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Northern California VA Plans Genomics Research Center, Seeks Architect

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US government has issued a formal solicitation for architectural services from firms in the Bay Area and vicinity for new genomics and translational research centers planned for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus in Palo Alto, Calif.

The VA said in a formal solicitation notice that is seeking firms capable of providing schematic, design development and construction documents for two new approximately 12,000 square-foot research laboratory buildings. The buildings will house facilities, including wet and dry labs, for research programs in regenerative medicine, genomics, and translational research.

Firms seeking the work will have to carry out site work that includes utilities, landscaping, parking and roadwork, the solicitation stated.

According to the solicitation, firms will be narrowed down to a group that will be selected for interviews and negotiations based on their location — only firms within a 100 mile radius of the Palo Alto facility will be considered — as well as their past experience, specialized experience and technical competence in research laboratory building design; capacity to accomplish the work in the required time; past performance on contracts with respect to cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules; and their knowledge of the locality of the project.

The solicitation stated that the research centers will be funded through the $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, without stating a cost limit or range.

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