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UT Southwestern Solicits Architect/Engineer RFQs for $245M Brain & Cancer Center

07/24/2017 12:34:00 pm | Viewed: 481

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UT Southwestern Medical Center


Posted: 7-24-2017, 1:37 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Dallas (Dallas County) - The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center wants architectural/engineering firms to respond to a Request for Qualifications solicitation to begin designs for a $245.4 million Brain and Cancer Center Building that will be located on the North Campus.

As explained in the RFQ, UT Southwestern recently completed an institutional master facilities plan. See VBX Project ID 2017-6B0E.

"This comprehensive plan will inform decisions on where, when, and what sized new facilities should be developed to support its missions of research, education, and service."

The scope of work includes providing for the necessary resources--including technical, functional and management--needed to provide a comprehensive programming and planning document for the entire brain and cancer complex.

"This plan indicates the desirability of creating new, class-A space that integrates clinical care, clinical and translational research space, and academic offices for both our Brain Institute and Cancer Center.

"As part of Phase VI of our North Campus development, UT Southwestern is proposing a roughly 300,000-gross-square-foot facility, which is comprised of approximately 25 percent academic office space, 25 percent clinical/translational research space, and 50 percent clinic space."

The estimated total project cost is $245.4 million. This includes a 1,000-space parking garage.

Services are as describe below but not limited to:

  • Review Programming
  • Basic Design & Engineering Services including Architectural, Interior Design Services, Civil, Landscaping, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, Fire Alarm and Fire Suppression.
  • Medical Equipment Planning.
  • Telecom, Security and AV Design Services.
  • Signage Design Services.
  • Cost Estimating.
  • Construction Administration Services

The project delivery method is Construction Manager at Risk.

The project is to proceed in five phases: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Document, Building and Proposal, and Administration of the Construction Contract.

"The Project Architect shall provide services necessary for securing LEED Certification Requirements, but will not be required to submit for certification," the 225-page RFQ states.

The RFQs are due Friday, July 28. A short list will be produced August 11 and interviews will take place in late August.

Schematics are to be prepared in December, with the schematic design cost estimate due by January 2, 2018. Design development documents are to be complete by June 2018 and the UT Southwestern board of review plans to approve them the following month.

The RFQ notes that the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center has rapidly outgrown its academic and clinical space; it is the only National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas and one of only 45 in the United States.

"Along with significant investment in the care and treatment of cancer related illness by the State of Texas through programs like CPRIT (Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas), as well exciting new research programs and technology investments underway at UT Southwestern such as heavy ion radiotherapy, a new Cancer Center facility would represent a significant commitment to a robust cancer program."





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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.