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Opportunities: SOQ Request for Raleigh, N.C., Downtown Plan

ASLA’s Opportunities and Events page provides users with the latest information on everything from conferences and meetings to calls for papers, requests for qualifications, consulting opportunities, and competitions. Below, an ambitious call for qualifications.

The City of Raleigh, North Carolina’s Planning Department (DCP), Urban Design Center (UDC), and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) invite multidisciplinary teams to submit qualifications in the form of a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) to provide professional services in the areas of downtown planning, urban planning and design, public realm design, infrastructure, vehicular circulation, transit and pedestrian circulation, and economic analysis for an update to the Downtown Plan.

The professional services that may be required to undertake this project include, but are not limited to: downtown planning, urban design and planning (prime firm); landscape architecture; transportation planning, civil engineering; economic and market analysis; public art and community engagement; rendering/illustrating/digital modeling, and cost estimation. Responses should demonstrate the team’s overall qualifications to fulfill the requirements of the scope along with the following:


  • project understanding
  • summary of team organization
  • approach to scope of work, including deliverables.


The approach should be responsive to the items presented in this RFQ but can be enhanced where it can be shown that doing so benefits the project, including an approach to public involvement and the participation of Raleigh City Council, Interdepartmental Working Group, and the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

The top priority for the Downtown Plan Update is clear, achievable action items that catalyze a continued transformation of Raleigh’s center city. Transformation began under the previous Downtown Plan with projects including the opening of Fayetteville Street and building the Raleigh Convention Center. Other big ideas that came to fruition were improvements to the pedestrian environment, development regulatory reform, and establishing a management structure. Raleigh is more than ever known for its high quality of life, character, amenities, creativity, jobs, and education. Businesses, residents, and visitors flock to downtown. The next set of priority projects may look at identifying infill development opportunities and implementation strategies, along with action items to create connections among the downtown districts, to outlying areas, and along the hard edges of the Downtown area as explored in the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

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