(2014) Demonstration Projects
The District of Columbia is seeking proposals from third parties interested in entering into a license agreement for the operation of temporary demonstration projects on the St. Elizabeths East Campus. The purpose of said demonstration project is to incite public interest in St. Elizabeths East, activate the St. Elizabeths East Campus and showcase a vision for the future development of the Innovation Hub that is planned as an applied technology center where research, education, training, entrepreneurship, demonstration projects and private sector commercial activities will take place.
- Proposed Demonstration Projects may be up to 20,000 square feet of outdoor space for temporary use (1 month- 2 years) or up to 500 square feet of space at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center for programming and limited use displays (30-60 days).
- Each project must be temporary in nature and produce clear positive benefits that promote the future St. Elizabeths East redevelopment effort.
- The Demonstration Projects may include, but are not limited to, arts and cultural temporiums, creative art installations, technology displays, pop-up retail, rain barrel installation (or low-impact development), urban agriculture, performance areas, athletics or recreational play space, temporary parklets, food incubators, and/or STEM education programs and displays.
- Respondents will be responsible for licensing fees, maintenance, security, operations and other expenses associated with the Demonstration Project.
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(2014) Gateway DC Café Operator
The District of Columbia, acting by and through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is seeking proposals from food incubator operators, restaurateurs, and/or café owners interested in leasing 2,100 square feet of space in the St. Elizabeths East Gateway DC Pavilion.
Gateway DC is an innovative and aesthetically unique structure on the St. Elizabeths East Campus located at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and includes the following:
- 2,100 square foot leasable space for a food incubator, restaurant, or café
- 650 square foot multipurpose room
- 17,000 square foot open air market
- Curbside area that accommodates up to 6-10 food trucks
- Rooftop amphitheater that accommodates over 1,000 individuals
Pre-Response Conference: May 30, 2014
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(2014) Design-Build Chapel Renovation
The District is leading efforts to transform the St. Elizabeths East chapel into a Demonstration Center. The “R.I.S.E.” (REL8.INOV8.STIMUL8.ELEV8) Demonstration Center will bridge the gap between the innovation field and local community until the development of permanent Innovation Hub space is possible. The purpose of the Demonstration Center is to build interest in the campus redevelopment by immediately drawing the surrounding community into the campus and begin to create bonds with the residents and the Innovation Hub efforts. The utilization of the chapel presents a particularly unique opportunity to kick-off the Innovation Hub efforts, as it allows the District to leverage the local community’s affinity for the chapel and simultaneously build on the excitement and interest from the Gateway DC efforts and the gateway pavilion. The completion of the redevelopment of the chapel is scheduled for Summer 2014. The District’s tech partners, including the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College and Microsoft while the permanent MIC is in development, will provide programming at the Demonstration Center. In addition, the Demonstration Center will provide flexible conference space that can also be used as temporary space/demonstration areas for the campus’ anchor technology tenants.
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(2013) Summer Events Grant
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued a request for applications (RFA) for a not-for-profit organization (or partnering not-for-profit organizations) to receive a one-time grant of a maximum of $100,000 to complete four to six summer events at the St Elizabeths East campus geared towards local residents and visitors. Events must be held between July 1, 2014 and July 31, 2014. The goal of the funding is to specifically engage the local Ward 8 community in activities on the St. Elizabeths East campus, provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about St. Elizabeths East, the development of the innovation hub and its basic concepts, engage the community in events that encompass civic, humanities, and technology-focused educational components. St Elizabeths East is specifically interested in programming that combines arts and technology. Qualified applicants must meet the criteria noted in the RFA, including having a demonstrated ability to engage corporate funds and should be prepared to attract corporate partners. Questions should be directed to LaToyia Hampton, DMPED’s Grants Manager.
(2013) Arts and Humanities at St. Elizabeths
The development of arts, history and culture at St. Elizabeths East is a vital part of the redevelopment. The District is working with partners, such as the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, to make sure artists, historians and sociologists have input into the East campus. Art is often used as a way to heal. This project will serve as a form of healing to the campus and the community in a beneficial way which transcends the ordinary elements of redevelopment. Plans for St. Elizabeths East contemplate that visitors will experience a unique sense of place, unlike any other in the District. Visitors will be able to experience historic campus with a rich history, diverse culture, and a platform to display arts and humanities.
