Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tree Plaza proposals due Wed Oct 17 by 4 pm.

      Restore Mass Ave seeks bids from qualified firms to make an Engineered Design for a Stormwater Retrofit in the bare sidewalk by PNC Bank at Dupont Circle. 

      The RFP and more detail is at RestoreMassAve.org/dupont-tree-plaza/   Instructions for filing are in the RFP.

      The Dupont Tree Plaza would add 11 trees to the city sidewalk, for 14 trees in all. It will collect stormwater runoff, clean the air and calm traffic. It would help birds and other wildlife move from  the tall, leafy trees of Dupont Circle to the shade trees RMA is growing in rows, marching west from 20th Street along Embassy Row. The Plaza will be a new community space: pleasant to pass through, nicely lit, and having an info kiosk for locals and visitors to learn about this unique neighborhood.

     The Chesapeake Bay Trust has honored RMA with a Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) grant funded by the EPA, to have this permit-ready Engineered Design created.

     We are excited to receive your submissions by 4 pm Wednesday!
       Restore Mass Ave -  "Friends working together to re-green Embassy Row"

Monday, October 15, 2018

Dupont Tree Plaza - Q & A on CAD

           Regarding our Request For Proposals to make an Engineered Design of the stormwater retrofit 'Dupont Tree Plaza' next to Dupont Circle, we got one question:

           Is there a CAD file of the site?  RMA's RFP  shows a measured plan made pro bono by Leo A Daly architects. It shows how the trees, bikes, etc could fit on the site. So, is there a CAD file too?

          Our Daly contact said they have no CAD file to share.
    "The Bidders should only be using Leo A Daly’s concept drawing for design intent purposes. Our drawing is not an engineered survey and does not include critical underground elements. It was developed for concept level only."
          Reminder: Bids are due by 4 pm on Wednesday Oct 17th. See RFP for instructions.

          Thank you, everyone!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tree Plaza: Bidder questions due 6 pm Oct 11

Anyone interested in bidding on the Engineered Design for our Tree Plaza, who has questions, should submit them by 6 pm Thursday Oct 11 to RestoreMassAve@gmail.com. Please say "Dupont Tree Plaza Design" in the subject line.

If there are any Addenda to our Sept 25 Request For Proposals, we will post by midnight, Friday Oct 12, on the Dupont Tree Plaza page. Links to this page are our Home Page and this Blog.

Note: The Site Plan pop-up on the Tree Plaza page has dimensions.

Seven firms attended today's Site Meeting to learn more the project and site detail.
Attendance at this meeting was recommended not mandatory.  See the RFP for full schedule and instructions.

Above is RMA President Deborah Shapley with attendees at the site today. The place was bare and hot as usual. So the group moved to finish the meeting a few steps west in the cool shade of  Quercus rubra red oak trees which RMA planted in 2008.  (There and along 20th Street, canopy grew by 73% in 10 years. The story is on our Canopy Growth page.)

We'll keep working so that, soon, the hot sidewalk above will be shady and cool, based on a wonderful new design.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Meeting for Bidders at Plaza Site noon-1 Wed Oct 10

Bidding is under way for an engineered design of Dupont Tree Plaza! We invite interested bidders to come to the site for a pre-proposal meeting Wed. Oct. 10 from noon - 1 pm.  Meet us on the sidewalk in front of PNC Bank, shown below and on our Tree Plaza page.

Site of future Tree Plaza. Address: 1913 Massachusetts Ave NW.

We'll show the site detail and issues with this space. We'll explain what city agencies and private groups who support the plan - such as Farmer's Market and PNC Bank - have said.

Deadlines for questions, etc, are in the RFP you may download here. No addenda will be issued after Friday Oct 12.  The Proposal Deadline is 4 pm on Wed Oct 17.

Bidders will propose how they'd make a permit-ready design that transforms this prominent but neglected city sidewalk into a shady community space. The design should accommodate the bike stands, pleasant pedestrian walking and eleven new trees.  Below ground, the retrofit will collect stormwater from Connecticut and Massachusetts Avenues.  The Plaza can have other cool features such as a neighborhood kiosk.

This RMA Award will be funded through Chesapeake Bay Trust's Green Cities, Green Jobs, Green Towns program. Since 2011, this regional effort has awarded $8.5 million to 145 projects. Restore Mass Ave is proud to be one of just two stormwater projects in downtown DC earning G3 awards.

The Awardee will be part of CBT's network of groups cleaning the watershed. The G3 program aims to promote community liveability and future green jobs. The Awardee will be expected to share their work with local public school students, so youngsters learn how to make old downtowns "green."