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Meeting Date: 3/26/2019
District D
Item Creation Date: 1/28/2019

25DSGN115 – Professional Architectural Services Contract – Kirksey Architecture-Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center

Agenda Item#: 22.


ORDINANCE appropriating $1,953,702.00 out of Public Health Consolidated Construction Fund; approving and authorizing Professional Architectural Services Contract between the City of Houston and KIRKSEY ARCHITECTURE to Perform Design and Construct Phase Services for a new Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center for the Health Department; providing funding for the Civic Art Program financed by the Public Health Consolidated Construction Fund - DISTRICT D - BOYKINS


RECOMMENDATION:  Approve professional architectural services contract and appropriate funds for the project.


SPECIFIC EXPLANATION:  The General Services Department (GSD) recommends that City Council approve a professional architectural services contract with Kirksey Architecture (Kirksey) to perform design and construction phase services for a new Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center for the Houston Health Department.


On April 13 and April 20, 2018, GSD advertised a Request for Qualifications containing selection criteria that ranked respondents on experience, key personnel experience, key personnel’s office location, design implementation, proposed design team consultants, and community engagement.  The Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) were due on May 3, 2018, and 12 firms responded.  GSD evaluated the respondents and interviewed the five highest ranked firms.  Kirksey ranked highest in combined scores from the SOQ evaluation and interview and offers the best value for the City based on the advertised criteria.


PROJECT LOCATION: 4410 Reed Road, Houston, TX  77051


PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The project will design and construct a new combination Multi-Service and Health Center. The new two-story facility will include but is not limited to the following areas: administration, seniors, WIC, multi-purpose room, fitness center, computer lab, classrooms, training space and a community garden. These areas will support the following programs: meal service, food bank and food distribution, general family health, women’s health, men’s health, immunization, dental and gardening. The design will also incorporate a future park space on the existing site.


The new building will be constructed with energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and will meet all current environmental and LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.


SCOPE OF CONTRACT AND FEE: The contract provides for a Basic Services Fee to be paid as a lump sum and certain Additional Services to be paid on a reimbursable basis.


                        $ 1,467,000.00            Basic Services Fee

                        $     383,100.00           Additional Services Fee

                        $      70,000.00            Reimbursable Expenses

                        $ 1,920,100.00            Total Contract Services

                        $       33,602.00           Civic Art (1.75%)

                        $ 1,953,702.00            Total Funding



M/WBE INFORMATION:  A 24% M/WBE goal has been established for this contract. The architect has submitted the following certified firms to achieve the goal:



Work Description


% of Contract

Gradient Group, LLC

Civil Engineering



Henderson Rogers Structural Engineers, LLC

Structural Engineering



Infrastructure Associates, Inc.

MEP Engineering



Asakura Robinson Company LLC

Landscape Architect







PAY OR PLAY PROGRAM: The proposed contract requires compliance with the City’s ‘Pay or Play’ Ordinance regarding health benefits for employees of City contractors. In this case, the architect elects to play; providing health benefits to eligible employees in compliance with City policy.


WBS Nos: H-000091-0001-3


CIP FISCAL NOTE:  The five-year projected operating and maintenance costs for this project are noted below:                       


               Capital Project Information:  See attached Form A for a breakdown of capital costs.


          Estimated Fiscal Operating Impact


 FY 19  FY 20  FY 21

FY 22

FY 23


Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center

 $0 $0 $0









C. J. Messiah, Jr.

General Services Department





Stephen L. Williams, M. Ed., MPA

Houston Health Department



Amount and Source of Funding:

$ 1,953,702.00

Public Health Consolidated Construction Fund

Fund 4508

Contact Information:

Jacquelyn L. Nisby

Council Liaison                     

Phone:  832.393.8023
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