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Madison Center for History and Culture at Lee’s Academy

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Madison Center for History and Culture at Lee’s Academy

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Address 14 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison, CT  06443-3155

Instruction: Map Link: Lee’s Academy

The Madison Historical Society (MHS), the town’s oldest civic organization, is a member-supported 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit committed to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Madison. Through our educational programs and events, we tell the story of Madison, engage the community, and help people make meaningful and personal connections to history.  Lee’s Academy is listed in The National Register of Historic Places and is within the Madison Green National Historical District.  

The MHS (AA/EOE/Title VI) is seeking a qualified, experienced Architect to produce the Work described below including designs, specifications, engineering drawings and certain compliance certifications in order to accommodate a new public exhibit space for the Madison Center for History and Culture at Lee’s Academy.  Close coordination and cooperation is required with local and state stakeholders including, but not limited to, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Madison Planning and Zoning Commission, the Madison Historic District Commission and members of MHS’ Good-to-Great Committee and Exhibits Committee. 

Eligible architects must be duly licensed in the State of Connecticut, have a minimum of 20 years of experience in historic preservation, provide pertinent references, and comply with the BIDDING, CONTRACTING & CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES FOR STATE PROGRAMS  and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Properties..

The Work includes production of designs, specifications, construction drawings and certain certifications for:

  1. ADA compliant access at the rear of Lee’s Academy, including consideration of any interference with the existing second floor staircase.
  2. Necessary repairs to the front apron and two front entryways of Lee’s Academy.
  3. ADA-complying public washroom facility on the first floor, including any plumbing modifications.
  4. Alteration to the central support structure to provide one large uninterrupted space.
  5. HVAC for the entire two-floor building.
  6. Electrical upgrades as necessary.
  7. Installation of an attractive Federal Style exhibit room with necessary vitrines and display spaces. 
  8. UV protection for existing windows
  9. Museum quality lighting for the exhibit space.

The Work requires certain certifications or approvals including:

  1. The Architect is duly licensed by the State of Connecticut to provide the Work under contract.
  2. All Work provided complies with applicable Codes, Standards and Regulations and is suitable for the intended purpose.
  3. Flood Management Certification application and submission to DECD for review and subsequent certification to DEEP.
  4. Acquire Building Permit and check building lines, zoning regulations, local ordinances, codes or other pertinent regulations or restrictions.  
  5. Obtain all necessary local, state, federal and utility companies' approvals and any special permits, variances or waivers that may be required.

The Architect is required to remain available for consultation or testimony after submission of the Work, at a stated per diem rate, while the Good-to-Great grant is active.  All designs, specifications, plans, schedules, copyright and other Work documents provided under this Contract become the property of the MHS upon completion of the Work.

The submitted bid must be received by July 22, 2019, be responsive to the Work items 1. – 8. and A. – E., and discuss the bidder’s experience with similar work at heritage sites and/or exhibit spaces.  The bid must include the timeframe for design completion, cost, and any per diem charge.  Bidders committing to earlier completion times will be favored.  Cost of any application or certification fees for items above will be initially paid by the chosen architect and reimbursed at face value by the MHS.  

The Work is expected to commence immediately after Contract award and proceed expeditiously.  

This project is made possible by a State of CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) grant and by The Madison Historical Society.  The Madison Historical Society, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority/Women's Business Enterprises are encouraged to apply.

 For additional information, please call MHS Trustee and Project Manager Dennis Flynn at 508-450-6884.

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