule.

March 2, 2007
March 1, 2007 Stage II Briefing presentation may be viewed here (PDF).

February 23, 2007
Competition Manual - Updated for Stage II (dates revised May 2007, see above)
Competition Stage II RFP (please note - dates revised May 2007, see Competition Schedule above)

February 15, 2007
Press release:
Four Teams Invited to Compete in Final Stage of International Design & Development Competition

February 9, 2007
The Design & Development Competition Jury is recommending that four teams of distinguished architects and prominent developers be invited to submit proposals for Stage II of the competition.  Stage II will result in one team that will be selected to design the landmark Transit Center and Tower in downtown San Francisco.

The Competition Jury made their decision after evaluating written qualifications and interviewing the five teams who responded to the Request for Qualifications, and are unanimously recommending four teams to the TJPA Board of Directors. The Board will vote on approving this list at their February 15, 2007 Board meeting.

The teams recommended to participate in Stage II of the competition are:

Santiago Calatrava and Boston Properties;
Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Rockefeller Group Development Corporation;
Pelli Clark Pelli Architects and Hines; and
Sir Richard Rogers Partnership and Forest City Enterprises with MacFarlane Partners.

January 11, 2007
The Competition Manager received submittals from five teams in response to the Transbay Transit Center & Tower Design & Development Competition RFQ.  Those teams (listed by lead designer and lead developer) are:

  • Santiago Calatrava and Boston Properties
  • Foster + Partners and The Related Companies with TMG Partners
  • Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Hines
  • Richard Rogers Partnership and Forest City Enterprises with MacFarlane Partners
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Rockefeller Group Development Corporation

See press release here.

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Competition RFQ
Q&A
Pre-Submittal Meetings
Pursuant to the Competition Manual, registration for this Competition is now closed and questions will no longer be accepted. 
Click here for the Final Registration List. (PDF)
Responses to the RFQ are due to the competition address by 3:00 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, January 11, 2007.

January 9, 2007
Addendum #1 to RFQ 06-08 was posted to the Competition RFQ webpage.

December 21, 2006
Today is the last day to submit Questions and the last day to Register, as pursuant to the Competition Manual.

November 13, 2006
In order to encourage participation in the Competition, we will be providing an opportunity for networking immediately following the two RFQ Pre-Submittal meetings at the Herbst Theatre. We encourage you to bring business materials and to plan to attend these informal networking sessions.  Refreshments will be provided.

November 1, 2006
RFQ for Transbay Transit Center & Tower Design & Development Competition Released

Please note:  All communications in the course of this competition shall be to the Competition Manager, Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP at transbay@stastnybrun.com  or (503) 222-5533. Do not contact the TJPA.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) was established to develop a new multi-modal Transit Center on the site of the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco and extend the Caltrain from its current terminus at 4th and Townsend Streets to the new Transit Center.  The TJPA is conducting an international Competition to select a Design/Development (D/D) Team to design the Transit Center and design and build a mixed use Transit Tower adjacent to the Transit Center.   The TJPA seeks a D/D Team capable of designing a Transit Center and Tower whose aesthetic, functional, and technical excellence are worthy of their position as the centerpiece of the Transbay Redevelopment Area and the focus of bus and rail transit for San Francisco, the Bay Area, and the State of California.

The scope of architectural/engineering services for the Transit Center and Tower will include all design, construction documents, and construction administration services. The financial and other terms of the Tower development shall be determined by agreements negotiated between the TJPA and the selected D/D Team.

The TJPA has assembled a Jury of recognized design, development, and transportation professionals that will recommend a D/D Team possessing the experience, expertise, and creativity to execute this high-profile, complex development project. 

The TJPA strongly encourages the D/D Teams to reflect the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Competition will be conducted in two-stages.

In Stage I, in response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Respondents will submit packages describing their interest in and qualifications concerning this project.  Each Respondent team must include a Lead Designer to design the Transit Center and Tower, a Development Entity for the Tower, and a full team of professionals capable of executing the work. The Jury will evaluate the submittals and recommend to the TJPA Board of Directors a short list of Respondents to be invited to participate in Stage II.

