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ORANGE COUNTY <br />BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br />ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br />Meeting Date: January 23, 2018 <br />Action Agenda <br />Item No. 8 -h <br />1 <br />SUBJECT: Referral of Design Teams for Consideration by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen <br />for the 203 S. Greensboro /Orange Countv Southern Branch Library Proiect <br />DEPARTMENT: County Manager, Asset <br />Management Services ( "AMS ") <br />ATTACHMENT(S): <br />Executed Development Agreement <br />INFORMATION CONTACT: <br />Bonnie Hammersley, 919 - 245 -2306 <br />Jeff Thompson, 919 - 245 -2658 <br />PURPOSE: To refer CRA Associates /JSA Architect Joint Venture of Chapel Hill /Carrboro, NC, <br />and Perkins + Will of Durham, NC to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen for a final selection for the <br />architectural and engineering professional services firm for the 203 S. Greensboro /Orange <br />County Southern Branch Library project. <br />BACKGROUND: On December 4, 2017, the attached Development Agreement guiding the <br />development of the 203 S. Greensboro property was formally executed by the Orange County <br />Manager and the Carrboro Town Manager. The initial task of the partnership is to solicit and <br />select a qualified professional architectural and engineering firm to provide design and <br />construction administration services for the project. Carrboro, as the owner of the property and <br />the fiscal agent for the partnership, received eight responses to its Request for Qualifications <br />( "RFQ ") on December 5, 2017 for professional design services for the 203 South Greensboro <br />capital project in accordance with North Carolina Procurement Law and the Federal Mini - Brooks <br />Act governing the selection and procurement of professional services firms. The site and <br />building components are contemplated to be designed and constructed from March 2018 <br />through the fall of 2020. <br />A six person Orange County and Carrboro staff panel, consisting of the Orange County Library <br />Director, the Orange County and Carrboro Planning Directors, the Carrboro Director of <br />Recreation and Parks, the Carrboro Purchasing Manager, and the Orange County Asset <br />Management Services Director, evaluated eight written RFQ responses and selected five of the <br />firms to interview on January 11 and 12, 2018: <br />As defined by the process outlined in the Development Agreement, the staff panel selected CRA <br />Associates /JSA Architects Joint Venture and Perkins + Will to be considered by the Board of <br />Orange County Commissioners to potentially be referred to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen <br />(BOA) for the final selection of the preferred firm. This selection was based upon the firms' <br />experience with similar projects, their vision and demonstrated success with such projects, their <br />portfolio of work, and the interview with staff. <br />