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RFP: Historic Route 1 Maryland Building Survey, Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (Prince George’s County, MD)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - survey, rfp, consultant
Contributed By: Meagan Baco
Website: http://www.anacostiatrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/atha-historic-us-route-1-building-survey-rfp-9-26-22.pdf

Request for Proposals
Released 9-26-2022
Due 10-24-2022

Historic Route 1 Maryland Building Survey
http://www.anacostiatrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/atha-historic-us-route-1-building-survey-rfp-9-26-22.pdf


Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA) is seeking responses from qualified consultants to complete a windshield survey and review of existing documentation of the historic structures and roadside architecture associated with the historic and current alignment of US Route 1 corridor within Prince George’s, Howard, and Baltimore Counties, Maryland. ATHA estimates 1000 parcels in the survey area.

Funded in part by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), the project must follow the Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland (MHT, Maryland Department of Planning, Revised 2019). The total cost of the project cannot exceed $17,000.

A portion of the project involves the preparation of a Research Report that synthesizes the history and development of U.S. Route 1 from Washington DC to Baltimore. Review of existing MHT Maryland Inventory of Historic Property (MIHP) forms will be required. The project does not include the completion of new or the updating of existing MIHP survey forms. This Research Report is intended to provide a synthesis of existing documentation and does not require extensive new primary research.

Proposals are due electronically to ATHA by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA)

ATHA is a private 501c3 non-profit organization with offices in Hyattsville, Maryland, that seeks to preserve and promote the history, art, culture, and natural resources of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

ATHA manages one of thirteen state-certified heritage tourism districts within the Maryland Heritage Areas Program; an initiative governed by MHAA and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). The cultural tourism efforts of each of the state’s Heritage Areas are proven to contribute to the state and local economy. The boundaries, interpretive themes, and management are tailored to the uniqueness of the individual area.

ATHA performs its work through advocacy, technical assistance, partnerships, programs, and grantmaking. Existing partners include Federal, State, and Regional entities, in addition to local sites, municipalities, businesses, property owners, and residents.


Historic Route 1 Corridor

Extending from Maine to Florida, the historic Route 1 corridor, runs north-south along America’s East Coast. US Route 1, Baltimore to Washington, DC, by Aaron Marcavitch (Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2018), is a recommended resource for understanding the history and development of Route 1 in Maryland. Through the years, portions of the roadway have been altered to accommodate both geological issues and development patterns. Part of this project will include a review of existing documentation to understand the road’s past and present alignment.

The portion of Route 1 included in the project area is bounded by the Baltimore City line at the northern end and the District of Columbia line at the southern end. Within this Scope of Work, the project area is also identified as the “survey area.” In addition to resources directly along the Route 1 corridor, the survey area includes resources adjacent to and/or in close proximity to Route 1. A preliminary review of existing documentation will help determine notable properties located in close proximity to the existing Route 1 roadway. Throughout this RFP and the project SOW, the phrase “Route 1 corridor” is used to describe the project area.


Scope of Work

A windshield survey and documentary research will be utilized to produce a spreadsheet listing all noteworthy properties associated with the historic context of Route 1. Noteworthy properties are identified as structures associated with Route 1 as a major transportation route from (1600-today) with a special focus on extant structures that express the importance of transportation, manufacturing, communication, and settlement patterns (ie. factories, utilities, service stations, gas stations, car dealerships, motels, parking structures, diners, etc.). Additional attention should be paid to identifying structures related to the modern architecture movement and meet the design principals laid out in “Modern Movement in Maryland Historic Context Statement (1930-1972)” (Unpublished, 2017: http://mahdc.org/ma/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Historic-Context-Modern-Movement-in-Maryland.pdf).

It is anticipated that the Research Report will utilize the major eras of significance as documented in “US Route 1: Baltimore to Washington DC” (Marchavitch, 2018):

-Early Ground Transportation Route (1600-1835)
-Railroad Building, Competition, and Services (1835-1890)
-Streetcars and Trolley Era (1890-1930)
-Automobile Traffic, Safety and Services (1930-1950)
-Implications of BWI Parkway and Interstate 95 (1950-1990)

As stated previously, the Research Report will utilize existing documentation to synthesize the history and development of U.S. Route 1 from Washington DC to Baltimore. This project is not intended to require extensive new primary research.

