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Stage II Q&A

Q30: Is it required to have a project manager present at the interview?
A30: Yes, refer to the Stage II memorandum dated and distributed on October 28, 2011.
Added 11/23/11

Q29: Could we obtain a copy of the attendee list from the networking session?
A29: Yes, e-mail a request to the Competition Manager and we will send it to you.
Added 11/17/11

Q28: What is the decision-making and project administration structure? How are NPS and the Trust for the National Mall sharing/delegating responsibilities?
A28: The Trust for the National Mall is the Sponsor of the Competition. The Trust is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall. Specific project administration and responsibilities for each project has not been determined.
Added 11/17/11

Q27: For Union Square: What role will the Architect of the Capitol play in the design and approvals process?
A27: The Architect of the Capitol is a member of the Competition Steering Committee and is represented on the Competition’s Technical Advisory Group. Detailed information and maps for each site will be provided to the Design Teams in Stage III.
Added 11/15/11

Q25: Is there a 5% art requirement for each site?
A25: No.
Added 11/15/11

Q26: For Union Square: Are the surrounding contiguous streets part of the eventual purview of the competition?
A26: Designers will be required to address the context of their sites. Detailed information and maps for each site will be provided to the Design Teams in Stage III.
Added 11/15/11

Q24: Is the Project Manager required to attend the Networking Session on November 16th?
A24: The Team’s project manager is encouraged, but not required to attend.
Added 11/15/11

Q23: Please confirm that we do not need to resubmit our team’s architecture and landscape architecture key resumes and project qualifications.
A23: See Q&A #18.
Added 11/15/11

Q22: Are sub-consultants who want to be considered for teaming on the competitions required/mandated to take part in the networking session on November 16 in order to qualify?
A22: No. See also Q&A #21.
Added 11/15/11

Q21: Are we bound to invite consultants taking part in the November 16 networking session to join our team?
A21: No. The Networking Session is a good-faith effort to provide an opportunity to disadvantaged and local contractors.
Added 11/15/11

Q20: What are the minority, small, women-owned, disadvantaged and veteran-owned business requirements for this project?
A20: See Q&A #6.
Added 11/15/11

Q19: Will an updated existing conditions survey be provided by the Trust or the National Park Service?
A19: Detailed information and maps for each site will be provided to the Design Teams in Stage III.
Added 11/15/11

Q18: Are the criteria for the Lead Architect and Lead Landscape Architect 5 projects the same as already submitted or is new material required?
A18: Teams are not required to include new material for the Lead Architect and Lead Landscape Architect in the Stage II submittal, but may do so if desired. Teams also do not need to repeat any information from the Stage I submittal as those will be available to the Jury. See also Q&A #5.
Added 11/15/11

Q17: If there are multiple disciplines represented within one firm on the team can those be submitted separately with their own related ‘firm’ profile and 5 project limit?
A17: Yes. Teams may structure the required material to best describe their team as long as you stay within the given maximum page limits.
Added 11/15/11

Q16: Will a Section 106 process be required?
A16: Yes.
Added 11/15/11

Q15: Will an EA or EIS be required?
A15: Yes.
Added 11/15/11

Q14: Are all sub-consultant firms required to have American citizenship/ownership?
A14: No.
Added 11/15/11

Q13: Does the RFQ need to present the full qualifications of all team members required, or may we feature only the most pertinent team members?
A13: It is up to the Team. Per section 5.2 of the Competition Manual, “Each Design Team should include the appropriate disciplines to address the issues the Team believes to be necessary to design and provide documentation appropriate for construction and implementation of the project.”
Added 11/15/11

Q12: Do the (5) relevant projects in the RFQ need to be one page each, or may we combine them?
A12:  The requirement if for “up to five relevant examples.” They may be presented at your discretion.
Added 11/15/11

Q11: Do the resumes and firm profile in the RFQ need to be one page each?
A11: No, “one-page” is a maximum.
Added 11/15/11

