Phone: (320) 352-5201
Email: sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL:

Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home (Sauk Centre, MN)

Historic Structure Report

 

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Staff Member Contact: Jim Umhoefer, President Sinclair Lewis Foundation

            e-mail: umhoefer@mainstreetcom.com

            phone: 320.429.0825

            address: 39336 Wild Rose Ct.; Sauk Centre, MN 56378

 

INTRODUCTION:

The Sinclair Lewis Foundation of Sauk Centre, MN is seeking proposals from qualified firms who are interested in providing a Historic Structure Report on this property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

SCOPE of SERVICES:

The Sinclair Lewis Foundation is seeking to obtain an Historic Structure Report (HSR) regarding the Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home and Carriage House at 812 Sinclair Lewis Ave. in Sauk Centre, MN.

 

The scope of the HSR should reflect the standards outlined in Preservation Brief 43 (Deborah Slaton, National Park Service) including:

            Historical Research

            Existing Condition Survey

            Measured Drawings and Record Photography

            Materials Investigation and Testing

            Evaluation of Significance

            Selection of a Treatment Approach and

            Development of Work Recommendations

 

Professional Requirements for this HSR involves a team that includes:

1. An Historic Architect with a professional degree in architecture or a state license to practice architecture, plus one of the following:

            a. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or

            b. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

 

            Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects.

 

2.  An Architectural Historian with a graduate degree in architectural history, historic preservation or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history, or a bachelor's degree in architectural history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:

            a. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or

            b. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

 

3. A Curator with an undergraduate or graduate degree in art history, historic preservation, architectural history, or closely related field with coursework in American architectural history, late 19th-early 20th century home furnishings and artifacts plus one of the following:

            a. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum or

            b. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

 

INSTRUCTIONS to PROPOSERS:

Proposals must be in writing and must be received by noon on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Proposals may be submitted via mail to Jim Umhoefer; President-Sinclair Lewis Foundation; 39336 Wild Rose Ct.; Sauk Centre, MN 56378. Questions may be addressed to Jim Umhoefer via email (umhoefer@mainstreetcom.com) or phone (320.429.0825).

 

In order to ensure a fair review and selection process, firms submitting proposals are prohibited from contacting any other organization members regarding these proposals.

 

STATEMENT of RFP CONTENT:

1. Title page (name, address, phone, contact person, date)

2. Table of contents

3. Statement of the proposal (work, timetable, availability)

4. Consultant's/firm's profile, history and experience (including references)

5. Resumes of staff demonstrating how they meet the professional standards outlined above

6. Fees and method of payment

7. Other information that is helpful in demonstrating the proposer's ability to successfully complete the HSR.

 

PROPOSAL EVALUATIONS:

            Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated, with a selection being made by the officers of the Sinclair Lewis Foundation Board, by July 24, 2015. Selection criteria will be based upon best value and the most advantageous proposal, including:

            a. Quality of performance on previous projects

            b. Timeliness of performance on previous projects

            c. Level of client satisfaction on previous projects

            d. Previous project budget performance and ability to minimize cost overruns

            e. Documented qualifications of key personnel, meeting the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards

            f. Demonstrated ability to successfully complete an HSR that meets the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

1. HSR completion date will be negotiated following the selection process.

2. For background information regarding Sinclair Lewis, his boyhood home, etc., visit:

            www.sinclairlewisfoundation.com.