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Architectural firms invited to submit a Request for Qualifications for Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all interested architectural firms to submit qualifications for the Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study. Seattle Parks and Recreation, in equal partnership with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are engaging in a pre-design study to build a new Environmental Education Center at Washington Park Arboretum. This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programming to expand by nearly double those currently served annually. The pre-design study Request for Qualifications is due by February 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST.

Through a competitive, Request for Qualification process, Seattle Parks and Recreation will hire a consultant team. The purpose of the pre-design phase is to undertake an in-depth study to define the final scope of the project. The pre-design phase scope of work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Development of a business plan
  • Defining program elements and space allocation
  • Site analysis
  • Concept level location siting options (three)
  • Preliminary building designs for the new facility – LEED Gold
  • Marketing product of at least three renderings
  • Parking study
  • Permitting requirement identification
  • Building and construction cost estimates
  • Construction timeline

The $200,000 in funding for the RFQ process is provided by the University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation. The subsequent planning, design and construction work outlined in future agreements is not funded. The University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation will be leading the fundraising for any future developments associated with the Environmental Education Center.

For more information on this RFQ please visit or contact Susanne Rockwell at or 206-684-7133.