In Stage II, Respondents will prepare a Proposal for the design of the Transit Center, and a Proposal for design and development of the Tower. The Jury will evaluate the Proposals and recommend the top-ranked Respondent to the TJPA Board.  The Respondent approved by the Board will be invited to negotiate agreements with the TJPA to become the D/D Team.

Pre-Submittal Meetings will be held at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 at 10:00 am - noon on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 and from 9 am - 11 am on Thursday, December 7th, 2006.   Attendance at one of the two pre-submittal meetings is mandatory. A representative of the lead designer and a representative of the developer will be required to attend one of the two pre-submittal meetings.

In order to encourage participation in the Competition, we will be providing an opportunity for networking immediately following the RFQ Pre-Submittal meetings at the Herbst Theatre. We encourage you to bring your business materials and to plan to attend these informal networking sessions.

All Responses to the RFQ must be received at the Competition Address below no later than 3:00 pm (Pacific Time) on Thursday, January 11, 2007.

Transbay Joint Powers Authority
Attention:  Design and Development Competition Manager
201 Mission Street, Suite 1960
San Francisco, CA 94105

A copy of this RFQ, including required forms, may be downloaded on this page, or by contacting Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP, Competition Manager at transbay@stastnybrun.com or (503) 222-5533.  Do not contact the TJPA.

This announcement shall not create any legal rights or responsibilities.  All terms of this Competition shall be as set forth in the RFQ and related materials.  Without limiting the foregoing, any and all contracts will be contingent upon prior approval by the TJPA Board.

 

BACKGROUND
October 27, 2006
TJPA Announces Distinguished Jury for International Design & Development Competition

Announcement of upcoming release of Design and Development Competition RFQ

June 2, 2006
On June 2, 2006, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) Board of Directors voted to launch an international two-stage Design and Development Competition in order to select a Design and Development Team (D/D Team) to design the new landmark Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco and to design and develop a new  high-rise tower adjacent to the Transit Center (the TJPA will develop the Transit Center). The competition is designed to attract renowned teams from around the world to compete for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a landmark transit facility.  See TJPA Board of Directors Resolution No. 06-013.

The objective of the competition is to select a design team that has the talent, experience and capability to create outstanding architecture of the highest quality for the new Transit Center and Transit Tower. The selection process was also designed to select an experienced developer for the Transit Tower. The Lead Design Architect will be responsible for the design of both the Transit Center and the Transit Tower, in order to assure design quality and compatibility of the two buildings.

The Design Competition Process will:

  1. Seek design excellence
  2. Integrate design and development challenges
  3. Ensure a level playing field for all participants
  4. Create a transparent and informative process

The competition will include a jury of distinguished design, development and transit professionals.  In Stage 1 of the competition, the competition jury will qualify D/D Teams, each consisting of a developer, a lead designer that meets qualifications for design excellence, and the associated required technical disciplines for participation in Stage 2.

In Stage 2, each D/D Team will submit a proposal for the design of the Transit Center and the Tower and a financial contribution to the Transbay Transit Center Program.  The public will have the opportunity to see a presentation of each team’s design.  The Competition Jury will then select the D/D Team that has submitted the proposal that best meets the TJPA’s objectives of design quality and financial contribution, and present its recommendation to the TJPA Board of Directors for approval.

Following final selection by the TJPA Board, the TJPA will then enter into a design contract directly with the Lead Design Architect and A/E Team for the Transit Center.  The TJPA will separately enter into a Development Agreement with the Developer for the Transit Tower Project, including the same Lead Design Architect and the Tower A/E Team. It is possible that the Lead Design Architect and Developer may identify executive architects –to work under the Lead Design Architect- engineers, and specialized consultants separately for the Transit Center and Transit Tower projects, in order to employ designers that specialize in each building type.

The two-stage competition will be launched in the fall of 2006 and is expected to take approximately 36 weeks for completion.

All of the current images of the future Transbay Transit Center are concept designs that have been part of the preliminary phase of the program.  The design of the new Transit Center will be created by the winning team in the design competition.

 



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