Doc # 159174 / Ver. 2
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
DSK Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Church
31,600 Square Foot Multi-Purpose Building
The Re'ese Adbarat Debre Selam Kidist Mariam, The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewhado Religion Church, Inc. (“DSK Miriam Church” or “Church”) is issuing this Request for Expression of Interest to build a 31,600 square foot multi-purpose building at the corner of Arkansas and Allison Streets in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The Church currently owns the land where the multi-purpose building will be located and has completed final sets of drawings (Construction Document) for a 3 story, 31,600 square foot multi-purpose building. The drawings for the multi-purpose building have been submitted to DCRA, and a building permit is in hand. The financial aspects of this project are more fully described below in Item C; however, the Church has already raised $3.5 million, which represents more than one-third of the estimated cost of the multi-purpose building. These funds are on hand in a segregated account, and the Church is in discussions with lenders for the balance of the construction financing.
The Church intends to select its builder through a two-step process. During the first phase of the process, construction companies are invited to review the plans for the proposed project and to submit their qualifications to undertake such a project. Initial proposals should focus on a firm’s qualifications and interest in undertaking this project. Expressions of interest are due by the close of business on March 12, 2014 to the Church’s development consultant and to the Church’s Construction Executive Committee at the following address:
Thomas D. Bridenbaugh
Leftwich & Ludaway, LLC
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Facsimile: (202) 738-2470
Telephone: (202) 434-9108
Mr. Shemeles Arega
1350 Buchanan St., NW
Washington, DC 20011
Facimile: (202) 726-4056
Tel. (202) 726-4115
Proposals may be submitted by mail, hand delivery or overnight express. Proposals may also be submitted by electronic mail. Please do not submit proposals by facsimile.
Initial proposals should include a brief overview of your company (standard, off-the-shelf marketing materials should be more than adequate for this purpose) and an indication of the key personnel that would be assigned to this project. Any observations or suggestions about the project would also be appreciated. The Church intends to shortlist 3 to 5 firms from the proposals that are received. These shortlisted firms will be invited to participate in a formal request for proposal process. It is contemplated that the shortlist will be announced and the second phase of this process will begin in the beginning of April 2014. Firms that are invited to participate in the second phase will be requested to submit preliminary pricing and business proposals that will form the basis for a definitive construction contract for this project.
In general, however, the Church intends to engage the builder for the multi-purpose building on a Construction Manager at Risk basis with a negotiated GMP.
Questions with regard to this procurement should be directed to Mr. Bridenbaugh at the address and contact information listed above.
The Church was founded in 1987 and is one of the largest Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Washington metropolitan area. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the laws of the District of Columbia and has been certified as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service. It currently has a congregation of more than 1,000 active registered members.
On an average Sunday, approximately 1,500 individuals will attend religious services at the Church, and during special religious observances, attendance swells to several thousand people. The Church currently uses a renovated/reclaimed garage at the corner of Fourteenth and Buchanan Streets for its services. This building was acquired from Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in 1997. The cost of acquiring the land and the garage as well as associated renovation costs were fully retired in 2009; both land and the building are owned by the Church free and clear and are not encumbered by any debt. In addition to the site at Fourteenth and Buchanan, the Church owns a number of residential properties that are not implicated by the proposed project.
The Church is overseen by a 13 member Board of Trustees. The Trustees are elected by the Churches congregation every 2 years. The Board of Trustees has appointed a Project Executive Committee to oversee the development project. The Project Executive Committee consists of 3 members: (i) Shemeles Arega, who currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, (ii) Dr. Essayas Ababu, who is an architect by training, and (iii) Zenash Tadesse, a licensed C.P.A. who oversees most of the Church’s financial affairs. (Resumes of these individuals are attached at Tab1.) The Church has recently engaged McKissack & McKissack to serve as an owner’s representative to assist in the development of this project as well as our firm to provide development advisory and related legal services.
The Church currently holds it religious services in a reclaimed garage that is out-of-step with the Church and its congregation and is in urgent need of replacement facility. (An aerial image of the site is attached at Tab2.) In essence, the site occupies a rectangular parcel bounded by Fourteenth Street to the West, Buchanan Street to the North, Arkansas Avenue to the East and Allison Street to the South. The southeast corner of the site is currently un-occupied, and the multi-purpose building will be constructed on that land. As such, it will not be necessary to relocate the existing building, and a complicated swing-plan is not envisioned. Admittedly, the site is somewhat compact, and it may be necessary to use the parking lot on the North West corner of the site (which is currently used by the congregation) as a lay-down area.
Drawings that show the proposed lay-out of the multi-purpose building are attached at Tab 3, and a full set of the drawings can be found on our BoxNet site at Google-Drive. In general, however, the facility is contemplated as a 3-story 31,600 square foot multi-purpose building laid out as follows:
Basement Level with storage, classrooms, and offices;
Ground Level with a cafeteria and commercial kitchen;
First Floor with flexible space for offices, conference rooms, etc.; and
Second Floor with a Multi-Purpose hall
While the multi-purpose building is envisioned as part of the larger vision of the new assemblage, it has been designed and permitted as a separate, stand-alone building.
The Church is fully aware that a project like this does not happen by faith alone and that a fully funded, realistic budget is necessary to this project to succeed. Toward that end, the Church has been working diligently to put in place the necessary financial resources. As of January 31, 2014, the Church has raised and is holding in a segregated account $3,502,529 for this project, which represents roughly 30% to 40% of the project budget. (Copies of Church’s audited financial statement for the year ending December 31, 2012, and a current bank statement for the building fund are attached at Tab4.) The Church plans to raise the balance of the funds from a construction lender and is currently in conversations with 3 different financial institutions in order to obtain the best financing option. These discussions are ongoing, however, Eagle Bank has expressed a willingness to provide up to $7 million in financing to support this effort. (A copy of the term sheet is attached at Tab 4.)
Tab 1 – Development Team Members
Tab 2 – Aerial Image
Tab 3 – Preliminary Drawings
Tab 4 – Financial Information
Tab 5 – Preliminary Outline Schedule