Q10: For section 5.4.3, do project examples have to be specific to the key personnel submitted?
A10: That would be ideal, but the required project examples may be by the firm. Added 11/15/11
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Q9: Is a map with explicit boundaries of each of the sites available?
A9: Detailed information and maps for each site will be provided to the Design Teams in Stage III.
Added 11/15/11

Q8: Do you recommend shortlisted teams bring marketing collateral to the networking session on 11/16?
A8: There is no specific requirement. Bring whatever materials are needed for your outreach.
Added 11/15/11

Q7: Is a list of interested M/WBE parties available prior to the networking session?
A7: No, but we will have sign-in sheets available to you after the session.
Added 11/15/11

Q6: What is the M/WBE percentage for the competition? Will it be determined on team makeup alone, or project fees?
A6: There is not a specific percentage requirement for the competition. Percentages for future phases of the projects have not been determined at this time and may depend on contracting methods.
Added 11/15/11

Q5: The Stage II Requirements Memorandum dated October 28, 2011 states that the Stage I & II submittals will be evaluated by the Jury so therefore the Stage II submittal should not include information provided in the Submittal I. Since the Stage I submittal included related project information, does that mean that the Lead Architect and Landscape Architect need not supply additional built project information but instead should focus on their firm's composition/profile and consultant team qualifications?
A5: Yes, the Stage II submittal should focus on the entire team and team structure. The Stage I Portfolio was the basis for your selection to participate in Stage II. The Jury's evaluation of Stage II will consider both the Stage I Portfolio and Stage II submittal as a single "package" (one story in two volumes).
Added 11/11/11

Q4: Can you confirm that the Stage II Q&A concludes on Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving?
A4: Yes, the last day to submit questions for Stage II is November 25, 2011.
Added 11/11/11

Q3: Is there an agenda for the Networking Session other than what is outlined in your Memorandum from October 28?
A3: Doors open to the teams only at 8:30 a.m. for set up, doors open to the public at 9:00 a.m. The Competition Manager will provide a brief overview presentation at approximately 9:30 a.m. The rest of the time is for informal meeting and discussion. The event ends at 11:30 a.m.
Added 11/11/11

Q2: Is there anything we need to do in preparation for next Wednesday's Networking Session?
A2: There is no required preparation. It would be good to come prepared with an understanding of what types/disciplines you may be seeking to add to your team.
Added 11/11/11

Q1: Regarding the November 16 Networking Session, please confirm if it is mandatory for the Designers to be present or can their Project Manager represent in attendance.
A1: The Lead Designers must have representation at the Networking Session. The Lead Designers themselves are encouraged, but not required to attend.
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Stage I Q&A

Q65: Is October 8 the deadline for individuals to register on the competition website, or is this the deadline for teams to register together? If the latter, where do teams submit their registration?
A65: All that is required is that someone representing your team completed the online registration form. There is not a separate team registration.
Added 10/11/11

Q64: For each partnered team of Landscape Architect and Architect, should both participants be shown as point of contact or should just one be designated? 
A64: We just need one point of contact.
Added 10/11/11

Q63: May a landscape architectural firm submit for more than one joint-lead (Architect-Landscape Architect) teams?
A63: Yes.
Added 10/11/11

Q62: Do all projects submitted in the Stage 1 portfolio need to be completed (built work)?
A62: No.
Added 10/11/11

Q61:  Can you elaborate on the security needs/goals of each project?
A61:  This information will be shared with the Design Teams selected to participate in Stage III of the Competition.
Added 10/11/11

Q60: What are the M/WBE requirements?
A60: There are none for Stage I. Requirements will be further defined for the Stage II participants.
Added 10/3/11

Q59: It looks like this competition is aimed primarily at older architects with significant experience directly in this field. What is the possibility of a team of younger architects being considered in the design phase of the competition?
A59: The Trust for the National Mall seeks responses from both established designers as well as emerging talent.
Added 10/3/11

