Request for Qualifications for the Alameda Carnegie Building

The City of Alameda has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to restore and lease the historic Alameda Carnegie Building, and, if desired, the ajacent Foster House.


Please click here to download the full RFQ.



The City of Alameda is seeking statements of qualifications from parties interested in restoring and leasing the historic Alameda Carnegie Library, and, if desired, the adjacent Foster House. Given the great civic, cultural and architectural importance of these structures, the City is seeking an end user that will:

  • provide cultural, educational, and/or economic benefits to the community;
  • restore and maintain the historic character of the building;
  • provide for public use of the building as frequently as possible; and
  • demonstrate the financial resources and experience necessary to complete the restoration and operate the facility.

The Carnegie Library may require an estimated $6 million in upgrades for occupancy, including: new electrical and interior lighting systems, a new heating system, fire sprinklers, more complete disabled access to the entire building, additional restrooms, and restoration or preservation of historic elements. The building is listed on the National Register of Historc Places.


The Foster House may require additional upgrades not included in this cost estimate.


The City may offer the preferred user substantial rent credits in exchange for restoration of the building and the provision of community benefits.


Please click here to download the full RFQ, which includes all relevant information.


Orientation & Carnegie Open Hours

The orientation will be held on November 5, 2018 at 6pm, in City Council Chambers (Alameda City Hall, 3rd Floor, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue). In addition, the Carnegie and Foster Buildings will be open for tours and inspection on November 5, 6 & 8 from 1-4pm.


Please click here to download the orientation sign up sheet.


Questions and RFQ Updates

  • Please submit all questions to Amanda Gehrke at The Question and Answer document will be updated with any new questions and answers on Thursday of each week, through December 17, 2018.

Please click here to download the latest Question and Answer document (updated 11/13/18)

  • If you wish to receive notifications regarding the RFQ, including when the Q&A is posted, please provide your email address through the following form:

Exhibits & Other Relevant Documents

  1. Master Plan Report for the Restoration and Preservation of the Carnegie Building (2007) (10.79MB)
  2. Alameda Carnegie Building Office Remodel Cost Estimate Escalation from September 2008 to August 2018 (2017)
  3. Alameda Civic Center Vision Plan
  4. Parcel Map
Pre-Bid Meeting Date:
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 18:00
Pre Bid Location:

Bid Due Date:
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 5:00 pm