Team Selection Process
Changing Course’s team selection process was highly competitive and subject to extensive review by the Leadership and Technical Teams. In September 2013 Changing Course’s Leadership Team released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), seeking multidisciplinary design teams interested in participating in the ambitious design competition. The response to the RFQ from firms from Louisiana, the United States and abroad was outstanding. Twenty one teams submitted, bridging strong regional expertise with innovative ideas from Deltas around the world. Teams included a vast array of expertise, including the top engineering firms in the world, oyster specialists, landscape architects, navigation experts and much more.
Eight teams were selected to move forward to the Request for Proposals Phase. In early January 2014 those teams gathered at the Port of New Orleans for two days of interviews and dialogue with a wide range of regional and local experts.
During the event teams presented their capacities and made a case for their participation moving forward. Teams also heard from Louisiana experts on the issues they must address in the competition, including the Lower Mississippi River Delta’s communities and culture, the needs of the shipping industry (including navigation and ports) and regional fisheries. Additionally, teams were briefed by scientists on building with sediment and updated by both the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on their projects, plans and studies now underway.
At the end of March 2014 the eight teams submitted additional information to Changing Course’s Leadership Team. That information, coupled with the interviews, formed the basis for the final selection of the three teams moving forward to the competition’s first phase.