All work will be completed following MHT guidelines.

Work Items

The purpose of this RFP is to obtain a qualified consultant to complete the following tasks:

Document Review
Review existing documentation of the history of Route 1 in the survey area including current and historic alignments as well as existing architectural documentation and historic designations.

Windshield Survey
Conduct a windshield level cultural resource survey of any noteworthy resources within the survey area. It is believed that the majority of the resources associated with the Route 1 corridor may have already been surveyed; the survey will identify both un-surveyed resources and confirm previously surveyed resources.

Take a digital image of each noteworthy resource

As per MHT guidelines, utilize digital photography and submit prints of appropriate photographic images to MHT. Digital images and prints must meet the exact requirements as outlined in MHT’s Standards and Guidelines and Standards for Submission of Digital Images to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. MHT anticipates that the project will require approximately 20 printed photographs.

Resource Spreadsheet
Develop a spreadsheet of all noteworthy properties associated with the historic context of the Route 1 corridor, based on research and survey. Spreadsheet to include address/location information, key word description and a cursory assessment of construction date and current condition, a prioritization of potential for future documentation and potential eligibility (column indicating recommendation of MHT Intensive Level Survey, if applicable), and a thumbnail digital image for each resource. Additionally, the spreadsheet shall include indication of any current designation (National Register, within/contributing to an historic district, and/or county or local designation), and if applicable, existing MHT survey form number. It is anticipated that the spreadsheet will be used to assist in the completion of survey forms as a future project.

Research Report
Prepare a Research Report that synthesizes the history and development of U.S. Route 1 from Washington DC to Baltimore. The Research Report is intended to provide a synthesis of existing documentation; not extensive new primary research.

The Research Report will:
- Provide a brief historical context for the Route 1 corridor, summarizing the history and development of Route 1 from Washington DC to Baltimore, and including an overview of the entire (broader) Route 1 roadway
- Address geographical changes to the location and alignment of Route 1 over time
- Include a bibliography of sources reviewed and list any potential additional sources for further research
- Include copies of relevant maps, photos, etc illustrating the development of the Route 1 corridor 

Project Deliverables

All deliverables are to be submitted in electronic format. In addition to electronic submittals, two hard copies are required for all final deliverables. The project includes the following deliverables with the specified renditions:

-Draft, Revised Draft, and Final “Resource Spreadsheet”
- Draft, Revised Draft, and Final “Research Report”

All deliverables submitted to ATHA become property of MHT and shall include the MHT logo along with acknowledgement of MHT support, by providing the following statement:

This Project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Historical Trust, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, Project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Historical Trust.

The consultant will work in coordination with ATHA and Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). All work will be performed in compliance with MHT standards and guidelines.


Project Schedule

A detailed project schedule will be finalized after a qualified consultant has been selected. The project schedule will be discussed during an initial project kick-off meeting. Frequency of progress reports and best methods of communication will also be discussed during the project kick-off meeting. The project schedule will include an allowance of 30 days for review and comments by ATHA and the Maryland Historical Trust. Due dates for all project deliverables, comments, and progress reports will be incorporated into the project schedule. All final project deliverables must be submitted prior to September 29, 2023.


Professional Qualifications

MHT requirements for personnel involved in architectural investi­gations conform to the national standards detailed in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation (Federal Register, 36 CFR Part 61).

Respondents must demonstrate expertise in the areas of Maryland history, architectural history, and nineteenth and twentieth-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 field surveys.


Proposals to Include

All proposals should be complete and prepared in a concise manner to include:

- Overview of consultant/firm
- Summary of qualifications for the firm and each member of project team, including general and relevant work experience and identification of all professional staff members and/or consultants who will be working on this project (including resumes outlining experience and credentials of each staff member), indication of specific task responsibilities for each team member
- Portfolio with examples of relevant/similar projects along with completion dates
- Three references for completed projects
- Work plan with methodology outlining approach to complete the project
- Proposed project timeline
- Pricing information


How To Respond

Any offerors who meet the professional requirements and experience and are interested in submitting a proposal to provide such services must submit a proposal no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, October 24, 2022.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via email to info@anacostiatrails.org with subject line: ROUTE 1 RFP RESPONSE. Questions should also be directed to info@anacostiatrails.org

 


Keywords: survey, rfp, consultant

Posted: September 26, 2022
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