The City of Durham is seeking assistance through professional services for the survey, design, permitting and developing of construction documents for multiple stormwater drainage assistance projects involving private property. The City is seeking this assistance through the Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) program. Through this request for qualifications, the City intends to select several of the most qualified teams based on their submittals. The City intends to negotiate with each of the most qualified teams in order to enter into a contract to address multiple project sites. At this time the City has fourteen project sites and it is anticipated that three teams may be selected with each team being given four to five project sites. It is the City’s intent that the construction documents for all of the project sites will be ready for advertisement in a single construction project in approximately the same amount of time.
The typical project site involves replacing and/or rerouting a compromised, existing stormwater drainage pipe system located on private property. Some sites involve stabilizing and/or rerouting open channels on private property. Older sections of Durham were developed with little or no stormwater regulations. There are residential and commercial structures that were built over, or in close proximity to stormwater drainage systems (pipes and/or open channels). As these systems have reached their useful life, they become compromised and are threatening existing buildings and structures. The City has determined that each project site is eligible for the Private Drainage Assistance Program. The eligibility criteria for the program may be reviewed in the Durham Code of Ordinances, Section 70-685.