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County Seeks Qualified Professionals to Renovate Future Home at Alvarado Square

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County is working toward relocating the majority of its administrative offices to Alvarado Square, but before that can happen, the building has to be renovated to meet customer service needs and to accommodate about 900 employees who will be relocating to make the day-to-day operations of county government more efficient.

The county is in the process of hiring a design-build team for the renovation project. The county’s Procurement & Business Service Department is advertising the solicitation for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) phase of the two-part best value design//build selection process. The RFQ defines the scope and lists the qualifications required to submit a proposal.

Purchasing Alvarado Square is about reducing Bernalillo County’s physical and financial footprint.   Interior renovation and consolidating employees from several locations is a huge undertaking and we have to get it right by evaluating potential designers and contractors to make sure they’re appropriately qualified to assist the county,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.

The Request for Qualifications will be advertised for about 6 weeks; an internal team will review the proposals and select three design/build teams that meet the project qualifications. In August, the county will advertise the RFP – Request for Proposal, and all three pre-qualified offerors will formally submit their proposals to do the work, from start to finish.

The renovations will include reconstructing the first floor of Alvarado Square to create a state-of-the art one-stop customer service center; implement major energy efficiency improvements; extensive mechanical and plumbing upgrades; reconfiguring office space to accommodate modern cubicle work stations; and constructing a separate 250-seat chambers for County Commission meetings adjacent to the main Alvarado Square administrative building.

The chambers would also be available for various county boards and commissions, as well as for the community to use.

The goal is to start moving employees into the renovated building in December 2020.

For the past year, the county has been working with a team of professional consultants to further assess customer service needs, available space, and mechanical repairs and upgrade requirements, which changed the cost of the project from $36.2 million to $48.4 million.

The increase is primarily attributed to the recommendation to replace instead of repair essential plumbing and mechanical equipment because it’s more cost effective; the need for a larger customer service area, and a more appropriate public space to accommodate the commission chambers.

The funding to purchase, renovate and equip Alvarado Square will come from the issuance of $37.5 million of gross receipt tax revenue bonds, county savings, selling some existing county facilities, and a proposed $3.5 million in  general obligation bonds to offset the $4.5 million needed to cover the cost for new commission chambers. A bond question regarding the chambers will appear on the November 2018 general election ballot.

The county has identified five office buildings that will be appraised for sale or other revenue-generating purposes, closer to the completion of the Alvarado Square renovation.