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ECHDC issues RFP for First Buffalo River Marina capital improvements


Thu, Jan 11th 2018 05:10 pm
Architectural/engineering design services needed for marina on Outer Harbor
RFP available HERE
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for professional architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and land surveying consultant firms and/or teams to provide master planning, environmental review, site management plan, design, permitting, bidding and construction administration and inspection services related to the capital improvement of the First Buffalo River Marina on Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo.
The RFP is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for a dramatic transformation of the City of Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Proposals are due to ECHDC by 2 p.m. Feb. 15.
"The intent of this effort is to retain marina operations and boat slips while expanding the amount and types of activities and experiences available to Outer Harbor visitors," ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said. "The proximity to other planned improvements, recent upgrades to the property, and ECHDC's desire to open this space to the public, makes an investment in this property a logical next step for Outer Harbor investment."
The First Buffalo River Marina, with approximately 15 acres of fenced land at the northern end of the Outer Harbor, includes a 115-slip boat marina with a marina office building and marina maintenance building, several boat launch locations, outdoor storage for approximately 300 boats, and approximately 150 spaces for trailer parking and/or public patrons. While not in use by the marina, the site also contains the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator. The site is immediately adjacent to the Queen City Bike Ferry.
ECHDC is considering the following preliminary water-dependent programmatic elements to be incorporated into the marina master plan:
  • Overall entrance, marina circulation and parking for vehicles based on type of general public/marina user
  • Relocated boat launch and related circulation
  • Relocated Queen City Bike Ferry landing and related circulation
  • Site access and control for various types of users
  • Pedestrian and bicycle circulation
  • Landscape and public site amenity plan
  • Public space programming, including: concessions, rental opportunities
  • Future development parcel plan, including locations for: marina restaurant, dry stack storage building, entrance station/marina office, mixed-use development parcels, ECHDC maintenance facility in the current marina office building
  • Site utilities, lighting and signage
  • Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator rehabilitation/reuse
  • Outdoor/winter boat storage layout
ECHDC expects to award a contract for only the master planning phase. Once a master plan and a construction budget have been accepted by the ECHDC board of directors, ECHDC and the consultant will negotiate a final scope of work and fees for additional tasks, such as environmental review, design, construction documents and construction administration. After the master plan is complete, the consultant contract would then be amended to complete the work. Total project costs will be established by ECHDC after scope negotiations are completed.
The full RFP is available HERE (Note: a free account is required on the NYS Contract Reporter website to download the RFP).
A non-mandatory, pre-proposal conference will be held at noon on Jan. 25 at the ECHDC offices at 95 Perry St., Buffalo.
For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.

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