Request for Proposals for the Northwest Electric Vehicle Showcase: Design/Build Services and Marketing & Communications

Drive Oregon is establishing a Northwest Electric Vehicle Showcase space in downtown Portland. The space is a permanent storefront to showcase electric vehicles and charging equipment geared to a consumer audience. This will be adjacent to the city’s Electric Avenue, a hub of charging stations installed and operated by Portland General Electric. Staffed by knowledgeable brand-neutral experts, this showcase will offer ride and drives, long-term electric vehicle rentals, and an active schedule of public events where visitors can experience a variety of vehicles and charging stations in “real-world” conditions.

Drive Oregon is accepting RFPs for Design/Build and Marketing and Communications. Both RFPs are due on January 18, 2017.

Design/Build Services

This RFP seeks proposals for Design/Build services for the interior of approximately 852 square feet of vacant retail space for Drive Oregon’s Northwest EV Showcase space at the World Trade Center (WTC)- 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland. This space will serve as a centrally located destination for public outreach regarding electric vehicles- providing interactive exhibit space, limited workspace and storage for Drive Oregon, partner auto dealers and affiliated volunteers. The proposer will work closely with Drive Oregon’s primary marketing and branding consultant to be selected in a separate RFP. Drive Oregon is seeking a proposal that includes a low/medium/high proposal for outfitting the space- in other words least cost, mid-range cost and high-cost options. Drive Oregon seeks to open the space by May 1, 2017. Selected proposals should include any required permitting costs with the City of Portland.

The Design/build firm will provide the following services:

  • Design tenant improvements to space that are consistent with NW EV Showcase branding and themes working closely with Drive Oregon and its other consultants
  • Obtain any permits required by the city of Portland
  • Construct/install/fabricate improvements and displays for the space
  • Regular site observations of the contractor and subcontractors during the construction phase, and sign off on construction drawings to assure that scheduled payments are made, with appropriate holdbacks, when predetermined work has been completed
  • Final sign-off on the project, assuring that the final project represents what was originally conceptualized and captured in the working drawings.
  • Some work on the space will be completed by the landlord- including HVAC upgrades, ceiling upgrades and additional walls to divide the space. These items are excluded from the RFP

For more information, view the Design/Build RFP.

Marketing & Communications

This RFP seeks proposals for Marketing and Communications services for the interior of approximately 852 square feet of vacant retail space for Drive Oregon’s Northwest EV Showcase space at the World Trade Center. This space will serve as a centrally located destination for public outreach regarding electric vehicles- providing interactive exhibit space, limited workspace and storage for Drive Oregon, partner auto dealers and affiliated volunteers. The proposer will work closely with Drive Oregon’s construction and fabrication contractor selected in a separate RFP. Drive Oregon is seeking a proposal that includes a low/medium/high proposal for the development of a Marketing strategy- in other words least cost, mid-range cost and high-cost options. Drive Oregon seeks to open the space by May 1, 2017. Selected proposals should include any required permitting costs with the City of Portland.

The Marketing and Communications firm will provide the following services:

  • Recommend and direct marketing and communications strategies
  • Design and develop narrative/story lines for exhibits in retail space
  • Ensure proper installation of exhibits and interactive marketing components
  • Provide a range of low-, medium- and high-cost installations

For more information, view the Marketing & Communications RFP.

Questions? Contact Zach Henkin, Program Director, at 503.724.8670 and zach@driveoregon.org.