REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
                          THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER
The University of Guam has evolved over a fifty-year period into a critical educational asset whose
service area includes Guam, Micronesia, the Western Pacific region and Asia. As the areas only 4-year,
fully U.S. accredited institution, the University continues to play a central role in providing quality
programs that respond to critical education, research, and service needs. And with over 11, 000
graduates, the University has had a significant impact on the region’s economy and continuing
development. As one of 72 land-grant universities in the United States, the University has recently begun
the difficult process of reinventing itself as a highly competitive, strategically positioned institution; one
committed to change that will place it at the forefront of its peers.

Implementing a Strategic Plan to Achieve Excellence

          The University’s strategic planning goals are focused on strengthening student success,
achieving centers of academic excellence, and building strategic partnerships and alliances that will
position the institution as a critical resource in forging a competitive future for Guam, Micronesia, the
Western Pacific region and Asia. In support of these goals, the University has embarked on a process
that will realign its limited budget resources with key goals in academic areas and simultaneously begun a
fund raising campaign to support academic excellence and international prominence.

A Critical Need

        A central element in the success of the strategic plan will be to create a state-of-the art University
Student Center. The Center will be a facility that will allow the institution to fully integrate student support
functions through the use of technology, establish the University of Guam as the region’s leader in the
use of instructional technologies to enhance student learning, provide increased access to higher
education, and position the University as a catalyst and resource in support of regional economic
development. Future UOG graduates can anticipate major changes as a new world economy takes
shape and as new relationships are established among countries. The new University Student Center will
be a central component in the University’s long-term development and success.

Request for Proposal for a University Student Center

The University of Guam is pleased to announce a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for the Architectural and
Engineering (A/E) Design Services for the University Student Center. The purpose of the RFP is to seek
proposals for the conceptual design of the building including the architectural and engineering services
needed for the new design.

This project includes the design of a new Student Center building either on the current site or a proposed
site. This plan may or may not include preservation of the existing structure; UOG looks to the designer to
evaluate the existing structure and site against the facility needs, as well as the proposed program. The
design approach must enhance the University and Student Center setting.

The design team must be multi-disciplinary including architects with appropriate educational institution
and municipal government building experience; a landscape architect; a traffic/parking consultant;
building and geotechnical engineers; and cost estimators. The team should have experience in flexible
space design, lighting, and green building (LEED) techniques.

In successfully completing this design, the architectural team must develop cost estimates and timelines
for construction. Traffic and parking studies are required and should be coordinated with the University
Master Plan. Required services also include preparation of bid documents, contract, and construction

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Design Objective Requirements

The University of Guam, seeks proposals to foster a creative and innovative development plan that is
consistent with the following Design Objectives & Crteria:

   •   Achieves the highest levels of quality in terms of urban and architectural design;
   •   Must convey a high degree of distinctiveness for the campus;
   •   Promotes and enhances student activity and daytime student retention on campus;
   •   Provides significant pedestrian-oriented development and conveniences;
   •   Achieves transit, land use, economic development and urban planning goals, while maximizing
       revenues generated to UOG from its property, by providing, at a minimum, a financial return
       equal to the highest and best use of the property;
   •   Includes a combination of student services, that will support the current student population and a
       projected student growth rate of ~3% per annum ;
   •   Provide adequate parking accommodations to meet current and future needs, based on a
       projected student growth rate of 3% per annum.
   •   Preserve and enhance the existing unobstructed view of the eastern shoreline of Guam.
   •   Enhance the landscaping theme by strategically placing native flora, shrubs, trees and other
       landscaping materials, so as to lead the viewer’s eye on a natural and pleasing journey.
   •   In furtherance to the overall landscaping theme, were possible, trees and flora can be grouped
       together to create oasis’s were students, staff, faculty and visitors can sit and relax.
   •   Enhance pedestrian connections to other nearby campus facilities;
   •   Maximize energy efficiency, green building techniques, and LEED certification criteria;
   •   Maximize cost-effective design and construction with an emphasis on low building maintenance
   •   Enhanced protection from extreme weather events.
   •   Incorporate the necessary infrastructure required to give the facility the capacity to maintain
       operational functions during and after a sever weather event
   •   Enhanced protection from, corrosive environmental conditions
   •   Ease of access to and the repair or replacement of all major infrastructure devices and
       mechanical equipment.
   •   Enhanced Air Conditioning System (ACS) design, incorporating the following criteria. High
       efficiency. Maximum protection from corrosive environmental conditions. Ease of maintenance,
       repair or replacement of all major components. Simplified (ACS) control system. Multiple, stand-
       alone (ACS) systems, independently dedicated to supplying service to specific areas or zones
       within the facility.
   •   The necessary infrastructure required to support the latest state-of-the-art IT, Multi-Media and
       Communication technologies.
   •   Enhanced storage capacity, to accommodate current and projected future storage needs.
   •   An enclosed, easily accessible, rubbish transfer area.
   •   The design shall provide for a shipping and receiving bay, office and storage area.
   •   The latest Unified Fire Code (UFC) approved, Fire Suppression System (FSS) or systems,
       designed to protect specific areas based on their primary use.
   •   Roof drainage system designed to evacuate water directly to a storm drain, without any visual
       clues as to its existence.
   •   Enhanced drainage system, capable of evacuating large volumes of rainwater away from all entry
       and exit ways leading to the interior of the facility.
   •   With exception of a covered outdoor terrace, which would serve as unified extension to the
       dinning area, covered walkways and recessed porticos, the entire facility shall be enclosed.