Q58: Addendum #1 states, "lead architecture and landscape architecture designers shall be U.S. Citizens and have offices based in the United States". Does this mean that permanent legal residents (foreign national) working in the U.S. architectural or landscape architectural firm are not eligible to be a lead designer for this competition?
A58: Yes. Per Addendum #1, the Lead Designers must be U.S. Citizens with offices based in the U.S.
Added 10/3/11

Q57: Is each lead designer required to be a registered Architect of Landscape Architect?
A57: No. The Architect and Landscape Architect of Record need to be registered. Refer to Section 7. “Eligibility” of the Competition Regulations.
Added 10/3/11

Q56: What are the boundaries of the 3 sites and the approximate acreage for each?
A56: Refer to the map posted to the Competition website.
Added 10/3/11

Q55: Can the team of Lead Designers submitting the Stage I Portfolio consist of more than one landscape architecture or architecture firm?
A55: Yes. Also see Q/A #44 and #49.
Added 10/3/11

Q54: What are portfolio criteria?
A54: Refer to Section 4. “Mandatory Requirements for Stage I: Portfolio” of the Competition Regulations.
Added 10/3/11

Q53: Is this competition open to out of state residents?
A53: Yes, per Addendum #1, lead architecture and landscape architecture designers shall be U.S. Citizens and have offices based in the United States. 
Added 10/3/11

Q52: Can qualified individuals register and assemble as a team to compete? Or, must each entrant have a registered architect and landscape architect working under the same company? How should partnerships be handled?
A52: Lead Designers do not have to be from the same company. How partnerships are handled is up to you. Refer to sections 4 and 7 and Addendum #1 of the Competition Regulations for eligibility requirements.
Added 10/3/11

Q51: I have read that part of the plan includes replacement of the Reflecting Pool. Is this true?
A51: The preliminary program for Union Square as stated on page 13 of the Competition Manual calls for maintaining water as an element of the site and utilizing water features as formal elements of the design as well as contributing to the creation of a more comfortable and welcoming physical environment.
Added 10/3/11

Q50: Page 28, 4.4.3 asks for "a written statement (maximum of one page per site) by the Lead Designers addressing reason for the project preference...."  Must the lead designers choose one and only one site, or can we "prefer" two sites?  "One page per site" implies multiple sites.
A50: You may prefer one, two, or all three sites. You may also address them in a single Portfolio or address each site in a separate and complete Portfolio. Refer to Q/A #36.
Added 10/3/11

Q49: Re Page 28, 4.2 Composition: Could the Lead Design team include a collaboration of multiple landscape architecture firms and multiple architecture firms? Or are you asking for just one single firm or individual from each discipline?
A48: The focus of Stage I is on individuals not firms. No matter how many individuals make up your Lead Designers, you must present statements and project examples by those individuals as well as their bio in the Portfolio submittal.
Added 10/3/11

Q48: Is the previously proposed restaurant for Constitution Gardens part of the program for this competition?
A48: Yes. Refer to page 21 of the Competition Manual for the preliminary program for Constitution Gardens.
Added 10/3/11

Q47: Is there any information about the jury at this time? ie. Number of jurors or their backgrounds?
A47: Refer to Q/A #23.
Added 10/3/11

Q46: If you have more than one statement of design intent, should you package that in more than one document/submission or multiple submissions?
A46: Refer to Q/A #36.
Added 10/3/11

Q45: If a team is proposing more than one site with the same team is it expected that they submit a statement of design intent for each site or can you use one for each?
A45: It is up to the Lead Designers in how they choose to present themselves.
Added 10/3/11

Q44: Should the lead designer be an individual, firm, or collective. Is there a preference? Would you like to see the values of an individual or the values of firms?
A45: The focus of Stage I is on individuals and not firms. Per Section 4.2 of the Competition Regulations, Lead Designers may be an individual, a studio, or a close collaboration of individuals.
Added 10/3/11

Q43: Can the spokesperson be somebody other than the lead architect/landscape architect?
A43: See Q/A #42.
Added 10/3/11

