Request for Proposals: Signature Landscaping Element


The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking a landscape architect to design a signature element for use in landscaping the public space. This signature element will define, enliven, and beautify the public realm in the DowntownDC BID area 

Once installed, the signature element will be a noticeable and appealing addition to the public realm. It will identify the neighborhood and improve the experience of those passing through it. Additionally, it will have seasonality, providing a visible impact on the aesthetics of the DowntownDC BID area in all seasons. 

Project Boundaries:

This project will establish a signature landscaping element for public space throughout the area within the BID boundaries. Specifically, these boundaries are 16th Street to the west, North Capitol Street to the east, Constitution Avenue to the south, and Massachusetts Avenue to the north.  

Scope of Work:

The selected firm will work with the BID to propose, refine, and select this new signature element for the DowntownDC BID area. The project will kick-off in February 2021 and should take no longer than six weeks to be completed. The proposed scope of work is detailed below. 

TASK 1 – Research and Goal Setting

The selected firm will meet with the BID to gain a deeper understanding of the area, set agreed upon goals for the project, and finalize project timeline. They will also conduct a thorough review of the public realm in the DowntownDC BID area, inclusive of existing plantings, significant aesthetic featuresand inspirational local character. These findings will be presented to the BID for feedback and input. 

TASK 2 – Concept Development/Selection 

A minimum of three potential concepts for a signature element will be presented to the BID for review. Proposed concepts will include details on cost and maintenance. Concepts will be sent at least two days in advance of a meeting with BID staff at which comments will be shared.  

The selected consultant will use this feedback to arrive at a revised concept for review by the BID. A second round of input will occur, after which a final concept will be selected by all parties.   

TASK 3 – Installation Oversight 

Upon completion of the concept, the selected firm will provide assistance and expertise to the BID in the oversight of the appropriate selection and installation of all materials associated with the signature element.  


BID staff conducts landscaping work throughout the BID area on a regular basis. Typically, seasonal plantings have relied on perennials where possible and included a variety of colorful plants to create lush vegetation. Plants used are typically heat and drought resistant. Designs will need to take into consideration and attempt to mitigate maintenance needs, particularly mulching, weeding, watering, and pest control.   


Please provide your response to this RFP to Galin Brooks, Director of Planning and Placemaking at Responses are due by close of business on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 and should include the following:

  • Letter of intent explaining how your work and qualifications are particularly well suited to this project (one page maximum)   
  • Brief biography of firm (one page maximum) 
  • Summary of your proposed team structure for this engagement 
  • Up to five images that show examples of related work and demonstrate capacity to fulfill the purpose of this project  
  • Proposalproject timeline, and estimated budget  
  • Resumes of project team members (not to exceed two pages per team member) 
  • Three professional references 
Vendor Diversity:

DowntownDC BID is committed to maintaining a diverse supplier and vendor base and building relationships with suppliers and vendors that reflect the diversity of the District of Columbia, DowntownDC BID, its clients and its communities.  Vendors are required to demonstrate that ownership/leadership, and personnel working on this engagement reflect the BID’s diversity objectives especially racial and gender diversity.