A Design Team Search for the Pierscape at Navy Pier RFQ

Sponsor: Navy Pier, Inc.
Type of competition: RFQ, three-stage
Language: English
Location: Chicago
Eligibility: Qualified design teams
Registration Fee: None
CHAIRMAN Ms. Sarah Garvey – Retired, The Boeing Company John G. Shedd Aquarium
VICE-CHAIRMAN Mr. Pat Daly – The Daly Group LLC
SECRETARY/TREASURER Ms. Andrea Zopp – The Chicago Urban League
EX-OFFICIO Mr. David Mosena – The Museum of Science and Industry
EX-OFFICIO Mr. James R. Reilly – Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
Mr. Marc Brooks – MKMB Corporation
Ms. Nora Daley Conroy – Chicago Metropolis 2020
Mr. Roberto Herencia – BXM Holdings Inc.
Ms. Donna LaPietra – Kurtis Productions, LTD.
Mr. Terry Peterson – The Chicago Transit Authority
Mr. John Schmidt – Mayer Brown LLP
Mr. Kurt Summers – The Cook County Board of Commissioners
Mr. Kelly R. Welsh – The Northern Trust Company
Ms. Marilynn K. Gardner – CEO and General Manager
Design teams invited to Phase III (5 teams) will each receive a stipend of $50,000
Phase I:
15 September 2011 – Online Pre-submittal meeting
20 September 2011 – Notification of Intent to Participate due
22 September 2011 – Last day for written questions
29 September 2011 – Last response date for answers
06 October 2011 – Design team portfolio and qualifications due
20 October 2011 – Shortlisted design teams notified (10 teams selected)
Phase II:
10 November 2011 – Design team organization and approach due
Phase III:
24 January 2012 – Design proposals and fee estimates due
Design challenge:
Navy Pier provides the opportunity for a Design Team to have a profound impact on one of the most important and visible public places in Chicago. The Pier is the most popular attraction in Chicago, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually. Design Teams interested in participating in this search process should be comprised of representatives from landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, communication and graphic design, lighting design, art curation, engineering, and other relevant disciplines. These self-organized teams will be asked to submit creative solutions for the Pier’s public realm. The search will culminate with the selection in early 2012 of designers to work with Navy Pier to implement a new design for the Pierscape.

The Pierscape Design Team search is an important part of a larger Navy Pier initiative entitled The Centennial Vision, the goal of which is to make Navy Pier a truly iconic and world-class destination. As the Pier approaches its centennial, now is the time to look at future possibilities for the Pier. It is important to preserve the heritage of the “People’s Pier” while refreshing and improving its public spaces. We are confident that the framework that we have put together is visionary, practical, and achievable. The Pierscape design should follow suit so that it is inspirational, feasible, and gets built.
Submission requirements:
Unless noted otherwise, all material submitted in response to this RFP should be done as 8½” X 11” PDF’s uploaded digitally to the Pierscape RFP website, navypiervision.com/rfp. Design Teams should provide a thorough submittal using the guidelines presented herein. Submittals should be straightforward and concise.
For more information: http://www.navypiervision.com/