    As envisioned, the University Student Center will support the following functions for Guam,
Micronesia, the Western Pacific region and Asia:

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   •   Create a “one-stop shopping model” for consolidated and fully integrated student support
   •   Serve as a state-of-the-arts technology learning center that will support the region’s long term
       development of distance learning, web-based, and technology facilitated student learning at the
       post-secondary level;

   •   Position the University of Guam as the region’s leader in developing and supporting strategic
       linkages and alliances among key, academic, business, corporate, civic, and government
   •   Establish the University of Guam strategically as a primary player in promoting discussions,
       studies, and analyses of economic development opportunities for Guam, Micronesia, the Western
       Pacific, and Asia.
   •   Position the University of Guam as a model institution that is competitive, sought out, and
       recognized as a leader among peer institutions nationally and internationally.

Design Concept Requirements:

       The facility would serve as a home for the following activities:

   •   A new, fully integrated Student Support Services Center (enrollment management functions,
       recruitment, admissions, retention, financial aid, registrar and student records, selected bursar’s
       functions, counseling, advising, student life/career placement)

   •   New Student Government Association Offices

   •   New centralized student organization facilities

   •   A new Student Health Center

   •   A new Student Bookstore

   •   New (limited) conference facilities

   •   Food Service/Cafeteria

   •   Postal services

   •   A new, technology-facilitated Pacific Area Learning Resource Center.

   •   A new Pacific Area Transfer and Articulation Council

   •   A new Pacific Area Learning Network Center (with distance learning classrooms at regional
       community campuses and selected universities throughout Micronesia, the Western Pacific, and
       Asia (Japan, Korea, Taipei, China (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and others)

   •   A new University Center for International Programs and Student Support Services.

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Location, Scope and Estimated Cost of the University Student Center:

        Prominent Campus Location and Facility Size

         The current University of Guam Student Center is an out-of-date, small and inefficient facility.
However, it is located in a central, visible and prime location on campus (See Figures 1 and 2).
         The current Student Center building was constructed in 1970 with 17,400 net-assignable square
feet. The building’s gross square footage is 27,817. The proposed new University Student Center would
be 40,000 square feet. Given the age of the infrastructure and the old technology in the existing building,
the new Center would be a complete rebuild. On a preliminary basis, the University believes that most if
not all of the functions identified in an earlier section of this proposal could be accommodated within a
new 2-story building,

One possible alternative is to utilize all or part of the existing facility, completely rebuild all or part of the
lower level within the existing footprint but to suit the new purposes, and build a second level dedicated
largely to the deployment of technology to support academic and student functions. Doing so is consistent
with the University’s Facilities Master Plan and provides for a more student and learning-centered

A Critical Component: Distance Learning

         In addition to the University Student Center building and to provide full functionality for the
distance learning activities envisioned, the University of Guam is proposing that compatibly equipped
distance learning classrooms be constructed at each of the regional community colleges with which the
University of Guam currently articulates courses and degree programs. The availability of these
classrooms would place the University of Guam at the forefront of island-to-island collaborative initiatives
and provide a basis for partnerships among academic institutions as they search out ways to strengthen
their roles in economic development.

        As well, the University of Guam would like to build strong relationships throughout the Asian
region, beginning with a dedicated electronic classroom at Guangzhou University, and others to be
developed as noted above in China, Japan, Korea and Taipei. These classrooms will serve not only
distance learning opportunities for the University of Guam and its educational partners, the University’s
role and visibility will be enhanced as a prominent player in the new economy that is rapidly developing
throughout China and much of Asia.

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