Request for Qualifications

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority | Cleveland, Ohio

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Directors that Statements of Qualifications (“SOQ”s) will be received by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority for the following project:

Cleveland Bulk Terminal Ore Conveyance Tunnel Modernization

The successful professional design services firm/team will assist the Port Authority with detailed design, permitting, engineering and construction administration services to advance the above referenced project.

Statements will be received via email to the attention of Matt Wenham,, until 10:00 a.m. local time on May 15, 2024.

SOQ documentation will be available and may be obtained at the office of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority at 1100 West Ninth Street, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or on the Port Authority website: Firms are requested to notify the Port Authority of their download of the RFQ so that they can be sent any addenda. Addenda will also be posted on the Port’s website.

The Port Authority reserves the right to reject any and all submissions, to waive any technicalities, to request additional information, and to otherwise proceed in accordance with the best interests of the Port Authority.

Statements will be evaluated and scored to determine the most qualified professional design services firm/team. The Port Authority may request interviews with firms following the submission of their SOQs. The Port Authority will negotiate a contract along with fair and reasonable compensation with the most highly ranked firm. If negotiations fail with the firm/team ranked most qualified, the Port Authority may elect to enter negotiations with the firm/team ranked second most qualified.

Any SOQ submissions may be withdrawn or amended prior to the closing deadline. If any interested design firm has questions, they should contact Matt Wenham at  

Under no circumstance will the Port Authority be responsible for any costs incurred by professional design service firms in responding to this statement of qualifications request and any subsequent phases of this evaluation and negotiation process.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
William Friedman

Download Request for QualificationsDownload Addendum #1 (5/3/2024)

To get alerted when additional materials and/or addenda are posted, please email Matt Wenham at