Indianapolis seeks submissions for criminal justice center services

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The Indianapolis Bond Bank is looking for firms interested in working on the city’s new criminal justice center — from providing civil engineering services to mechanical, electrical and plumbing work.

The bond bank released a “request for qualifications” on June 9 for 17 design services associated with the project, with submissions due June 27. The city will select chosen contractors sometime after Aug. 1.

The new jail, an assessment and intervention facility, and the courts will be moving to a new complex at the former Citizens Gas and Coke Utility plant just southeast of downtown. The plant closed in 2007.

The new complex is expected to cost upwards of $575 million, and is part of Mayor Joe Hogsett’s overall criminal justice reform efforts.

The RFQ notes that selections are “not based on competitive bidding, but on professional qualifications, competence, documented experience and the expertise of key personnel."

Andy Mallon, the city's corporation counsel, told IBJ that requests for qualifications precede "requests for proposals" to "short-list potential qualified vendors to respond to the eventual RFP."

"That is what will happen when we ultimately procure the design-build teams," Mallon told IBJ in an email.

The services sought are civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental, architectural, survey, structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, landscape, traffic study, technology, elevator, laundry, kitchen and acoustical.

The city and bond bank will host a meeting at 10 a.m. Monday to discuss the project and the RFQ at the Julia M. Carson Government Center. Attendance is “strongly encouraged as it may impact respondents’ ability to prepare an effective response,” according to the RFQ.

Mallon said there will be two rounds of requests associated with the justice center project: a request for design services, and a design and build procurement process. The city will eventually choose a design and build team for the courthouse and a separate one for the jail and assessment and intervention center.

Mallon said the design team eventually selected as a result of this request "will craft the design criteria upon which potential [design-build teams] for the courthouse and the jail and AIC will bid."


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