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Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Development Bureau 

The IDPR Development Department is in charge of all IDPR related building and maintenance projects; everything from campsite upgrades to the construction of new visitor centers.


IDPR Project No. 330521

Bruneau Dunes State Park – Observatory Repairs

Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation

Bruneau, Idaho


The State of Idaho, Department of Parks & Recreation, will receive informal bids for the above project at 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho until 2pm local time on May 11, 2021.


The work shall include all labor, materials and equipment required to remove current observatory rotational system to include, but not be limited to trench plates, angles, support arm(s), carrier wheels (casters), wheel/tire and drive assembly, electric motor, and all appurtenances. Install all materials, hardware and appurtenances required to allow observatory to rotate.


A mandatory Bid Walk on-site will be held April 27, 2021 at 10:30am.


Informal bids shall be based on provisions of §44-1001 and §44-1002, Idaho Code pertaining to the employment of Idaho residents, §72-1717, Idaho Code requiring an alcohol and drug-free workplace and pertaining to employment of person not authorized to work in the United States, including the imposition of monetary penalties. The Low Bidder, for purposes of this award, shall be the responsible and responsive bidder offering the low aggregate amount for the base bid item, plus any alternates selected by the Owner, and within funds available as determined by the Owner. Liquidated Damages will be assessed at $200 for each calendar day of delay at no fault of the Owner.


The contractor will be required to maintain Contractors Liability Insurance to include Workman’s Compensation (statutory), Employers Liability ($100,000 minimum) and Comprehensive General Liability (minimum of $500,000 combined single limits for bodily injury and property damage). A certificate of insurance will be required before signing of the contract.


All work is to be accomplished within forty five (45) consecutive calendar days from receipt of a Letter Contract and Notice to Proceed.  


All Contractors and Specialty Contractors must be registered with the Idaho Contractors Board for work over $2000. All Contractors and Specialty Contractors shall have an Idaho Public Works Contractors license as suitable for work over $50,000.


The Contractor agrees to pay all state sales and use taxes.


A performance bond and labor and materials payment bond each in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract amount will be required for work accomplished on this contract prior to the start of any work for projects valued over $50,000.


Plans, specifications, proposal forms and other information are available at:

  • Idaho Dept. of Parks & Recreation, 5657 Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID 83716 (208) 514-2451
  • Associated General Contractors, 1649 W. Shoreline Dr. Ste. 100, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 344-2531
  • ARC Document Solutions, 2700 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 342-4141
  • Blueprint Specialties, 6205 W. Overland Rd., Boise, ID 83709 (208) 377-0294
  • Spokane Regional Plan Center, 209 N. Havana, Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 328-9600

 Some of the major projects underway include:

  • Ponderosa: A $1.3 million package to improve safety, upgrade facilities and better manage the MeadowMarsh Forest began in September 2020 and will run through the winter, when visitor activity slows and the weather favors rehabilitation work. The construction work includes utility upgrades to the Aspen Loop in the Peninsula Campground, paving of the road to Osprey Point, and the repair of the Peninsula Boat Ramp. Details
  • Thousand Springs Visitors Center: Construction of a $2.5 million, 3,400-square-foot building started in late September and will last for a year. The project will unite Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation with the National Park Service, becoming a central location for Thousand Springs State Park and the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Details
  • Repairs and improvements totaling about $1.1 million is underway at four parks: Thousand Springs (Box Canyon); Priest Lake (Lionhead), Farragut (Eagle Cove Boat Launch), and Bear Lake (East Beach). Funding came from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and is intended to mitigate a record-breaking year for visitation — and use — of Idaho State Parks. Details

Design & Engineering

Heyburn State Park - Historic Lodge Rehabilitation

Submittals for Design Build Services will be received by the Department of Parks and Recreation, State of Idaho, at 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83716, beginning immediately, until Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm, local time, for IDPR Project No. 310816 Rocky Point Lodge Remodel, Heyburn State Park, Plummer, Idaho. 


