June 15, 2021 / BAF News and Notices

Job Posting: BAF Seeks Qualified Consultant for National Register Documentation – Early Women of Architecture in Maryland

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation is seeking a consultant to provide services as outlined in the attached Request for Proposals (see below).  Any Offerors who meet the professional requirements and experience and are interested in submitting a proposal to provide such services must submit a proposal to the address listed below no later than 5:00 pm, on Monday, July 12, 2021.  Any proposals received after that date will be returned unopened to the Offeror.

Issuing Organization:

Baltimore Architecture Foundation
100 N. Charles St., Ste. P-101
Baltimore, Md. 21201

Questions relating to this RFP should be directed to Baltimore Architecture Foundation Associate Director Nathan Dennies at ndennies@aiabalt.com or (443) 608-0849.


Documenting Early Women Architects in Maryland

PART I – PURPOSE

The purpose of this RFP is to obtain a qualified consultant to (i) complete one (1) National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form focusing on women architects practicing architecture between 1920 and 1970; (ii) prepare one (1) National Register Nomination for a property designed by one of the women architects; (iii) participate in three (3) public programs with stakeholders to share findings. The consultant will coordinate the project with Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT).  All work will be performed in compliance with the standards of MHT and the National Park Service (NPS).  Work is to be completed no later than Monday, April 11, 2022.

PART II – PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Respondents must demonstrate expertise in the areas of Maryland’s architectural history and 20th century resources. They must have experience in the documentation and assessment of historic and cultural resources. The respondent must also have experience coordinating and conducting such a complex field survey.
  2. Respondents should clearly state their experience in these areas and cite current and previous projects.

PART III – SCOPE OF SERVICES

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Baltimore actively engaged in the research and documentation of Maryland architects, currently with a focus on documenting Maryland’s trailblazing women architects. The organization is currently seeking a Historic Sites Surveyor/Architectural Historian to survey and document historic structures located in Maryland designed by women practicing architecture in Maryland in the early- to mid-twentieth century. This work will expand upon BAF’s existing research with original research conducted by the qualified consultant

SCOPE OF SERVICES

In consultation with the Project Monitor, who is MHT’s Administrator of Evaluation and Registration, complete a National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form focusing on women architects practicing architecture in Maryland between 1920 and 1970.

In addition, one National Register Nomination will be prepared for a property that was designed by an early woman architect. Documentation will be submitted in accordance to the National Register Bulletin 16 B: How to Complete the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form, National Register Bulletin 16 A: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form, and the Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland (2019).

Documentation must include original research conducted by the qualified consultant.

Conduct at least three (3) public programs with stakeholders to distribute the documentation findings.

Attend project meetings with Baltimore Architecture Foundation and MHT staff as necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:  The successful candidate must have a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History or related field; or, a Bachelor’s degree in these fields and two years of experience directly related to architectural surveys and research of historic resources. Experience must have been full-time, or its equivalent, in order to be considered as qualifying. The Consultant shall be appropriately qualified in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards in History, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architecture (36 CFR Part 61).

Demonstrated ability to conduct and oversee architectural field surveys and scholarly research is preferred. Experience with survey and research of Maryland architectural resources, particularly of the 20th century is preferred. Demonstrated writing and research skills, and strong interpersonal abilities, are necessary.

This project is to be conducted in consultation with the Administrator of Evaluation and Registration of MHT. All work will be undertaken utilizing the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation and the Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland (2019). All digital products will utilize the Standards for Submission of Digital Images to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.

Applicant must have a valid driver’s license.

PART IV – PROPOSAL FORMAT

All proposals shall be prepared in a straightforward and concise manner, delineating the Offeror’s capabilities to satisfy the requirements of this RFP and, specifically, the requirements for each task in Part III, Scope of Services.

Proposals must be submitted by email to Baltimore Architecture Foundation Associate Director Nathan Dennies at ndennies@aiabalt.com.

Proposals must be submitted in Microsoft Word / Microsoft Excel format, or PDF format.

Proposals must be received by Baltimore Architecture Foundation no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, July 12, 2021.

The individual proposals shall contain the following information:

  1. Resumes for principal consultant and any specific team members who will be assigned to this project, to include titles and assigned project tasks.
  2. A list of comparable projects completed or implemented.
  3. A list of two client references (names, addresses and email addresses) for whom Offeror has carried out comparable work. The contract monitor will contact all client references.
  4. An outline of the proposed work program based on the Scope of Services, including a schedule for the project and the division of responsibility among members of the team. Work program shall outline how Offeror intends to perform the work.
  5. Cost of services.
  6. Signature of individual authorized to respond to this RFP

PART V – EVALUATION CRITERIA

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria in descending order of importance.

  1. Compliance with Professional Requirements and Qualifications
  2. Expertise as Demonstrated on Comparable Projects (Interviews will be required.)
  3. Proposed Work Program
  4. References
  5. Cost of Services