Fort Nisqually: Metro Parks Tacoma seeks contractor to develop museum’s long-range plan

Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking contractors with experience in museum design and long-range planning to develop a capital improvement and program plan that will guide the future of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, according to a legal notice published this week in the Tacoma Daily Index.

The museum, located at 5519 Five Mile Drive, in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, is an educational facility that features a mid-19th century Hudson’s Bay Company trading post that was originally located approximately 16 miles to the south in what is now the City of DuPont. Two surviving buildings from the original fort were moved to the present location in 1934, and the fort’s missing historic structures were reconstructed. The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum actively promotes Pacific Northwest heritage through education, historic preservation, and interpretation, and offers classes, camps, educational tours, public and private events, rentals, a museum store, and a research library. Historic preservation efforts include management of the original structures, as well as a growing collection of period artifacts and related research.

According to the formal Request for Qualifications, Metro Parks Tacoma and the Fort Nisqually Foundation seek planning and design teams to offer professional services to help lead a process to confirm a leading vision and mission statement that will set a direction for future growth and programming. The scope of work includes facilitating public meetings to solicit input and systematically review alternatives and final design and program proposals; working with Metro Parks Tacoma staff and a citizen steering committee to help shape program and design proposals; and develop a final program plan, site development plan, cost estimates, and phasing plans. The project budget is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000. A contract is expected to be awarded in July, and completed by the end of this year.

Contractors interested in the project may submit their qualifications until 2 p.m. on Fri., May 22. More information is available online here and here.

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