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(2013): St. Elizabeths East University Anchor Search
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The District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is currently seeking expressions of interest from academic institutions or consortia that wish to serve as the academic anchor for the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub, an integrated center of research, education and private sector commercial activities. As a large contiguous site in the heart of one of the nation’s most economically dynamic regions, St. Elizabeths East Campus offers universities an exceptional opportunity for co-location and collaboration with government and technology-related industries.
St. Elizabeths East is one of the largest mixed-use projects in the District and the Innovation Hub will be the core of its first phase of development, which will include academic and technology-related commercial facilities. The District is issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to gain insight about the academic and research programs that universities may propose to offer at St. Elizabeths East and the scale and scope of such programs. Academic institutions are encouraged to articulate their proposed role in the development of the Innovation Hub, with a specific focus on creating and growing businesses and jobs in the District. Interested parties can get a copy of the RFEI here: St Elizabeths East Request for Expressions of Interest for an Institutional Anchor and at: http://www.dc.gov/DC/DMPED/Opportunities/Development+Opportunities+and+Solicitations.
(2012) St Elizabeths East Institutional Anchors
In a significant step toward fulfilling its vision to transform the iconic St Elizabeths East campus into a thriving center of innovation, commerce, education, and community enrichment, DMPED issued an RFEI from institutions, organizations or businesses interested in serving as a programmatic anchor at the site. In response to this catalytic first step of a multi-phase development process for the historic campus three firms were selected: Citelum USA, Microsoft Corporation, and SmartBIM/Treasury Advisory Services.
While development partners are critical to the physical transformation of the site, private programmatic partners are needed to begin the economic transformation of the site. DMPED is excited to work with the proposed anchor tenants to create an innovative environment that focuses on activities that support the Security, Energy, and Sustainability sectors, areas where the region possesses considerable strength and competitive advantage.
(2012) St Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
To set the stage for once-in-a-generation development, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the design-and-construction team and unveiled plans for the new St Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion. Davis Brody Bond, KADCON, and Robert Silman Associates — a collaboration of firms whose individual portfolios include such internationally renowned landmarks as the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, the reconstruct5ion of DC’s Eastern Market, and the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture — were awarded the contract following a Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by the District Department of General Services (DGS) on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
While predevelopment and development activities take shape, and until new permanent uses begin in earnest – a period that may last between three and four years – the St Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion will serve multiple uses. Envisioned as a destination for casual dining, as well as a venue for hosting food trucks, a farmers’ market and other weekend and afterhours, community, cultural and arts events, the pavilion will complement the architectural and planning elegance that characterizes the historic campus.
The new Gateway Pavilion will be located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Redwood Street.
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(2012) St Elizabeths East Building Stabilization
In February 2012, DGS issued a Request for Proposals to engage a design-builder to make repairs to four historic building on the St. Elizabeths East Campus and to help prepare those buildings for future development activity. The Parkinson Grunley Joint Venture was selected to complete the work. The project includes buildings 89, 94, 95 and 100 located on the St. Elizabeths East campus (the “Project Buildings”). The Project Buildings were constructed in 1902 and were in the greatest need of stabilization and repair. In total, the Project Buildings comprise approximately 130,000 square feet. The stabilization work helps accomplish DMPED’s long term plan for the St. Elizabeths East Campus, which is to redevelop the historic buildings. The work will allow the District to stabilize the Project Buildings and protect them from further decay and encourage future development and add value in the a future, private use disposition.
(2012) Stage 1 Infrastructure Improvements
On behlaf of DMPED, the District Department of Transportation (“DDOT”) issued an RFQ for design-build services the “Stage 1” of the infrastructure developments. The Stage 1 Infrastructure Improvments will be the first of a two stage process, and the work is anticipated to include the design and construction new roadways, wet and dry utilities, new street lighting and overall project management activities. A request for proposals for a design-build firm will be issued shortly as the next step in the procurement process.