CHARLOTTE—The Democratic National Convention Committee, the Committee for Charlotte in 2012 and the Hargrove/Rodgers Russell Hunt construction management team on Friday took the next step in preparing for the temporary modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena by issuing requests for proposal (RFP) to pre-qualified construction subcontractors.
Only firms who were prequalified are eligible to bid on subcontracts to work on the Time Warner Cable Arena. The deadline for returning prequalification forms to the construction management team was March 1, 2012.
The release of the RFPs to pre-qualified firms is one of the final steps in the construction subcontracting process that began November 21, 2011, at the Charlotte Convention Center with a subcontracting information session. The construction management team also attended meetings of various business membership organizations identified in North and South Carolina to ensure firms were aware of contracting opportunities and requirements to bid on work. A follow-up meeting was held on February 9, 2012, specifically for construction firms to inform them of the potential scopes of work for the project.
The construction subcontracting RFPs released on Friday are for: scaffolding/platforms and temporary stairs, millwork, doors and hardware, drywall and framing, painting and wall covering, fixed seating.
In the upcoming weeks, the DNCC will also issue RFPs for: acoustical panel ceilings, carpentry, custodial (construction cleaning and final cleaning), electrical, fencing/site work and barricades, IT/cabling, rigging and warehouse/storage, and transport (onsite & offsite). All RFPs will be available on the Vendor directory, which can be accessed through www.demconvention.com.
The DNCC will evaluate the proposals based on numerous criteria, including, but not limited to: experience, reliability, relationships to Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding region, participation of union labor, women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and persons with disabilities, and local resources to support the endeavor.
In October of 2011, the DNCC awarded contracts for the Construction Management and Event/Exposition Services of the 2012 Democratic National Convention to Hargrove/Rodgers Russell Hunt. The construction manager will oversee the temporary modification and the restoration of the arena following the convention. The team combined represents a partnership of firms that include locally based firms, firms with strong ties to Charlotte and North Carolina and firms that have a strong record of working with women, minority and disability-owned and union labor.