City of Dallas Extends Deadline on Oak Cliff Municipal Center Expansion
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The Oak Cliff Municipal Center Complex, formerly a Southwestern Bell Co. office, is scheduled for an expansion.
Posted: 2-9-2017, 5 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Dallas (Dallas Co.) - The City of Dallas extended by one week its solicitation for architectural-engineering firms on a $20 million to $25 million project to expand the Oak Cliff Municipal Center Complex.
The Statements of Qualifications were originally due Thursday, Feb. 9, but are now due Feb. 16.
The OCMC Complex as it exists today was built in 1955 for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and has a total of 164,500 square feet. It is a three-story structure with a basement and occupies the southeast corner of the 300 block of East Jefferson Boulevard.
Half the block is used for surface parking for city employees and the rest of the block is occupied by a Latin grocery store.
The project involves new construction of an office building behind the existing OCMC building and a possible parking garage.
According to the Request for Qualifications, "It is necessary for the city of Dallas Department of Sustainable Development Services to expand its services, provide other related services and build a new facility to accommodate these existing and new services.
"The design of the new facility requires attention to vehicular traffic flow, public/employee parking, pedestrian accessibility, building approach, functionality, organization and corporate image throughout programming and design.
"The initial project may be a 40,000 to 60,000 square foot (or more) building, with possible parking structure, some renovation of exterior and interior of the existing Oak Cliff Municipal Center and other projects at this location."
Other future projects may include additional parking and/or parking structure, renovation of the existing OCMC building, and possible retail.
"The selected team will have an opportunity to develop the branding and corporate identity for this enlarged municipal complex," the RFQ states.
The selected firm will submit the project to the U.S. Green Building Council for compliance review to obtain, "as a minimum, Gold rating in accordance with the USGBCV LEED Verson 4 rating system."
In addition, the selected firm will be expected to identify issues and strategies that would be needed to achieve a reduction of carbon emissions for a carbon neutral building.
Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has previously worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He is a communications graduate of the University of Texas-PanAmerican.
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