Request for proposal and qualifications (RFP) for architectural/engineering and historic preservation work for the SEA Community Help Resource and Cultural Center renovation in Armstrong, Florida.


The Spuds, Elkton, and Armstrong (SEA) Community Help Resource Center endeavors to:

  • provide a safe, healthy and educational environment for our children and families.
  • preserve and share the area’s unique and nationally significant Gullah Geechee heritage, which is in danger of being lost to future generations.
  • cultivate and nurture families’ sense of worth and quality of life.

Since 2005, the SEA CHRCC has worked out of the First Baptist Church in the Armstrong community of Elkton, Florida. The project seeks funding to create a permanent location for SEA CHRCC in Elkton. It will also create a Gullah Geechee Cultural Center along the St. Augustine-to-Palatka portion of the 260-mile, 4-county, St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop bicycle trail that is a part of the larger East Coast Greenway that extends from North Carolina through Florida. It will share this nationally significant heritage with the thousands of trail users each year, seeking places to stop over, grab some refreshments, and get a tour during their trail rides.


Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is to create the SEA Community Help Resource & Cultural Center (SEA HRCC) through renovations of a 1967 concrete block building located in Armstrong, Florida. The SEA Community has roots in the Gullah Geechee culture and is the southern-most location for the Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor.

Project Specifics

Budget: $264,500

Architectural and engineering plans and construction documents for the following:

  • Land clearing and site work
  • New parking and drainage
  • Clearing pathway to Rails-to-Trails connector
  • Upgrade well and septic tank
  • Interior demolition of non-historic materials
  • Remove/replace damaged flooring
  • Install seven (7) new doors and replace eleven (11) non-historic windows with historically accurate replicas
  • Repair/replace roof framing and roof
  • Construct new interior floor plan including creating room for an exhibition space, meeting space, office, restroom, kitchen prep area (counter, cabinets, and sink), and a utility closet with water heater
  • Upgrade electrical systems
  • Install new HVAC
  • Paint exterior and interior walls
  • Construct new wooden deck

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Any questions concerning this RFP must be submitted via e-mail on or before January 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM to:

Brenda Swann, Associate Director, St. Johns Cultural Council, working on behalf of the SEA CHRCC
[email protected].

Responses to RFP must be received by St. Johns Cultural Council no later than 5:00 PM on January 20, 2023.

Proposal email subject or mailed correspondence shall be marked “Proposal: SEA Community Help Resource and Cultural Center” and shall clearly identify the A/E submitting the proposal.

Proposals received after the date and time specified will not be accepted. All proposals will become property of SEA CHRCC.