The City of Tacoma maintains two rosters of Architectural and Engineering (A&E) firms (as defined by RCW 39.80). They are:
- Local Agency Guidelines (LAG) Roster - This roster is undergoing a review and update. Contract awards resulting from this roster are on hold until updates are complete.
This roster is for projects that include state or federal funding that requires use of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) LAG. The LAG Manual provides policies and standards for local agencies to follow when using Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds for transportation projects.
- Non-Local Agency Guidelines (Non-LAG) Roster
Roster for projects that do not require use of WSDOT LAG.
The A&E rosters are used to select firms* and consultants based on qualifications for projects or jobs on an as-needed basis. At the City’s option, the City may also issue Requests for Qualifications for large/complex projects or jobs that require specialized services. Inclusion on a City of Tacoma A&E Roster is not a guarantee or promise that a contract will be awarded.
Scope of Services
The scope of services shall be based upon specific project requirements. Selected architectural/engineering firms shall be required to:
- Work closely with City staff on all phases of a project
- Provide a certificate of insurance meeting the requirements and/or any special requirements of a particular project
Selection of Firms
Firms will be selected for projects based on their qualifications and ability to meet the requirements of the City. The firm found best qualified earns the opportunity to begin contract negotiations. Selected firm(s) will be required to enter into a professional services contract with the City of Tacoma.
How to Register and Apply
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Apply for the Architectural and Engineering (A&E) Services Roster(s)
(To apply for this roster, applicants must first be registered as a City of Tacoma supplier.)
When submitting your information for the A&E LAG roster all proposers must provide documentation from WSDOT or another accepted governmental agency documenting review of the indirect cost rate for the current fiscal year (Current Audited Rates). Before submitting, please black out your overhead rate on your copy of the last audited approval letter.
*The A&E roster is restricted by RCW to engineers, architects, landscape architects and land surveyors, and cannot be used for construction, maintenance or repair services, biological surveys, archeological digs, financial consulting, etc. Reference these RCW chapters for definitions: Architects (RCW 18.08), engineers and land surveyors (RCW 18.43), and landscape architects (RCW18.96).