Q42: You ask that a spokesperson be defined amongst the architect and landscape architect. Does that mean the prime consultant for the end or an individual as a point of contact?
A42: For Stage I, it is a point of contact/spokesperson and it should be one of the people designated as a Lead Designer.
Added 10/3/11

Q41: For Stage III, will there be location drawings provided for the roadway under Union Square?
A41: Yes, the Design Teams will receive that information at the beginning of Stage III.
Added 10/3/11

Q40: In Stage I, should the statement of design intent be authored by both the Landscape architect and the Architect? Written separately, blended, co-signed, etc?
A40: It is up to the Lead Designers in how they choose to present themselves.
Added 10/3/11

Q39: The process seems to imply that a decision will be made about each site separately. Will all three sites have some thematic or programmatic link that will unite them all as compared to three distinct designs? Will there be some way for the designers to accommodate each others design concepts?
A39: The three sites are unified through the National Mall Plan and their program.
Added 10/3/11

Q38: Should either the lead architect or lead landscape architect be distinguished as the lead/prime?
A38: Yes, please identify a spokesperson/point of contact.
Added 10/3/11

Q37: Will the same group of people, not three distinct groups, evaluate the three sites?
A37: The entire Jury will evaluate and select the short-list for each site.
Added 10/3/11

Q36: If we want to submit for three different sites, but we might team with different people, do we submit one time showing the mix of teams on different sites, or do we submit three distinct times?
A36: Per Addendum #2 to the Competition Regulations, Lead Designers may submit a single Portfolio addressing one, two, or all three Competition sites, OR they may submit a separate and complete Portfolio for each site. Whichever approach is chosen, single or multiple portfolios, they must comply with the submittal requirements stated in the Competition Manual. If different Lead Designers are being proposed for different sites, then separate and complete Portfolios would be required for each site.
Added 10/3/11

Q35: What are the required qualifications for the team members (for example registered architect, etc)?
A35: Refer to Section 7. “Eligibility” of the Competition Regulations as well as Addendum #1 of the Competition Manual.
Added 10/3/11

Q34: Is there a required scale for each of the drawings submitted on boards?
A34: The details of the Stage III submittal will be defined at the Stage III Briefing for the teams selected to participate.
Added 10/3/11

Q33: Can you provide more detail on the specific format or materials needed for the press kit materials submission?
A33: The details of the Stage III submittal will be defined at the Stage III Briefing for the teams selected to participate.
Added 10/3/11

Q32: Is the $25K stipend per team or per project? If a team is shortlisted for more than one project, would they also receive more than one stipend?
A32: The honorarium is per complying entry, not team.
Added 10/3/11

Q31: Is a list of jury members available?
A31: Refer to Q/A #23.
Added 10/3/11

Q30: When Stage 3 competitors are announced on 12/15, will they also be notified of the sites which they have been assigned to?
A30: Per Section 2.7 of the Competition Regulations under “Competition Procedure,” the Jury will select a maximum of eight Lead Designers for each site to be invited to participate in Stage II of this Competition, so the Teams will know at that point which site(s) they have been selected for.
Added 10/3/11

Q29: Can/should different Partners of a firm work on different sites?
A29: As Stage I focuses on the individual Lead Designers, different Partners may submit for different sites.
Added 10/3/11

Q28: If a team is selected for more than 1 site, is it necessary or possible to incorporate different sub-consultants and/or Design Leads for Each? i.e. Having different architects for each site.
A28: Per Section 4.2 of the Competition Regulations under “Mandatory Requirements for Stage I: Portfolios,” each submittal must identify a Lead Design Architect and a Lead Design Landscape Architect. No sub-consultants should be included in the Stage I submittal. If a pair of Lead Designers is chosen for more than one site, they may compose a team for each site as they see fit within the requirements set forth in the Competition Regulations. They do not have to use the same at each site.
Added 10/3/11

Q27: Should the portfolio submission be portfolio or landscape format?
A27: Either is fine.
Added 10/3/11

