Washington, D.C. – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), soliciting responses from institutions and other parties interested in hosting President Obama’s future Presidential Library.
The Foundation envisions a library that reflects President Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service, including expanding economic opportunity, inspiring an ethic of American citizenship, and promoting peace, justice, and dignity throughout the world. The Foundation is also seeking to build a facility that will cultivate a strong relationship with the surrounding community and be an anchor for economic development.
The RFQ released today asks interested organizations and institutions to provide initial information about how their proposal will fulfill the guiding principles of the future library. The RFQ also solicits logistical, financial, and organizational information from interested parties – including site details, transportation access, and community information – to demonstrate a capacity to successfully build and maintain a future presidential library.
The RFQ is available on the Foundation’s website, here Opens in a new tab, and an appendix detailing the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) architectural and design standards is here Opens in a new tab.
“Our goal is to build a library of which the whole country, and hopefully the whole world, can be proud,” said Martin Nesbitt. “Our vision is to create a space that reflects President Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service and serves as force for good in the surrounding community and throughout our world.”
Responses to the RFQ are requested to be submitted by June 16, 2014. This summer, the Foundation will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the most competitive applicants, requesting comprehensive proposals for evaluation. The Foundation expects to reach a decision and select a site in early 2015.