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Heart of the City Public Realm

Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC), in collaboration with the City of Rochester, Minnesota (City), is pleased to issue this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Public Space design services for the public spaces associated with the Heart of the City Sub-District of the Destination Medical Center development plan. DMCC and the City are collaborating on the redevelopment of Rochester pursuant to the vision and principles of the Destination Medical Center development plan. Within this plan is a sub-district referred to as Heart of the City. Heart of the City is a 9-block area of downtown Rochester bounded by Center Street to the north, 3rd Street to the South, Broadway to the East and 2nd Ave to the West. Heart of the City is home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and its Cesar Peli- designed Gonda Building, the recently renovated Peace Plaza, numerous hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The purpose of this RFQ is to outline the nature of the design challenge and to solicit qualifications from interested public space design firms/teams.

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Collaborators

Contact: Patrick Seeb ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: City of Rochester/RSP Architects

Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; DMC EDA ; Heart of the City Taskforce ; RSP

Status/News

June 30, 2017 TBD: Heart of the City: Peace Plaza Vision

"A central focus of the planning effort thus far has been how to foster and maintain vibrancy in the Heart of the City, one of six sub-districts outlined in the original development plan. That means having the art, retail, food offerings and programming necessary for generating activity 365 days a year."

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December 07, 2016 TBD: Heart of the City design research show conflicts between residents vs visitors requirements

"As the consultant team has found out in the research and interview stage of its design process, "authentic" might mean a few different things to Rochester's mix of residents, employees and the millions of people who visit the city each year."  ... PB

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August 26, 2016 openBEAM.net: RSP selected as design consultant for Heart of the City

Out of the three finalists, RSP has been selected as the design services consultant for a contract valued at .57M. 

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December 27, 2015 TBD: Advisory Committee being formed to drive Heart of the City planning

DMC has initiated a "request for qualifications" to solicit responses from "Public Space Design firms" to submit their qualifications to contribute to Destination Medical Center's Heart of the City design and development.

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Detailed Description

Location: Heart of the City

Purpose: Public Space

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Last modified by allnode on 2018/11/21
Created by allnode on 2015/12/24

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