The Desert Community College District (District) invites the submission of Statements of Qualifications for Professional Services in alignment with the District’s current development needs for the College of the Desert – Palm Springs Development Project (“Project”). The proposed Master Program totals approximately 205,000 net square feet and an estimated 310,000 gross square feet.
This is a significant project that will create a new community college campus and workforce development center in the heart of Palm Springs, serving the needs of the Coachella Valley and surrounding region. The District intends to create a world-class facility that will prepare students for immediate entry into their chosen career fields by providing high-quality education and hands-on experience in industry-shaped working environments.
The Project is supported by local and regional businesses and is informed and driven by current industry standards and developing trends. It is anticipated to be an important, high-profile undertaking that will benefit not only the District, but the surrounding community. The strategic imperative of this project is to focus on the following guiding principles:
I. Develop a collection of educational facilities and experiences that include a world-class culinary institute, state of the art digital and media arts program, center of excellence in health and wellness and special event and meetings venues. These spaces are “best in class” spaces that inspire innovation and learning.
II. Create a teaching and learning hotel: a “world-class” boutique lifestyle luxury hotel experience that provides a multitude of learning environments and experiences to prepare students for careers in the hospitality industry.
III. Embrace and lead in the sustainability efforts in all areas of design.
IV. Create a seminal resource for the Desert community, improving the work force of the future, enhance the economy of the community and celebrate the unique diversity of the Coachella Valley.
The District will narrow the field of respondents to a list of six (6) qualified firms who will be invited to interview with District staff. Following the interviews, a shortlist of three (3) qualified Architectural firms (“Architect” or “Architects”) will be invited to enter a Design Competition (“Competition”) as outlined below with specific deliverables. Work will be conducted under a Professional Services Agreement (PSA).
The selected firms must be able to start the competition immediately and will be given the Master Program (“Program”) documents prepared by the District that outlines the vision of the Project. Upon the conclusion of the competition each firm will present its design proposal to the District to be judged based on an internal scoring system. The District may then, at its sole discretion, enter into a contract with the Architect responsible for the preferred scheme for Design and Construction Phase services for the Project. All questions should be sent electronically to: Mac McGinnis Bond Program Manager, MAAS Companies firstname.lastname@example.org