Proposals Officially Open for Design Teams Interested in Reimagining the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park
Ten design firms located around the country submitted proposals to become the lead designers for comprehensive master plans for BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park.
Eight firms submitted proposals for the Greenwood Community Park project:
- CSRS Inc.
- CRJA-IBA Group
- Design Workshop
- Duplantis Design Group (DDG)
- Olin Design
- Spachman Mossup Michaels/Rogers Partners
- Sasaki Associates
- Nelson Byrd Wolz Landscape Architects
Two firms submitted proposals for the Zoo project:
- PGAV Destinations
- Torre Design Consortium
Today, the bids were opened and officially recorded. The next step is for each of the proposals to be reviewed and scored by separate review committees. Both committees will score each proposal based on the robust criteria included in the official request for proposals: the project team’s ability to accomplish the work, the project team’s organization and experience, the project approach and proposal content, the fee proposal and schedule.
“As we promised the community, BREC is moving very deliberately and carefully to choose the best possible designers to help us reimagine the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park,” said Superintendent McKnight. “We are excited by the interest these projects have received from design teams across the country and pleased with the caliber of the firms that took the time to develop comprehensive proposals for the committees to review. Once the firms are selected, we will ensure they waste no time in getting started,” said McKnight.
The committees will narrow down the candidates for the Greenwood project to a short list and conduct interviews of the top firms. Each committee will make a recommendation to the BREC Commission to consider at its August meeting.
Once the firms are selected and contracts are executed and signed, they will begin the process of evaluating the sites to determine what is feasible at each location and meet with business leaders, professional organizations, partners, public officials and members of the public to give input into the design of the master plans. Those master plans will be presented to the public for input and to the BREC Commission for approval in 2019. To see BREC’s estimated timeline for these projects, go to www.brec.org/reimaginegreenwood.