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Aransas County Long Term Recovery ∙ 714 E. Concho ∙ Rockport, Texas 78382 ∙ (361) 790-9496


Aransas County, Texas and City of Rockport collectively known as, The Partners are requesting statements of qualification for architects with substantial experience in designing a County Courthouse and the Rockport City Hall complex known as, “The Downtown Anchor Project.”

As the first major step of recovery in the reconstruction of government facilities lost in Harvey, the partners are seeking an architect to design the project to be built on the property owned and leased by Aransas County. The selected architect will be required to provide a needs-assessment to assist the partners in determining the size and exact features of the project that best fits their needs and which are constructible within the partners estimated construction budgets. The partners have initially estimated approximately 55,000 sq. ft., at a cost of $18-19.3 million as the construction budget for the courthouse. The City Hall portions of the project are initially estimated at 28,000 sq. ft. at a cost of $9-10 million as the construction budget for city hall. The selected architect will be responsible for the design of the facilities and coordination of public input. If the partners elect to use the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) method for the project, the Architect also will be required to assist in the CMR process. The Project construction contract shall not exceed a cap of ($30) million dollars.

Once the partners have obtained the architect proposals, they will ranked from highest to lowest based on the selection criteria set out in the RFQ. Contract negotiations will begin with the first-ranked respondent and if the parties are unable to agree upon mutually acceptable terms, the partners will terminate negotiations and move to the second ranked respondent. The process will be followed until an agreement is reached or all the Respondents are rejected. The County Commissioner’s Court and the City Council will have the final decision in selecting the approved architect.

Judge Burt Mills and Mayor Pat Rios recently commented, “There is no doubt we were hit hard by the storm. This is a critical step for us since we lost our home base of operation.” Judge Mills stated, “By beginning this process, it is a powerful symbol of recovery for our community.” Mayor Rios agreed and commented that, “The Downtown Anchor Project will be a lasting symbol of long term recovery and community renewal. Both officials commented on the excellent support received by FEMA and the State in initiating the Downtown Anchor Project. Judge Mills noted; FEMA has been actively working with us and we thank them for their support.”

Architect Qualifications are due on or before September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm CST, Qualifications received after the date and time may not be considered. Qualifications are to be addressed to Aransas County Project Manager c/o Judge’s Office 2840 Hwy 35N Attn: Downtown Anchor Project RFQ#2018-01 Rockport, Texas 78382. For copies of the RFQ and additional information access the county website at or the city website at website.

Any questions regarding the RFQ, must submit a written inquiry via email to The final date for written questions and inquiries is September 4, 2018 at 12:00noon.

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