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On July 22, 2011 Metro issued an RFIQ requesting interested firms and/or teams of firms to submit their qualifications in the preparation of a multi-modal facilities and transit oriented development (“TOD”) master plans.  Metro received 22 qualified responses and recommended a short list of 6 firms to receive the Request for Proposals.  On December 15, 2011 the Metro Board of Directors approved a short list of six teams.  The short listed teams all include multiple firms, and are led by the following prime contractors:

  • EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company/UNStudio
  • Gruen Associates/Grimshaw Architects
  • IBI Group/Foster+Partners
  • Moore Ruble Yudell Architect and Planners/Ten Aquitectos/West 8
  • NBBJ/ingenhoven Architects
  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)/ Parsons Transportation Group

The Board report describing the RFQ process and recommending the short listed firms can be accessed here .

Metro released the Request for Proposals (RFP) on December 21, 2011.  The RFP included a detailed scope of work with five main tasks:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Preparation of Draft Alternatives
  • Final Preferred Plan and Implementation Strategies
  • Public Outreach (throughout the process)
  • Project Administration (throughout the process)

In addition, the RFP required submission of a high-concept Vision Board showing the firms’ vision for Union Station in the year 2050.

On March 16, 2012, Metro received responses from all six short-listed teams.  The Metro Board of Directors approved Gruen Associates, in association with Grimshaw Architects, as the Union Station Master Plan consultant team on June 28th, 2012. The board memo can be accessed here .