A description of the work of this project can be summarized to include the rehabilitation of the historic lodge to reopen to public use. To include general maintenance, accessibility improvements, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical upgrades, and the installation of a sprinkler system at Heyburn State Park.


An informational meeting will be held on April 20, 2021 starting at 3pm at Rocky Point Lodge in Heyburn State Park. Builders and Designers intending to submit Qualifications Statements are encouraged to attend.


A written Request for Qualifications and other information are available at the Department of Parks and Recreation, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83716; Melanie Schuster, Project Manager, (208) 514-2469. Qualification statements will be judged by the following categories: Basic Qualifications, Specific Qualifications, Approach to Project, Past Performance and Special Qualifications.


All Contractors must have a Public Works Contractors License and a Design Professional who holds an Idaho Architectural and/or Engineering License at the time of submittal to this RFQ.

Project Budget: $600,000

Bruneau Dunes State Park - Observatory Project


In accordance with Idaho Code Section 67-5711C, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) requests Statements of Qualifications from specialty contractors interested in submitting bids for the construction of a new public observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park.  Only pre-qualified specialty contractors will be allowed to bid and construct a new Observatory as a subcontractor to a General Contractor. Anticipated procurement to begin in April 2022 and construction of the entire project must be complete no later than May 1, 2023.


RECEIPT OF STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS:  Statements of Qualifications will be received by IDPR until Thursday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m. local time. Statements of Qualifications will not be publicly opened and read.  IDPR will evaluate the Statements of Qualifications and will respond to each specialty contractor in accordance with the procedures described in the REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS.


OBTAINING REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS:  The REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS may be obtained on or after April 12th from the office of IDPR.


The REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS may be examined at the following locations:


Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Avenue
Boise, Idaho 83716


DESCRIPTION OF WORK:   The specialty contractors work shall consist of designing and constructing a new Observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park. It is intended the specialty contractor selected shall be a sub of an engineer during the design phase and a sub of a general contractor during the construction phase. Size and components of the Observatory are to be determined based on the needs of IDPR and project budget.


DELIVERY AND MARKING OF STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS:  The Statement of Qualifications shall be provided to IDPR and may be submitted electronically.  The electronic copy of the Statement of Qualifications shall be emailed to Development Bureau Administrative Assistant, attention Nadine Curtis, The Subject Block of the electronic submission shall bear the words, “Bruneau Dunes Observatory, Specialty Contractor SOQ” followed by the date and hour that the Statement of Qualifications is due.

PROJECT ADMINISTRATION:  All questions relative to this project prior to the receipt of statement of qualifications shall be directed to the Adam R. Zaragoza, Development Bureau Chief, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. for the project. Email: Phone: 208-590-8763.    

OWNER’S RIGHTS RESERVED: The OWNER reserves the right to waive any informalities if deemed in the best interest of the OWNER.

Upcoming Development Projects 2021/2022

The table below includes some of the projects planned for 2021, but is by no means all inclusive. For more information about upcoming projects contact the Development Bureau at

Design & Engineering Projects Request for Qualifications (Design) Anticipated Construction Date
Castle Rocks: New Vault Restroom
Summer 2021
Dworshak: Roadway Repairs at Boatramp
Fall 2021
Hells Gate: Marina Dock Replacement
Winter 2021/2022
Hells Gate: Repair & Resurface Trails
Summer 2021
Henrys Lake: Boat Launch Restroom Remodel
Fall 2021
Heyburn: Replace Chatcolet Restroom
Spring 2021
Fall 2021
Heyburn: Replace Lakeview Cottage
Spring 2021
Fall 2021
Lucky Peak: Pave Spring Shores Gravel Area
May 2021
Priest Lake: Dock Replacements
May 2021
Thousand Springs: Billingsley Creek Campground
Fall 2021
Thousand Springs: Re-Roof Ritter Island Barn
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
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