City line park. Photo: New York Parks.
NYC Parks today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify at least 10 companies that will provide landscape architecture services for upcoming park improvement projects. The experienced consulting firms will have a lasting impact on New York City Park by working with the award-winning agency to design and build public spaces for New Yorkers to enjoy.
“We are looking for experienced design firms to advance projects that improve parks in all five boroughs with a focus on equity, sustainability and access,” said Therese Braddick, NYC Parks Deputy Capital Projects Commissioner. “The landscape architecture firms selected through this RFP will have the opportunity to have a lasting impact on New York City’s parks system by reimagining green spaces for the communities they serve. “
NYC Parks’ capital division, which has nearly 500 employees, including more than 100 landscape architects, manages its capital projects from start to finish, designing approximately 70% of its landscape architecture projects in-house. The agency is also working with consultants on a number of projects, including the reconstruction of Anchor Parks in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx and the transformation of city line park in Brooklyn. All capital projects adhere to agency design guidelines, including Design and planning for flood resilience.
Selected consultants will help ensure that various capital projects maximize the long-term benefits of the parks, both for the staff who operate and maintain them and for the visitors who visit them. Proposals should demonstrate successful relevant experience in the design of public spaces and knowledge of areas such as sustainability, accessibility, adaptive reuse and historically sensitive restoration. Park experience is encouraged but not required.
NYC Parks encourages the participation of disadvantaged/minority/women-owned businesses (D/M/WBE). The agency has created a centralized unit to focus on increasing D/M/WBE’s participation in capital construction and consultancy contracts, and staff organize and attend events throughout the year to discuss sourcing opportunities with the D/M/WBE community. For more information, visit Parks’ website.
All proposals for this Request for Proposals must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, April 12, 2022 via the Procurement and Procurement Solutions Portal (PASSPort), which requires a PASSPort account. All interested parties considering responding to this RFP are encouraged to join the Remote Proponents Meeting on March 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. For more information on accessing the tender through PASSPort, visit the Parks website at www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities .