REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Historic Structures Report by oiu19684



Historic Structures Report & Preservation Plan
        For Storey County Courthouse
             Virginia City, Nevada

             Proposals Due:
         Monday, February 15, 2010
              5:00 PM PST

               Storey County Courthouse
                26 South B Street, Virginia City

     Storey County has received grant funding to hire a qualified professional to develop a
     Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan for the Storey County Courthouse. The
     project focuses on developing an architectural evaluation for defining features, a
     determination of existing condition of the structure, development of a plan for repair and
     maintenance; including short and long term goals, and treatment recommendations that
     preserve the historical integrity and current functionality of the building.


     Organized in 1861, Storey County is named after Captain Edward Storey who died during
     the 1860 Pyramid Lake War. Virginia City has always been the county's seat of government.
     Officials initially operated from a variety of structures, the last of which stood on B Street,
     one block above the main commercial corridor. The Great Fire of 1875 destroyed this
     building and many of its records.
     The county commission employed Kenitzer and Raun of San Francisco to design a
     replacement courthouse. Completed in 1877 for roughly $117,000, it was the most costly
     courthouse in Nevada until the completion of the Washoe County facility in 1911. Storey
     County's two-story Italianate structure includes a two-tier jail, a spacious courtroom, and
     large iron-sheathed vaults for records. Its facade combines fine brick and ornate iron
     The courthouse's statue of Justice is the only one to grace the exterior of a Nevada building.
     The full-sized, zinc figure came from New York and cost $236 including shipping. Local
     folklore maintains it is one of two or three in the nation without a blindfold, presumably
     because the Wild West needed Justice to pursue crime vigorously. In fact, Justice with eyes
     exposed was a common option in the nineteenth century, and over twenty examples survive
     throughout the country.
     Electrified during the depression, the courtroom features Art Deco style light fixtures. The
     building is one of two nineteenth-century courthouses (the other being in Eureka) still
     serving local government.

     (Background information courtesy Ronald James and Julie Rose: Online Nevada
     Encyclopedia. (2010). Storey County Courthouse. Retrieved January 11, 2010, from


     The project team shall meet the professional qualification standards for architectural
     history or historic architect as set forth in 36 CFR Part 61 Appendix A. The ideal consultant
     team would include a Historical Architect and/or an Architectural Historian, a structural
     engineer with a minimum of five years experience dealing with historical properties and a
     mechanical/electrical and plumbing engineer with a minimum of five years experience
     dealing with historic properties.
     Submittals for each team member should include a resume, description of experience,
     references, samples of work and project approach.

     The selected consultant will prepare a Historic Structures Report for the Storey County
     Courthouse. The primary focus of the report will be typical treatment recommendations,
     repair, maintenance and operational requirements to preserve the historic structure.

     The contents of the Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan should be organized
     according to the following format:

     1. Table of Contents
     2. Forward
     3. Purpose of Report—Preservation Objectives
     4. Brief History of the Property
     5. Construction History
     6. Architectural Evaluation
     7. Existing Conditions
     8. Prioritized Repair Schedule
     9. Maintenance and Operational Requirements
     10. Treatment Recommendations
     11. Drawings and Photographs
     12. Sources
     13. References
     14. Appendices

     The selected consultant shall prepare all work products resulting from this project in
     accordance with Preservation Brief 43 The Preparation of Historic Structures Reports
     when such standards are applicable and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

     The activities of the selected consultant will include minimal archival research with the
     assistance of County staff, interviews with residents of the community and inspection of the
     property. The interior and exterior of the building shall be documented and surveyed.

     Attendance at Meetings:
     The scope of services requires the selected consultant to work closely with staff in
     completing the project. The consultant will budget (at a minimum) attendance at four
     project meetings with County staff including a “kick-off” meeting with SHPO
     representatives. One project meeting will be held in advance of the research process so that
     staff may supply historic documents and photographs that can help inform the preparation
     of the final report.

     Project Materials:
     The consultant team is required to provide powerful visuals that effectively completed and
     enhance the meeting and project process. All materials developed for this project will
     become the property of Storey County. Additional deliverables as required include: monthly
     and quarterly progress reports, electronic files on CD (Word and PDF format) for each final
     product; presentation boards and PowerPoint presentations for meetings. Meeting
     materials including agendas, minutes, presentations, supplementary handouts, and
     materials and display boards shall be submitted to the Grant Manager for approval prior to
     all meetings, workshops or public hearings.
     Final product deliverables will include 4 hardcopies of the preservation plan (3 bound and 1
     unbound) and one electronic copy on a CD (in word and PDF format).

