Request for Proposals: Lower South Infrastructure Resilience Collaborative On-Call Services
THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOW CLOSED.
The Philadelphia City Fund (formerly the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia), in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) and the Office of Sustainability (OOS), seeks proposals for consultant teams to provide on call services in support of the Lower South Infrastructure Resilience Collaborative.
Please note that this RFP is released following an RFI conducted in May 2022 and is open only to respondents of the RFI who are invited to submit proposals in response to this RFP.
Signs of new economic promise are emerging within and around the Lower South area of Philadelphia. Philadelphia International Airport is embarking on an expansion program that will add 1 million square feet of cargo facilities and 5 million square feet of taxiway and apron expansion to accommodate increased cargo operations. To the east, the Navy Yard continues to grow into “a fully functioning Philadelphia neighborhood” with a soon-to-be updated master plan that will guide $2.5 billion of new investment in residential, life science, and commercial spaces situated around parks and recreation trails. Neighboring the Navy Yard is the Port of Philadelphia, which is undergoing improvement to support expanded cargo capacity and operations. To the north, the Philadelphia Sports Complex includes three world-class sports venues with planning underway to develop a state-of-the-art facility to host concerts, e-sports, and other events. Near the area’s center is the former PES Refinery, which is being transformed into the Bellwether District, a 1,300-acre campus for e-commerce, life sciences, and logistics.
This historic level of development calls for significant investments in infrastructure modernization and improvement – in the transportation network in particular – to meet future demand and build long-term resilience. A group of property owners and infrastructure operators located in the Lower South, the Lower South Infrastructure Resilience Collaborative, has identified the need for a plan primarily focused on mobility. This plan will balance two objectives: 1) establishing a set of solutions and coordinated actions to deliver a multi-model transportation system that accommodates inclusive growth and development in the Lower South area, while 2) ensuring its resilience to existing and expected impacts of climate change.
Based on feedback received through the RFI and discussions with Collaborative members, the Fund and OTIS, OOS, and other City agencies are pursuing a phased approach to this planning process. The Fund will conform a master services agreement with the selected consultant. For each phase, the Fund will contract for a separate work order with discrete scope, budget, deliverables, and planning and implementation outcomes. New work orders will be added to the agreement as needs arise, dependent on available funding.