The deadline for RFQ submittal was Friday, October 5, 2018 and the City received nine submittals. The City has completed a first screening of the RFQ submittals. The Evaluation Committee reviewed and selected five firms to move forward as semi-finalists. The semi-finalists were selected based on how strongly they demonstrated their qualifications, a clear understanding of the City’s goals, and an ability to work with local communities as requested in the RFQ.
While the RFQ requested that firms provide their concept for the project, to see what could be feasible on the site, the submitted concepts are only a starting point and may or may not be included in the project. Once a firm is selected, the real work begins to design the project. A “winning” design will be developed over many months with the community being asked to weigh in on the specific features, design elements, and overall aesthetics of the project.
The five semi-finalist firms have been invited to participate in a Community Open House meeting scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The community is encouraged to review the proposals and comment on the qualifications and concepts proposed by each of the semi-finalists.