Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Professional Design Assistance for Downtown Memphis Exterior Improvement Grant (EIG) Program
The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) and the Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) are seeking proposals from licensed architects and qualified design firms to provide conceptual design services as part of the CCDC’s new Exterior Improvement Grant (EIG) program.
The EIG is a matching Grant designed to help Downtown commercial property owners and businesses make high-quality exterior improvements to their buildings and sites. Most EIG projects will require the services of a design professional. For smaller projects (ex- total budget of $25,000 or less), this Grant program will offer conceptual design assistance for applicants that need help in determining which exterior improvements to make.
The DMC intends to contract with two or more architects or qualified firms to provide design assistance on a rotating basis for the EIG program. Compensation will be a fixed fee of $2,000 per project in exchange for the scope of services outlined below. Although the exact number of EIG applications cannot be predicted, staff estimates that the CCDC may receive 4-8 EIG applications per year. The EIG program has been authorized to run for thirty-six months, beginning September 1, 2016.