Q26: Is there a way that I might contact those groups who have entered the competition?
A26: There will be a Networking Session at the beginning of Stage II that will provide people the opportunity to meet the short-listed designers for the purposes of teaming opportunities.
Added 10/3/11

Q25: Please direct me to the Portfolio Submission requirements with a URL.
A25: The Portfolio submittal requirements are stated in the Competition Manual that can be downloaded from the Competition website.
Added 10/3/11

Q24: What general site boundaries are accepted for the "Washington Monument Grounds at the Sylvan Theater"?
A24: Generally, the south side of the Monument grounds from Survey Lodge to Monument Lodge. Refer to the map posted to the Competition website.
Added 10/3/11

Q23: I'm interested in who is on the design jury for this competition, is that information available?
A23: The Jury has not been released yet. We anticipate announcing the Jury in the next week or two.
Added 10/3/11

Q22:  I have an idea, a design for one section of the mall and wondered if I may submit the idea even though I am not part of a team.
A22: Only submissions that comply with the submittal requirements as stated in the Competition Manual will be considered by the Jury.
Added 10/3/11

Q21: For those of us who can't be [at the Pre-Submittal Meeting] will you be posting any key info from the briefing concerning competition sites and programs, a competition overview and information regarding Stage I submittals?
A21: A video recording of the meeting is on the Competition website. Also refer to the Section 4. “Mandatory Requirements for Stage I: Portfolio” of the Competition Regulations.
Added 10/3/11

Q20: Will there be a listing of who attends the pre-submittal meeting?
A20: Yes, you may request it from the Competition Manager.
Added 10/3/11

Q19: What is the expected prize for the winners at each stage of the competition?
A19: The selected Design Team for each site will be invited to negotiate a contract with the Sponsor to provide professional services to implement a design for their particular National Mall project per Section 11. “Agreement between the Sponsor and the Selected Designers” of the Competition Regulations. Also, the Stage III Design Teams will receive a $25,000 honorarium per Section 8. “Competition Honorarium” of the Competition Regulations. There is no compensation for Stage I and Stage II Participants.
Added 10/3/11

Q18: Please clarify if foreign firms with US offices, allied with a US-based prime consultant, are eligible to compete.
A18: Per Addendum #1, the lead architecture and landscape architecture designers shall be U.S. Citizens and have offices based in the United States.  Per section 4.2 of the Competition Regulations, “The Lead Designers may be an individual, a studio, or a close collaboration of individuals.” Therefore, any and all persons designated in the Lead Design role must meet the requirements of the Addendum.
Added 9/26/11

Q17: Can you tell me where to find info on site visit scheduled for September 28th?
A17: Refer to Q/A #8.
Added 9/22/11

Q16: What time will the September 28th pre-submittal briefing and site visit start?
A16: Refer to Q/A #8.
Added 9/22/11

Q15: Is this pre-submittal meeting and site visit on Sep 28 mandatory?
A15: No.
Added 9/22/11

Q14: Is the competition open for international entrants?
A14: Refer to Addendum #1 of the Competition Manual.
Added 9/22/11

Q13: The Competition Manual states a pre-submittal meeting and site visit on September 28.  Could you please provide more information about it (time, place, etc.)?
A13: Refer to Q/A #8.
Added 9/22/11

Q12: I have already downloaded the competition manual, however I'm not sure if this process counted as an official registration - which I see is required to happen before 10/07/2011. Will you clarify if additional registration is required, and if so, please share where this is located on the competition website?
A12: Completion of the online form to download the Competition Manual is the registration process.
Added 9/22/11

Q11: Does the first phase portfolio have to address one or all of the three sites? 
A11: It is up to the entrant. You must submit a Statement of Project Preference for each site for which you are interested in competing. Refer to section 4 “Mandatory Requirements for Stage I: Portfolio” of the Competition Regulations for more information.
Added 9/22/11

