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Project Name:   Lyons Science Building - Comprehensive Renovation

 Closing Date:  June 6, 2016

Project Description:  Provide project planning and programming, and architectural and engineering design services through the Design Development phase for the Lyons Science Building - Comprehensive Renovation at Fayetteville State University.  The selected designer or A/E firm maybe retained through full design and construction administration at the university's option. Project work shall include a 77,030 SF facility complete with classrooms, labs and research spaces. See Appendix A for expanded project description.

Critical Selection Factors:  Interested firms can participate in the process by submitting a current SF 330Form and addressing the following in a written proposal.  Please note that only one copy of the proposal is requested and the length should be limited to twenty (20) pages (Exclusive of the SF 330 Form).  Firms are requested to assure receipt of proposals at address listed below by 5:00PM, June 6, 2016.

1.      Experience and expertise with similar projects

2.      Experience in purchasing property for the N.C. State Universities and Colleges in accordance with State statues and regulations

3.      Examples of past performance on similar projects

4.      Experience on design projects to be part of an existing campus context

5.      Adequate staff and proposed consultant team - qualifications and examples of previous collaborations

6.      Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) representation in proposed consultant team

7.      Current workload and State projects awarded

8.      Proposed planning/design approach or methodology

9.      Recent experience with project cost estimates and schedule adherence

10.  Construction administration capabilities

11.      Record of successfully completed projects on time and within budget, without major legal or technical problems.

Designer Selection Process:  Following the receipt of proposals, a University Interview Committee will shortlist, interview and make a recommendation of selection to the University Board of Trustees.

Questions/Proposal Submittal:  All questions and project submittals are to be directed to:

Harold Miller, Project Manager

Facilities Management- Planning and Construction

Fayetteville State University 

Fayetteville North Carolina 28301 


Lyons Science Comprehensive Renovation Project Presentation

A non-mandatory pre-submittal conference will be held at 10:00 AM at the Lyons Science Building, in the Planetarium.

Parking will be available in lots Y and Z:  See Appendix B for permits to be printed.  

Rudolph Cardenas, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ
Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management 


Appendix A

The three-story building houses several departments: chemistry, geology and GIS lab, biology, geography, history and government.   There is a planetarium, a microprobe suite, a nano materials lab as well as an observatory located in this facility. The renovation will upgrade technology, equipment and furnishings in all of these areas as well as re-purposing of space to meet current program needs.

  The nano lab, spectroscopy lab, planetarium, and wet labs will be upgraded to meet best design practices to function efficiently, enhance space utilization and meet safety standards. The renovation will provide support for new academic programs as well as space for student science organizations, a student lounge complete with library extension services, group study halls with state of the art technology, and a learning center. The Planetarium currently reaches about 3000 visitors a year, many of whom are elementary school students. Renovations will expand the Planetarium into a science center, with an aquarium, designated space for permanent science exhibits, and a room set up for classroom-style demonstrations and interactive activities. These renovations will also enhance the Planetarium itself. Replacement of the 35-year-old seats and flooring is planned as well as modifications to the electrical and projection systems. The Observatory on the roof has a 16-inch telescope and dome that was installed in 1982.  Access to the Observatory requires going up a very steep stairway/ladder, and the Observatory only accommodates about 10 people at a time. The dome and dome slit are old and balky and move with difficulty.  The observatory itself will be expanded to safely accommodate more people. The roof is also valuable for astronomy viewing events featuring smaller telescopes so a viewing deck with railings will be installed. A telescope with CCD (digital camera) capabilities will be installed, and a video feed delivered to the Planetarium.   Classrooms and labs will be upgraded to offer a hands-on learning experiences enhanced by technology. The greenhouse used as a lab will be relocated to a more appropriate area of campus to take advantage of a more natural surroundings and environment. The current greenhouse location will be repurposed to accommodate animal studies.

Appendix B

To print parking permit, please click link: Parking Permit

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