     Deliverables and Schedule:
     Except as noted above, one hard copy and one electronic copy shall be submitted as follows:

                  Building & Site Evaluation with photo documentation           4/30/10
                  90% Draft                                                     6/30/10
                  Final Historic Structures Report & Preservation Plan          7/30/10


     January 25, 2010           Release RFQ
     February 15, 2010          Proposals Due by 5:00 pm
     February 16, 2010          Notification of Top Proposals
     February 26, 2010          Execution of Contract


     A. All SOQ’s should address the following:

                   Indentify the primary contact for this contract and list key personnel, roles and
                    responsibilities of those who would be working on this project. Please include
                    resumes for the primary and key personnel.
                   Identify how principal project personnel meet the professional qualification
                    standards for historic architecture or architectural history pursuant to 36 CFR
                    Part 61 Appendix A.
                   Provide educational background and work history of these key personnel,
                    including descriptions of their projects and their responsibilities.
                   Explain the responsibility of each subconsultant firm, if any, who will be
                    assigned to this project and their respective experience.
                   Briefly describe related projects for which the team has provided for similar
                    services. List the contact persons, client names, titles, addressed, and phone
                    numbers for each project. Samples of prior HSR’s are strongly encouraged.
                   Provide a billing rate sheet covering all personnel who will charge to the project
                    and any relevant billing policies. Unless specified in the submittals, the County
                    will assume that the professional fee schedule will include any cost associated
                    with complying with the County’s insurance and business license requirements.
                    Organize the cost proposal into sections matching the scope of work described
                    above. Price must include all reimbursable costs (printing, travel, etc.).
                   Disclose any real or perceived conflict due to interest in real property
                    development within Storey County. These interests may include property
                    ownership or current consultant contracts with private entities.
     B. Demonstrated ability to obtain the required insurance coverage. The selected consultant
        shall furnish Storey County with certificates of insurance and with original
        endorsements affecting required coverage, which shall be provided by the consultant’s
        insurance company as evidence of coverage. The consultant shall include all
        subconsulants as insured under its policies or shall obtain separate certificates and
        endorsements for each subconsultant demonstrating evidence of coverage. Each
        insurance policy shall be endorsed to stat that coverage shall not be suspended, voided,
        canceled, or reduced in limits except after thirty (30) days prior written notice has been
        given to the City.

     C. The Grant Manager will not accept the application if any document or item necessary to
        the proposal is incomplete, missing, improperly executed, indefinite or ambiguous.

     The Consultant Selection Committee will evaluate the proposals based on the criteria listed

                    Quality of the Proposal
                    Capability and experience of the contractor


                    Demonstrated ability to provide qualified historic preservation services for
                     the development of a Historic Structure Report and Preservation Plan.
                    Timeliness. The activity which is subject to this RFP has been financed in part
                     by grant funding through the Nevada Office of Historic Preservation. The
                     County per the executed grant agreement, is obligated to meet certain
                     requirements and deadlines. The selected consultant will be responsible for
                     complying with those deadlines and requirements on behalf of the County.

     The Consultant Selection Committee will use the selection criteria and submittal
     requirements above to evaluate all responses to the RFQ that meet submittal requirements
     and the submittal deadline based on:

               Experience and qualifications of staff assigned to the project
               References
               Firm key personnel accessibility to Grant Manager
               Willingness and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
               Demonstrated understanding of the overall project and relevant issues

     The Consultant Selection Committee will rank the proposals and recommend the highest-
     ranked consultant to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. Upon confirmation
     by the Commissioners, the Grant Manager will proceed with developing a contract with the
     selected consultant. Submitted proposals will form the basis for the scope of work for the
     agreement between the County and the selected consultant. If the County and the selected
     consultant cannot reach agreement on the contract, the County will terminate the contract
     development and, at its option, contact the next-ranked consultant for contract

     Storey County and the selected consultant will negotiate a professional services contract for
     the time period February 2010 to August 2010. The County reserves the right to extend the
     term of the contract and augment the amount of the contract with the agreement of the
     selected consultant, pending approval from the County Manager.

     One (1) unbound original and Four (4) bound copies of the RFQ response must be received
     no later than 5:00 PM PST, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, at the following address:

     Attention: Holli Kiechler
     Storey County
     Post Office Box 176
     26 South B Street
     Virginia City, Nevada 89440

     Late Responses Will Not Be Accepted.

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