Oil Region National Heritage Area | The Valley that Changed the World


The Oil Region Alliance frequently requests proposals and  invitations for bids for various studies, design and/or construction projects.

The following are links to current RFPs and IFBs:

Announcement for Invitation for Bids –
Scheide House Porch Renovations

The Oil Region Alliance will receive sealed bids until 2:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 for Porch Renovations for the historic Scheide House (Phase VI), involving three, first-floor porches. Hard-copy of Bid Documents may be obtained from StruXures Architecture at 3545 State Route 257, Seneca, PA 16346, 814-676-1432, for a non-refundable fee of forty dollars ($40.00) per set payable to the Oil Region Alliance. A $10 mailing fee will also be required for Bid Documents that are mailed.

This Phase VI project entails detailed repairs to three, first-floor porches. Full details are available within the Project Manual linked below.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the Scheide House, 221 North Washington Street, Titusville, PA. This will be the only opportunity given to potential contractors to access and view the site accompanied by the project architect and project coordinator.

Bids should be addressed to the Oil Region Alliance, 217 Elm Street, Oil City, PA 16301. The bid package should be clearly marked “Sealed Bid for Scheide House Porch Renovations. DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 2:00 p.m. December 5, 2023.” Bids will not be accepted by fax nor e-mail. A certified check, bank cashier’s check or bid bond in an amount equal to ten (10) percent of the bid, payable to the Oil Region Alliance, shall be submitted with the bid to guarantee the bidder’s entrance into a contract if given the award. Surety companies executing the Bid Bond must be listed in the U.S. Treasury Department Circular 570, as currently amended, and be authorized to transact business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bids may be held by Oil Region Alliance for a period not to exceed 90 days from the date of opening for the purpose of reviewing the bids and investigating the qualifications of bidders, prior to awarding contract. The Oil Region Alliance reserves the right to refuse any or all bids, and to waive any technicalities or informalities in bidding.

The contract with the selected bidder is anticipated to begin approximately December 20, 2023 and conclude by June 15, 2024.

This project is federally funded through the National Park Service, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and private funding. Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage salaries and wages as set forth in the Contract Documents must be paid. The contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, age, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, disabilities, or handicap. Contractor must make and document efforts to include Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) among the list of subcontractors assembled to conduct this federally-subsidized and Commonwealth-subsidized building rehabilitation project.

For more information, contact Marilyn Black, consultant, marilynblack@windstream.net; (814) 671-2058. Project questions may also be asked of the project architects, StruXures Architecture, 3545 State Route 257, Seneca, PA 16346; (814) 676-1432, dgaston@struxures.com.

SET – ORA Scheide House Porches

Drawings Set; Scheide House — Porch Renovations; Project #013-23

Addendum #1 Scheide Porch Renovations Project Manual 11-26-2023

Announcement Request for Proposals –
Cultural Resource Survey in the Oil Region National Heritage Area

Issued by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism (ORA) on November 9, 2023

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry, and Tourism (ORA) is the non-profit corporation which manages the Oil Region National Heritage Area (ORNHA) and the Pennsylvania Oil Heritage Region. See OilRegion.org for further information.

Complete Proposals Due: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 4:30 p.m.

Consultant Contract Period: January 2 – December 31, 2024

The ORA is accepting proposals for the completion of a Cultural Resource Survey of approximately 100 buildings in the ORNHA. The ORNHA encompasses all of Venango County and the City of Titusville, Borough of Hydetown, and Oil Creek Township in Crawford County, PA. Buildings to be included in the project include those owned by not-for-profit groups with the capacity for potential short- or long-term rental opportunities. ORA staff will assist in the identification of these resources. The survey will utilize the PA Historical and Museum Commission’s (PHMC) Surveyor program that will be modified to capture additional information needed for this project. After completion of the survey, the survey data will be available on the ORA’s website so that it is easily accessible to the public.

The consultant contract resulting from this RFP will be from approximately January 2, 2024 through December 31, 2024.

Funding for this project is being provided to ORA by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Heritage Areas Program Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, from a Keystone Historic Preservation Planning Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), and from the National Park Service (NPS). All DCNR, PHMC, and NPS grant terms and conditions apply to this project.

The full RFP package is linked below.  Contact Jenn Burden, ORA Heritage Program Manager with any questions at jburden@oilregion.org; (814) 677-3152 ext. 116.

ORNHA Cultural Resource Survey RFP Announcement

Thank you for your interest in working with the Oil Region Alliance.

For more information, please contact us.

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