Call for Campus Architect Nominations

posted Jun 2, 2016, 10:23 AM by   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 10:31 AM ]

David Meckel, director of campus planning, recently put out a call for nominations for campus architect. Below is the text from an email he sent to the CCA community.

After two years of extensive planning and internal community engagement, we are ready to select an architect to help us shape a new campus for a unified CCA. Based on the themes that have emerged during the work by Gensler/MK Think and Jensen Architects, we have a list of preferred qualifications that we would like our campus architect to possess.

I invite you to review these criteria and offer any nominations for campus architecture firm that you feel should be considered.

1.0 Firm Qualifications

Design Lead

This is a qualification process for a lead design firm only. It is not necessary to propose any consultants, joint venture partners, or executive architect. Qualified firms selected to receive the RFP will have the opportunity to structure their teams in their response.

Preferred Experience

The architecture form should have achievement of design excellence attested by awards and critical recognition, as well as demonstrated experience in:
  • Establishing strong relationships with nonprofit, arts, and education clients
  • Designing inspiring as well as functional art- and design-related production and/or exhibition spaces
  • Creating innovative learning environments
  • Repurposing existing buildings in relation to new construction
  • Delivering proven advanced sustainable energy systems
  • Designing for net-zero buildings and holistic triple­-bottom­-line sustainability
  • Navigating complex code, environmental, seismic, zoning, and land use regulations
  • Partnering with clients to assist in their capital campaigns
  • Completing projects on or ahead of schedule and on or under budget
Preferred Portfolio of Built Work
  • Urban projects that demonstrate the firm’s ability to design for complex programs
  • One or more projects with construction budgets over $100M
  • Three additional projects that show relevant experience
Preferred Practice Infrastructure
  • Ability to use CCA’s version of AIA contract document B101–2007
  • Existing office location in the US or a history of working with a US partner to execute built work
2.0  Selection Process

In May 2016 a working group of staff, faculty, and trustees will be formed to review architecture firm nominations in order to produce a list of 10–15 names. Those firms will receive the RFP. A selection committee of trustees, faculty, and staff will be formed in August; this committee will review the proposals and narrow down the list to three or four finalists. The finalists will be invited to campus for public presentations and other meetings In September and October. After gathering feedback from the CCA community, the selection committee will rank the finalists and make a recommendation to the CCA Board of Trustees in November. The board will discuss and call for a vote at the December 2016 board meeting.

3.0  How to Submit Campus Architect Nominations

Please submit the following for any firm you wish to have considered:
  • Name of Firm
  • Office location(s)
  • URL of firm website
  • Completed project that you think is comparable to our opportunity
Submit via email to

Put CAMPUS ARCHITECT NOMINATION in the subject field

Submission deadline: July 1, 2016