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Public Notice RFQ


Request for Qualifications – City of Truro, Iowa


Project Goal:

The City of Truro needs the services of a qualified architectural firm to prepare the full range of documents and facilitate the design and construction process for the City’s proposed Downtown Revitalization Program (DTR) grant.


Scope of Work:

The RFQ seeks to identify the most qualified architectural firm or individual to engage in the entire DTR program.  The scope of work is roughly outlined in three phases:

  • Pre-Application Phase
  • Final Design Phase
  • Bid-letting and Construction Services


Submittal Requirements:

Please submit three bound hard copies of your proposal to the City of Truro at the following address by 3 PM, February 28, 2022:


City of Truro

120 E. Center Street, PO Box 186

Truro, Iowa  50257


Scoring Criteria:

The scoring committee will score each proposal based on the following five criteria. Each of them is weighted the same.

  • General qualifications of the firm and individuals likely to perform the project: 20 points
  • Design philosophy and ability to work with a small community such as Truro: 20 points
  • Recent DTR experience: 20 points
  • Recent experience with historic preservation and related projects: 20 points
  • Timeframe, engagement with partners, and understanding of the project expectations: 20 points


Post-submittal Expectations:

The City Council will review the committee recommendations and notify bidders of the next steps or results in March 2022. 


Contact Information:

Please contact Jeremy Rounds with the Southern Iowa Council of Governments at 641-782-8491 or rounds@sicog.com with any questions about the SOW, goals, or the process or to obtain a full RFQ with full submission instructions.  If you need to confirm receipt of the proposal by the City, contact city hall at 641-765-4586 or trurocityclerk@gmail.com

Section 3 language for procurement documents

(This language is to be included in all procurement documents/ solicitations)

  1. The work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (section 3). The purpose of section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance or HUD-assisted projects covered by section 3, shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low- and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.
  2. The parties to this contract agree to comply with HUD's regulations in 24 CFR part 135, which implement section 3. As evidenced by their execution of this contract, the parties to this contract certify that they are under no contractual or other impediment that would prevent them from complying with the part 135 regulations.
  3. The contractor agrees to send to each labor organization or representative of workers with which the contractor has a collective bargaining agreement or other understanding, if any, a notice advising the labor organization or workers' representative of the contractor's commitments under this section 3 clause, and will post copies of the notice in conspicuous places at the work site where both employees and applicants for training and employment positions can see the notice. The notice shall describe the section 3 preference, shall set forth minimum number and job titles subject to hire, availability of apprenticeship and training positions, the qualifications for each; and the name and location of the person(s) taking applications for each of the positions; and the anticipated date the work shall begin.
  4. The contractor agrees to include this section 3 clause in every subcontract subject to compliance with regulations in 24 CFR part 135, and agrees to take appropriate action, as provided in an applicable provision of the subcontract or in this section 3 clause, upon a finding that the subcontractor is in violation of the regulations in 24 CFR part 135. The contractor will not subcontract with any subcontractor where the contractor has notice or knowledge that the subcontractor has been found in violation of the regulations in 24 CFR part 135.
  5. The contractor will certify that any vacant employment positions, including training positions, that are filled (1) after the contractor is selected but before the contract is executed, and (2) with persons other than those to whom the regulations of 24 CFR part 135 require employment opportunities to be directed, were not filled to circumvent the contractor's obligations under 24 CFR part 135.
  6. Noncompliance with HUD's regulations in 24 CFR part 135 may result in sanctions, termination of this contract for default, and debarment or suspension from future HUD assisted contracts.
  7. With respect to work performed in connection with section 3 covered Indian housing assistance, section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450e) also applies to the work to be performed under this contract. Section 7(b) requires that to the greatest extent feasible (i) preference and opportunities for training and employment shall be given to Indians, and (ii) preference in the award of contracts and subcontracts shall be given to Indian organizations and Indian-owned Economic Enterprises. Parties to this contract that are subject to the provisions of section 3 and section 7(b) agree to comply with section 3 to the maximum extent feasible, but not in derogation of compliance with section 7(b).

Section 3 Businesses are encourage to respond to this proposal.  A Section 3 business is a business that is:

51% owned by Section 3 residents*

Whose permanent, full-time staff is comprised of at least 30% Section 3 residents*

Has committed 25% of the dollar amount of its subcontracts to Section 3 businesses

*A Section 3 resident is defined as a public housing resident or someone with a household income that is less than 80% of the area median income.

Businesses that believe they meet the Section 3 criteria are encouraged to register as a Section 3 Business through HUD’s website: https://portalapps.hud.gov/Sec3BusReg/BRegistry/RegisterBusiness