New RFP Released for Downtown Wayfinding Master Plan

New RFP Released for Downtown Wayfinding Master Plan


The Downtown Albany BID & partners are seeking an innovative consultant to create a Wayfinding Master Plan for the Central Business District.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), with the assistance of its project partners, the Albany Parking Authority (APA) and members of Albany’s Cultural Heritage & Tourism Partnership, is seeking an innovative consultant to create a Wayfinding Master Plan for Albany’s central business district. 

Click here to view/download the RFP.

With the growth in a new residential base, the $20 million investment at the Times Union Center, and the opening last year of both the 80,000 sq. ft. Capital Center and the Renaissance Hotel, it is now more critical than ever to develop a comprehensive plan to move people through Downtown’s core in a branded, vibrant, active, and meaningful way.

The Master Plan must:

1) craft and present a clear vision for downtown Albany’s directional signage for multiple modes of transportation;

2) develop treatments of portals into the city; and

3) provide concepts for interpretive/placemaking signs for the historical and cultural assets in downtown Albany.

The results of the Master Plan will be used to apply for a grant through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application as part of the Regional Economic Development Councils in late July 2018.  State funds are awarded each year in December.  Should the BID receive the grant, the monies would be used for final design work and implementation. 

Click here to view/download the RFP.

Follow up to the pre-bid conference call: 

1) View the 'Signs of Greatness' cultural heritage interpretive signage implemented in 2016: https://www.behance.net/gallery/44362513/Signs-of-Greatness-Albany-Stories

2) Read the background on the cultural and tourism focus for Downtown: Click here to view/download as a PDF.