Q10: I am interested in a registry to aid any commissions or groups needing assistance with Glass installation.
A10: There will be a Networking Session as part of Stage II. We will post information regarding this meeting to the website as it becomes available.
Added 9/22/11

Q9:  Please keep me informed of any updates to the web site or additional meeting information.
A9: It is the responsibility of the participants to check the website for updates and addendums.
Added 9/22/11

Q8: The competition manual doesn't indicate a time or place for the Pre-submittal Meeting.  Has a time & place been established? Do I need to pre-register for the Pre-submittal Meeting?
A8: The Pre-Submittal Meeting will be held on September 28, 2011 at National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street, NW, Washington DC 20004. The briefing will be from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Commission Chambers on the 5th Floor. The meeting will be followed by self-guided tours of the competition sites from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Participants do not need to pre-register for the meeting.
Added 9/22/11

Q7: How does one register for the competition? 
A7: Fill out the online form required to download the Competition Manual.
Added 9/20/2011

Q6: I am unable to access the competition manual. I have completed the form, and provided all of my information. However, the pdf does not appear in the browser. Please advise.
A6: The Competition Manual is a large file and may take a few minutes to download. We are working on a smaller file that should be posted soon.
Added 9/20/2011

Q5:  Will there be a link for Addenda or other Question and Answers?
A5:  All addenda will be posted to the Competition Manual download page and Question and Answers are listed on Question and Answers page of the competition website.
Added 9/20/2011

Q4: Will the final submission will be printed or will be submitted online?
A4: The submittals will be printed format and not online. Refer to the Competition Manual for submittal requirements. 
Added 9/20/2011

Q3: What are the fees for registration?
As: There is no registration fee.
Added 9/20/2011

Q2: How do you join the competition?
A2: Fill out the online form on the competition website to register for the competition.
Added 9/20/2011

Q1: What are the rules, dates etc.?
A1: The rules and schedule are stated in the Competition Manual.
Added 9/20/2011

General Information:

What is the National Mall?
The National Mall, located at the heart of Washington, DC, is the country’s premier national park. It is truly America’s Front Yard, but also serves as the world’s window on America. The park is home to some of our nation’s most recognizable monuments, memorials and important events: presidential inaugurations, social and political demonstrations, and historical commemorations. It serves as a symbol of our democracy and provides every American and international visitor a chance to connect with our country’s history and heroes. The Trust is dedicated to restoring and improving this important space. Our focus is on this National Mall footprint.

Why is the National Mall in a state of disrepair?
The National Mall has been loved to death. With more than 25 million visitors to the National Mall each year the National Park Service cannot keep up with the volume of use with continuing reduced budgets. The National Mall has more visits than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks combined and hosts more than 3,000 permitted events each year.

Click here to see the AP's interactive map of the damage.

Why doesn't Congress pay for the upkeep of the National Mall?
The National Park Service is facing a $9 billion repair and maintenance backlog for all national parks and an estimated $450 million for the National Mall. Congress is helping but we cannot wait for Congress to restore America's Front Yard.

What is the Trust for the National Mall?
The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall.

Simply put, our goal is to make the National Mall the best park in the world.

How much work needs to be done?
It has been 30 years since the National Mall's last major renovation was completed after the country's bicentennial in 1976.

What is the National Mall Plan?
The National Mall Plan is the Park Service's blueprint for the restoration and improvement of our National Mall. It is the result of a planning process that took four years and includes comments from 34,000 people in all 50 states, research on best practices in parks throughout the world, and the input of more than 100 federal agencies and expert constituencies. The official Record of Decision for the Mall Plan was signed by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on November 9, 2010. To learn more about the National Mall Plan, click here.

How do I find out about the plans for the National Mall? Can I share my views?
The Trust encourages everyone to participate in the Mall Plan. For more information please visit http://www.nps.gov/nationalmallplan/.

How can I help restore the National Mall?
The Trust hopes that all Americans become involved in restoring America's Front Yard. To contribute please go to www.nationalmall.org/donation.php