On August 25, 2020, Town Council approved the Workforce Housing Planning Agreement (Agreement) between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Town of Frisco (Town) to develop a workforce housing project on the low owned by CDOT located at 619 Granite Street, Lots 18-24, Block 12 in the Town of Frisco. The Agreement lays the foundation to jointly undertake all necessary actions to design and develop workforce housing units by requiring CDOT and the Town to share all costs 50/50 (excluding each agency’s staffing and personnel costs) not to exceed $200,000 to develop 80% construction drawings and final construction cost estimates to design the project by December 31, 2021. The agreement also sets forth the parameters regarding selection and engagement of professional consultants and contractors, and does not bind CDOT or the Town to final construction of a project.
On November 17, 2020, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was released for the Granite Street Workforce Housing seeking competitive bids from qualified contractors to provide architecture, engineering, and site planning Services. Nineteen (19) qualified proposals were received by the submittal deadline of December 18, 2020. These proposals were subsequently reviewed by a Selection Committee composed of Town and CDOT staff.
During review of the proposals, it was noted that the $200,000 cost in the Agreement was not sufficient to address the goals for design services as outlined in the RFP. The parties agreed that an increase to $300,000 ($150,000 for each party) would be sufficient to cover the cost of design related services, including costs for the design team, as well as items outside of the scope of that contract, such as survey and title work.
After a thorough review of the 619 Granite Street Workforce Housing proposals, staff recommended the Studio Architecture proposal. While all of the proposals offered the requisite selection of architecture, engineering and site planning services, the Selection Committee unanimously felt that the Studio Architecture team is the most qualified and best team for this project because of their high-quality architectural design and affordable housing project experience, and an approach that inherently led to cost savings in design, and ultimately construction.
On January 26, 2021, the Frisco Town Council approved a contract between the Town of Frisco and Studio Architecture in the amount of $259,725 for architecture, engineering, and site planning services . Council also approved an amendment to the Workforce Housing Planning Agreement between CDOT and the Town to increase the design expenditures to $300,000 from the originally agreed upon $200,000.
On March 23, 2021, the Frisco Town Council reviewed the conceptual building design, presented by Studio Architecture, and provided feedback, comments, and direction to move forward with the proposed concept. Next steps on the project include a Development Review Committee (DRC) Meeting and preparing for schematic design (sketch plan) with the Frisco Planning Commission in late May.