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Houston Seeks Architect’s RFQs for $25M Sunnyside Multi-Service/Health Center

Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange

Posted: 9-15-2016, 9:05 a.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Houston (Harris Co.) – The city of Houston has issued a Request for Qualifications for architectural services for the design of a new $25 million Sunnyside Multi-Service Center and Health Center.

Plans are to combine the existing Sunnyside Multi-Service Center and the existing Sunnyside Health Centeroperations into a single facility to be located on the Sunnyside Park property.

The RFQ was issued by the General Services Design & Construction Division. The new facility is envisioned to be a multi-story building of approximately 60,000 square feet.

The city will take into consideration innovative concepts in health care management and services.

“Unique conditions make an ideal environment for redesigning traditional health care models, fostering and improving health in the Sunnyside Park area community,” the RFQ states. “The design team will be sensitive to the local community’s health-related needs and vision.

“A key component to the success of the New Sunnyside MSC-HC project is to address and refresh the Sunnyside Park Masterplan multi-use development.”

The scope of services requires specific details on cutting-edge building technologies for structures, building envelope, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, data-com, and building finishes.

“In addition, the project will allow for additional parking, detention modifications, landscaping and irrigation, and site elements.

“Finally, the existing Sunnyside MSC and HC facilities located at Wilmington and Cullen streets will remain operational during the development of the new facility in order to provide a seamless transition for the community services.”

The existing Sunnyside MSC and HC facilities are about 2 miles southeast of Sunnyside Park.

This is to be a Silver Level LEED design and responding architects will have to coordinate and document for LEED certification. They must also provide at least four different location/layouts for the new facility.

Multi-service centers manage various programs, including senior citizen community programs and child day care.

The exact estimated project budget is $24,915,000.

There will be three phases of design work: Pre-Design Phase, Design Phase, and Construction and Post-Construction Phase.

Submittals are due Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. to the city secretary at City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby Street.

There will be a pre-submittal meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at 900 Bagby, second floor, Room 242. No addendum will be issued later than noon, Oct. 3, “except Addenda with minor clarifications, withdrawing the RFQ, or postponing the Qualifications Submittal Date.”



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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) 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.