Managing director Harry Schoening and senior vice president BobHunt of Jones Lang LaSalle's Public Institutions practice in thePacific Northwest are handling the RFQ process on behalf of MarinCounty. The RFQ process will lead to a request for concepts (RFC)followed by a request for proposals (RFP). Jones Lang LaSalle willmanage the entire process and make recommendations to the county,after which the county's board of supervisors will make the finalselection of a group to design and construct the facility.

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Marin County's Office of Emergency Services is currently housedin the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin Civic Center, commissionedin 1957 and now a National Historic Landmark. The new facility,which does not yet have a site but will likely be built close tothe Civic Center campus north of Downtown San Rafael, is expectedto be open by 2014.

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The project was approved by the supervisors in July. It callsfor a first-phase development, with a budget estimate of $58million, consisting of approximately 54,600 square feet ofessential service space plus up to 6,500 square feet of ancillaryspace. Roughly 27,700 square feet of essential service space wouldbe built in the second phase. Although the project will be built intwo phases, the selected team will be asked to present the entiredesign as one.

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Schoening says that JLL has already fielded a lot of initialinquiries from the architectural and design field about theproject. Hunt points out that the project "isn't a traditionaldevelopment," but instead is a highly complex public-privatepartnership. He adds that the teams would be required to provideplans to design, construct and partially finance the project. Thecounty is providing the bulk of the anticipated project costs butthe design/development team selected may also have to provide gapfinancing, if needed.

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