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REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR ARCHITECTURAL/ENGINEERING DESIGN SERVICES
Virginia Public Safety Center Project, City of Virginia, MN
December 2020

 
Sealed Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) will be received by the City of Virginia, MN for architect/engineering services for the Virginia Public Safety Center Project.  The City will receive Statements of Qualifications at the office of the City Clerk located at 327 1st Street South, Virginia MN 55792, until 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.   The full scope of proposal requirements can be found by clicking HERE or by emailing information@virginiamn.us to request the SOQ packet.

Project Description:
The City is desirous of constructing an estimated 50,000 sf Public Safety facility within City limits. This project will require an architect or design engineering firm to provide a full array of professional design services and construction administration support including but not limited to; civil engineering, architectural design, interior design, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, plumbing engineering, fire suppression, electrical engineering (including low voltage rough in), landscape design, assistance with owner selected Furnishings/Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E), and land acquisition services for the proposed City acquired building sites.  Land Surveying, asbestos abatement, soils testing and reports, and site staking services will be separately procured by the City under separate contract. No guarantee of task award is made in this solicitation. The tasks may vary across the entire range of A/E services.

 The above scope is not comprehensive nor all inclusive, and individual tasks may vary in scope significantly. There is no guaranteed minimum scope or payment for a task under this agreement.  Prior to submittal, each interested firm or party shall review the complete set of proposal documents in PDF format.

 Submission Procedures

Three (3) printed copies of the proposal plus one (1) complete electronic copy of the bid package in PDF format are to be submitted in a sealed envelope to:

Pamela LaBine, City Clerk
City of Virginia,
327 1st Street South
Virginia, MN 55792
plabine@virginiamn.us
 

Deadline for submittal of paper copies and electronic copy is 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

 Questions regarding this request should be directed to the Britt See-Benes, City Administrator, City of Virginia, 327 1st Street South, Virginia, MN 55792 or via email at britts@virginiamn.us.   The City reserves the right to change these specifications.



A STATE-OF-THE-ART FIRE, EMS & LAW ENFORCEMENT FACILITY BUILT TO ACCOMMODATE MODERN PUBLIC SAFETY TRENDS & NEEDS
3D View - 10-20-17   
   

WHAT IS THE VIRGINIA REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER &TRAINING FACILITY?
The proposed Virginia Regional Public Safety Center and Training Facility is a proposed 60,000 square foot Regional Training Facility with 24/7 Fire-EMS Based Emergency Medical Services, Public Safety and Law Enforcement services.

The facility will be a new and Improved state-of-the-art, ADA Compliant home for the Virginia Fire & EMS Departments and Virginia Police Department.

This regional facility will be also include multiple, varied uses such as the following: 

  • Regional Training Facility would allow for specialized, cost-effective, quality training close-to-home for Fire, Police and Public Safety departments from all over Northern Minnesota
  • Emergency Disaster Operations & Emergency Command Center for area
  • Ability to provide Community Education Opportunities such as Home Safety, CPR & First Aid


WHY IS A NEW FACILITY NEEDED?

Our current facilities are outdated and sorely lacking in the equipment, technology and space needed to adequately serve our growing number of Police and Firefighter/Paramedic personnel.    

As our staff grew in response to community needs, our facilities have stayed the same.  Emergency Response and Public Safety apparatus cannot fit into the current facilities.  We are literally out of room in both Police and Fire facilities.  Room for expansion at proposed site would allow others to partner now or in the future

New facility will provide a quick and seamless response by both departments to a wide range of emergencies.  Immediate cost savings will be realized in a more efficient building due to less utilities and reduced maintenance costs
 
The facility will be a new and Improved state-of-the-art, ADA Compliant home for the Virginia Fire & EMS Departments and Virginia Police Department and a Regional Training Center with access for all.





WHERE IS THE FACILITY GOING TO BE LOCATED?

According to a 2016 Facility Needs and Station Location Study completed by Five Bugles Design, several sites were studied based on criteria such as:   Access to multiple main thoroughfares of the City;  Prominent, visible location and Response Time to primary service area.   The study recommended three sites for optimal design. 

At this time, the City has not determined which location is the chosen site but the intent is to follow the recommendations of this study.

HOW WILL THIS PROJECT BE FUNDED?

The City of Virginia is requesting $10,390,000 in state funding to acquire land, demolish existing blighted structures, develop and remediate site, and assist with the construction of the Virginia Regional Public Safety Center &  Training Facility.  

The remaining funds will be secured through Federal, State, and local loans, grants and City levy funds.

 
CAN I HELP OR SUPPORT THIS FACILITY?

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
The City has a request to the State of MN Legislature for $10.39 million in funds to help build this facility.   If you would like to contact your legislators to let them know you support the Virginia Regional Public Safety Center & Training Facility.
Find out who your legislators are by clicking here!

UPDATE as of 01/17/2020 
Thank you Gov Tim Walz for including the Virginia Regional Public Safety Building in the 2020 Governor's Capital Budget Recommendations for the bonding bill!

THE WORK IS NOT DONE!
We need YOUR help - please contact our area Legislators and let them know how important our Public Safety Center project is to the area! Ask them to support the funding for this project!

Thomas M. Bakk
2221 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8881

David J. Tomassoni
2235 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8017

Dave Lislegard
413 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
rep.dave.lislegard@house.mn
651-296-0170

Rep. Julie Sandstede
411 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0172
rep.julie.sandstede@house.mn

Rep. Rob Ecklund 
409 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2190
rep.rob.ecklund@house.mn



JOIN THE FRIENDS OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The purpose of this adult non-profit organization will be to promote awareness, and focus public attention on the needs , services, programs and facilities while supporting firefighter safety, fire prevention, and public education programs.

For More Information please visit http://www.virginiamn.us/fire_test/join_the_friends_of_the_vfd.php


Your support of the Virginia Regional Public Safety Center & Training Facility is greatly appreciated!

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