The Hudson County Improvement Authority (the “Authority”) has been designated by the City of Jersey City (the “City”) as the redevelopment entity under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq, (the “Redevelopment Law”) for a project that has been undertaken by the County of Hudson, (the “County”) to construct a new courthouse facility dedicated as the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex (the “Complex”). The Complex will include new Superior Court facilities, parking, county administrative offices and related amenities, consistent with the City’s Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan and will be built on certain properties in the City, owned by the County, which have been designated as an “area in need of redevelopment”, in accordance with the Redevelopment Law (the “Project”).

The Authority is seeking to engage the services of a Design-Build Team to provide certain design consultant and general contracting for the Construction of the Complex.

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The Design-Build Process involves a two-phase approach for the selection of the Design-Build Team for the Project. The first phase in the Process involves the public advertisement and issuance of this Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”), which describes the Project, outlines the scope of work involved and requests information concerning the qualifications, experience and the organization structure of the Respondent’s proposed Design-Build team.

The Respondent’s Qualifications Proposal will be reviewed and evaluated by members of a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will identify and select a “short list” of no more than four (4) Respondents to compete for a Design-Build contract for the Project, based on the Selection Committee’s review and evaluation of the Qualifications Proposals which are judged most advantageous to the Authority in terms of qualifications other than price. The Respondents selected for the short list will be invited to participate in the second phase of the selection process. The short list will be published on the Authority’s website at and all Respondents that submitted a Qualifications Proposal will be notified in writing of the Respondents selected for the short list. No member of the Selection Committee or any member of the Authority’s Bridge Document Team may be part of the Respondent’s Design-Build Team.

The second phase in the selection process involves the issuance of a Request for Proposals (“RFP”), to the short list of Respondents.  The RFP describes the procurement process and forms the basis for the Design-Build proposals. The RFP shall require the submission of a proposal in two separate parts: a Technical Proposal and a Price Proposal. The Technical and Price Proposals shall be evaluated separately, in accordance with the evaluation factors and process set forth in the RFP. The Design-Build proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the Selection Committee. The Technical evaluation factors to be utilized in the selection process will include the following: the Respondent’s experience on projects of similar size, cost and/or complexity; the Respondent’s design consultant’s experience on projects of similar size, cost and/or complexity; the Respondent’s demonstrated prior affirmative action experience; the Respondent’s overall approach and methodology for executing the Project; the Respondent’s approach to schedule; the Respondent’s approach to LEED requirements; and the Respondent’s interview. The Respondent with the highest overall score may be recommended to the Authority by the Selection Committee for an award of the Design-Build contract. If the recommendation is approved by the Authority, the Authority will notify the successful Design-Builder. The Authority has no obligation to make an award and reserves the right to waive any non-material defects, reject any and all submissions for any reason and to terminate the selection process at any time.

The RFQ package is available on the HCIA’s website at Any Questions concerning the RFQ package should be directed to the Authority’s special counsel, Leslie G. London, Esq. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Respondents must submit ten (10) copies and two electronic/disk copies of its RFQ Qualifications proposal no later than 2:00 p.m. on December 20, 2019 to:


830 BERGEN AVENUE – 9th Floor


ATTENTION: Norman M. Guerra, Chief Executive Officer

PROJECT: Construction of Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex


Important Note: Faxed or emailed RFQ Qualifications Proposals will not be accepted. RFQ Qualifications Proposals received after the above cited date and time will be returned unopened.

Date Issued: November 15, 2019