5/25 update — Four firms sent representatives to an optional pre-submittal information session at the Concord Building on May 24. The meeting was not mandatory and firms will not be docked for not participating. Midtown Indy encourages all qualified firms to submit proposals or to call 317-600-3141 with questions.

Built in 1923, the Concord Building is overdue for an overhaul and thanks to a Lilly Endowment Inc. “Strengthening Opportunities” grant awarded to the Kheprw Institute, [PDF] work will commence later this year.
Scope of the work is predominantly converting second floor apartments to office space. A few ground floor projects as well as some exterior work is also involved in the renovation. Construction documents are currently at 78%.
Rev. Eugene Potter of New Life Development Ministries described the workforce development component of the project he is managing. His program works with men who have previous criminal histories and are seeking job training in the construction industry. He will manage the 16-week classroom instruction during which time his clients will shadow workers at the Concord site to gain construction work experience.
Attendees at Monday’s session included representatives from four firms:
• C. Garcia Associates
• Davis & Associates
• Grand Contracting
• Midwest Design Group
During the session, the following questions were answered.
Q. Will sub-contractors have to manage Rev. Potter’s team?
A. No. There is no expectation of the re-entry cohort following sub-contractors around. Midtown Indy is looking for respondents who are open to creating and identifying learning opportunities for Rev. Potter’s team.
Q. Old buildings often have environmental issue such as asbestos in insulation or plaster, lead-based paint, etc. What’s the status of this building?
A. All surfaces have been tested. This building is clean. There are some sub-slab vapors but they are capped and will not come into the building unless, for some reason, the basement floor needs to be penetrated. In that case, Midtown Indy will have to contact IDEM. Asbestos has already been removed in basement. All environmental reports available for inspection and review.
As for lead-based paint, it should be assumed that it is on every surface upstairs.
Q. All structural members are identified?
A. Yes. Structural members are called out in the construction documents – wood joist on steel frame.
Q. Is there a design/build component?
A. No.
Q. Will CM control bid packages? Help develop and send out?
A. Yes. CM will advise and work with Midtown Indy to dictate what the bid process will look like.
Q. Could workforce development be placed into a bid package?
A. Yes.
Q. Who holds contracts with subs? Midtown or the CM?
A. Midtown is structured to hold those but we are open to negotiating. CM is basically owner’s rep at the outset.
Q. If all upstairs windows are going to be replaced, what’s to be done with the artwork that currently covers them?
A. These panels are part of the Black Legacy Project and we need to keep them installed as long as possible. Will need advanced notice prior to removal so Midtown Indy can remove and preserve those panels.
Q. Will Reverend Potter’s crew undertake any salvage work?
A. Yes. Midtown Indy is working with the Pastor’s team to salvage what we can (doors, flooring, doors) and to coordinate selective demolition opportunity.

5/17/21 RFQ Release Announcement

Midtown Indy invites qualified Construction Management (CM) companies to respond to a Request For Qualifications (RFQ). Interested parties should provide Statements of Qualifications per the RFQ guidelines, attesting to their interest, experience, and capacity to serve in the role of Construction Manager for an upcoming commercial construction/renovation project which seeks to upgrade the Concord Building, (the “Project”), 3802 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208. The project is brought forth as part of a community partnership, between Midtown Indy, Kheprw Institute, and New Life Development Ministries, which together seek to foster the creation of community wealth through the establishment of Alkhemy – a center for entrepreneurship. Additionally, the partners seek to leverage Project renovations in a way that provides an opportunity for 20 individuals to gain training and experience in construction trades in partnership with New Life Development Ministries.

The CM will be an instrumental member of the team serving to guide the implementation of the Project’s design from planning to realization. The CM will oversee the project including, but not limited to, permit submission, bid issuance, contractor selection, all contractor/subcontractor/vendor scheduling and compliance, and will be responsible for ensuring a safe and well run project that is delivered in accordance with the project timeline, budget, and other key project goals. The ideal CM will demonstrate the requisite experience, skills, and capacity to facilitate the project in accordance with the Scope of Services, as well as a commitment to maximizing learning and training opportunities, a recognition of key junctures for enhanced inclusivity and opportunities for trainees, contractors, subcontractors, and vendors.

Download the Request For Qualifications PDF. A Pre-Submittal Meeting and Site walk through will be offered On Site, May 24th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Register in advance by email to: info@midtownindy.org Subject Line: CM RFQ Pre-Submittal Mtg.)
DEADLINE: Responses are due June 4th, at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) by electronic submittal to info@midtownindy.org (Subject Line: “CM RFQ Response” – Company Name)
A full timeline is included in the RFQ.

NOTE: This post will be updated throughout the process to include answers to questions we receive, as well as any clarifications. Please direct all questions to: info@midtownindy.org (Subject Line: “RFQ Question/Clarification”)

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