DEsign TEAM FAQ


The questions below came up during or after the discussions at our Sneak Peek events earlier this month. This is the most up to date information we have at the moment and we are providing this to assist potential teams in planning. However, please understand that we are still developing the final materials. We will be adding to this list in the coming weeks, please email questions to info@resilientbayarea.org

 

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CAN ONE FIRM OR ONE INDIVIDUAL BE ON MULTIPLE TEAMS? ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS MORE GENERALLY FOR A COLLABORATION OF TEAMS?

One individual cannot serve on multiple teams. Individuals from the same firm can serve on different teams, with the establishment of a firewall. The need to accurately reflect the strength of team compositions for the jury evaluation of proposals is important. It would be difficult to assess a team's ability to execute their conceptual approach if there is uncertainty about who will be represented on the final team.

IS IT REQUIRED TO HAVE COMPLETED TEAMS FINALIZED BY THE RFQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE?

The makeup of the design team is a key component of the selection process and should be developed carefully while preparing the response to the RFQ. If during the Research or Design Phase, a team identified a member they would like to add, that can be done with approval from Resilient by Design.

ARE DESIGN TEAMS ABLE TO CHOOSE WHICH SITES THEY ARE MATCHED WITH?

Design Teams will respond to the RFQ outlining their approach to resilience, but not specific site locations. After participation in the Collaborative Research Phase, the Design Teams will propose 3-5 design opportunities they feel like they are best qualified to address, and will be matched with a specific design opportunity to address in the Collaborative Design Phase.

WHAT TECHNICAL EXPERTISE WILL BE PROVIDED TO TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE CHALLENGE?

We are currently putting together a Research Advisory Committee made up of a diverse array of experts in economic vulnerability, housing, transportation systems, marine science, etc. Teams will be provided an initial briefing including data layers surrounding expected flood patterns, the typology of the shoreline, and resident demographics. Teams will also be given access to existing planning documents and have face time will government localities.

 WHAT DATE WILL THE TEN TEAMS BE SELECTED?

Our goal is to have the ten teams selected by early August in order to have about a month before the Collaborative Research Phase begins.

DOES EVERYONE FROM THE DESIGN TEAM HAVE TO BE LOCAL?

At least one member of the Design Team must reside in the Bay Area.

WILL TEAMS RECEIVE FUNDING TO PARTICIPATE?

Design Teams will receive $100,000 upon successful completion of the Collaborative Research Phase, and $150,000 upon successful completion of the Collaborative Design Phase.

CAN A CITY AGENCY OR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE BE ON A TEAM?

Local city officials and employees cannot participate on a Design Team but will be active participants in the process. The can submit ideas for sites, and meet with teams to share the challenges and constraints they are facing and ideas and inspiration they have.

WILL THE RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE BE AVAILABLE TO DESIGN TEAMS FOR CONSULTING THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS?

Throughout the Collaborative Design Phase, Design Teams will have access to the Research Advisory Committee as well as elected officials, community members, and other resources such as climate models, data, etc. However, Committee members should not be considered substitutes for expertise on your team, as their ability to advise individual teams will be limited.

HOW ARE DESIGN TEAMS SELECTED?

An international jury will select the Design Teams to participate in the Challenge. The selection will be based on the team’s experience and on their approach as described in the response to the RFQ.

ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES OR STAGES IN WHICH LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN GET INVOLVED OR HELP SHAPE THE PROCESS AND OUTCOME?

Local community members are key partners in this effort, and will be involved in suggesting sites for review in the Collaborative Research Phase, designing and participating tours and events in that phase, and working closely with Design Teams once the final design opportunities are chosen.

WILL ANY TEAMS BE CUT AFTER RESEARCH ADVISORY STAGE?

Teams will only get cut after the Collaborative Research Phase if they do not meet the expectations of the Challenge.

ARE THERE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS?

We expect teams will have a variety of experience levels, and the jury will look to the thoroughness and creativity of the RFQ response in selecting teams. More information will be provided on May 31st.

CAN SITES OPEN COAST OF THE BAY AREA BE PART OF THIS CHALLENGE?

This Challenge does not cover the open coast.

CAN TEAMS FROM REBUILD BY DESIGN PARTICIPATE IN RESILIENT BY DESIGN?

Any team can participate in this Challenge, with a minimum of one local firm.

IS THERE A PORTION OF THE FUNDING THAT HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WINNING DESIGNS?

Resilient by Design does not have dedicated funding for implementation of winning designs. Staff will work closely with Design Teams, local governments and community members to build support, momentum and a viable funding plan for each design.