Dozens of engineers attend infrastructure meeting

More than 80 representatives of local and regional engineering and design firms attended a City Hall meeting this afternoon to hear more about the city’s process to hire design firms to work on the massive overhaul of the city’s storm-damaged infrastructure.

The meeting included an overview by city representatives and HNTB, the city’s project manager, as well as a question-and-answer session.

On Nov. 4 the city began inviting engineering firms to respond to a “Request for Qualifications” for the design of projects involved in the city’s $355 million infrastructure work.

The work, expected to take several years, will involve the paving of about 100 miles of streets, and the replacement and repair of about 170 miles of sewer and water lines, 60 miles of storm drains, and dozens of lift stations and water wells. The initial cost estimate for the work is $355 million.

Engineering and design firms have until Dec. 10 to turn in qualifications in order to be considered for various phases of the project.

The engineering and design firms will draft construction documents that the city will use to prepare bid packages for contractors.

To see the 35-page RFQ, which explains the submittal process and includes maps of project areas, click here.