The SSA Group issues RFP for Architectural Engineering and Interior Design Services

Project: Smok’t – North American Restaurant
Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, North America Exhibit
Client: The SSA Group in partnership with Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Request for Proposal: Architectural Engineering and Interior Design Services

Scope of Work:

  1. Conceptual Design: Development of design concept and layouts, including 3D renderings.
    Schematic Design: Detailed floor plans, elevations, sections, kitchen equipment layouts, and material coordination.
  2. Design Development: Detailed design coordination, including plans, schedules, finishes, and equipment lists.
  3. Construction Documents: Final design details for construction and permit applications.
  4. Construction Administration: Coordination with contractors, review of shop drawings, RFI answers, and site visits.

Restaurant Vision:

Smok’t aims to provide a world-class guest experience, uniquely positioned next to the sea otter exhibit.
Design must integrate steel frame and glass walls to merge indoor and outdoor spaces effectively.
Building size: Approximately 5000 sq ft, accommodating 200 indoor dining seats plus 200 outdoor seats.
Proposal Requirements:

  • Introduction of the firm, including history and relevant experience.
  • Clear understanding of project objectives and proposed approach.
  • Detailed scope of work, timelines, and project team.
  • Resumes of project team members.
  • At least three references.
  • Detailed fee proposal, including all costs and any additional services.
  • Design and project management process overview.
  • Estimated timeline with key milestones and deliverables.

Additional Requirements:

  • 10% of the fee structure must involve a local firm.
  • 10% of the fee structure must be with a minority-owned firm.
  • Coordination with FG Schaeffer (kitchen design) and PGAV (architect of record).
  • Coordination with Bayes Building Group (construction management).

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Understanding of project requirements and objectives.Firm and team qualifications and experience.
  • Proposed project approach, methodology, timeline, and deliverables.
  • Fee proposal assessment.

Bid Submission Deadline: December 1st
Submission Contact: Nick Rado, Email:
Inquiries Contact: Phone: 937-219-3227 or Email:

Note: Proposals must be comprehensive, demonstrating an understanding of the vision and objectives, and showcasing the ability to deliver a modern, functional, and enjoyable environment for Smok’t restaurant.