Contact Information

For additional information on the project, please contact:  Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, Professional Practice Manager


Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM EST January 15, 2014


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is seeking a landscape architecture firm to serve as lead consultant for the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems and proven technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public. Submission is open to international and national firms.

The project area is located in an area of the nation’s capital developed in the 1800s. Nestled within L’Enfant’s original plans for D.C., the project area is located within the Chinatown neighborhood, which has a rich and varied history. Today the neighborhood is a bustling urban area that faces significant issues related to combined sewer overflows and a degraded watershed. The project area spans the divide between the Potomac and Anacostia watersheds, providing a unique educational opportunity to incorporate a deeper understanding of the city’s hydrology. This project extends the length of I Street between 9th and 6th streets, including several blocks north and south of I Street. As an underdeveloped and underused corridor, 8th Street is an opportunity for significant green enhancements. This project will be implemented in phases. It is anticipated that the first stage of the construction will focus on I Street, including the right-of-way at ASLA headquarters, located at 636 I Street.

Fig. 1: Project Extent

A two-day design charrette for this project was hosted by ASLA President Tom Tavella, FASLA, with stakeholders and District agencies in late 2012. The goal of this charrette, and the resulting concept design, was to demonstrate the value of green infrastructure/low-impact development (LID) in the Chinatown neighborhood. The drawings generated during the event are meant only to serve as a starting point for further conceptual development. They are based on generalized information gathered for the site; issues that may limit the design such as underground utility locations, compliance with existing plans, and State Historic Preservation Office design guidelines were not considered.

ASLA Prospectus based on the concepts generated at the initial 2012 charrette.

General Project Parameters

Submittal Requirements

All submittals must be posted no later than January 15, 2014, at 5:00 PM EST. Submittal must be in PDF format, not exceed 14 8½-by-11 inch pages, and under 10MB.

Résumés, a cover page, table of contents, and / or divider pages will not be included in the 14 page limit.

In order for your submission to be considered complete, the qualification package PDF must include:

Submittal Process

Step 1 – Identify the design team's main contact person via the SUBMIT button located at the top of this page.

Step 2 – Email your qualification package PDF to RFQ@asla.org.

Selection Evaluation and Procedures

Qualification will be evaluated by ASLA-designated selection committee. The committee will designate a short list of firms who demonstrate the qualifications that best meet the following criteria:

ASLA will only consider firms that meet satisfactory levels of the above criteria. Acceptance of the submission does not imply that every element of the submission has been accepted. ASLA cannot consider any submission that does not comply with stated requirements.

ASLA will schedule interviews with short-listed firms selected on their qualifications. The finalist will be selected from the short list of qualified firms. Contract terms will be negotiated during the final selection process.

Selection Policies

ASLA reserves the right to postpone or cancel this RFQ or reject any application. While ASLA anticipates holding selected interviews, submitters are advised that ASLA has the option, of selecting without conducting interviews. Therefore, submitters are advised to submit the best and most thorough package initially. ASLA is not liable for any costs incurred by submitter in the preparation of submittal package. Late submissions and late modifications will not be considered for evaluation. Submitters may withdraw their qualifications from consideration at any time before deadline. All submission materials become property of ASLA.


  • RFQ Release Date: November 15, 2013
  • Qualifications Due: January 15, 2014, at 5:00 PM EST
  • Anticipated Date of Short List Announcement: January 31, 2014
  • Anticipated Date of Interviews: last two weeks of February 2014

Contact Information

For additional information on the project, please contact:&npsb; Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, Professional Practice Manager

  • (e) RFQ@asla.org
  • (o) 202-216-2327