The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has selected 26 architecture firms to be pre-qualified to design new public projects throughout the city’s five boroughs. In effect until 2019, these firms will be given exclusive access to Request for Proposals (RFPs) for public works projects with an estimated budget of $50 million of less. These projects will include new constructions, additions and renovations of existing public buildings, parks and plazas.
The program, known as the Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Program, was established in 2005 to increase the efficiency and quality of procuring design services. Recent successes of the program includethe Times Square pedestrian plaza by Snohetta, Dattner and WXY’s Spring Street Salt Shed, Studio Gang’s Fire Rescue 2, and BIG’s 40th precinct police station in the Bronx.
This year’s list features 12 prior participating firms, and has been divided into four categories based on company size:
Micro firms (1 to 5 professional staff, eligible for projects projected to cost up to $5 million)
- Architecture In Formation
- Body Lawson Associates
- Buro Koray Duman
- Dean/Wolf Architects
- Elmslie Osler Architect (EOA)
- G TECTS Architecture
- Gans studio
- Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture
- Sen Architects
- Slade Architecture
Small firms (6 to 20 professional staff, eligible for projects projected to cost $2 to $15 million)
- Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
- H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
- Huff + Gooden Architects
- ikon.5 architects
- Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
- LTL Architects
- OBRA Architects
- Rice + Lipka Architects
- Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects
Medium firms (21 to 50 professional staff, eligible for projects projected to cost $10 to $35 million)
Large firms (Over 50 professional staff, eligible for projects projected to cost $25 to $50 million)
Of the 26 firms selected in this round of the program, nine are helmed by either women or people of color, as part of mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal to award 30 percent of all city contracts to Minority- or Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). Last year, $242 million dollars worth of contracts were given to minority-led groups.
News via Architect’s Newspaper.