Request for Proposals – Architect


Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal – CSPC/FSPC Office and Event Space

The Center for Sex Positive Culture (CSPC) and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture (FSPC) are seeking Professional Architecture services for the design, documentation and permitting of their new office and event space.  These sister organizations share a vision of “sexuality without shame” and work to provide opportunities for community-building, education, expression and the exploration of all facets of sexuality.

Information about each organization and its history can be found on the About Us and History pages of their web sites:  and

About the Project:

The project will likely be a tenant improvements/adaptive reuse project of a 9300 square foot light manufacturing space in Ballard.  The project team has completed a thorough programming exercise and a preliminary test-to-fit/feasibility study on the space.  The team has also met with the City of Seattle to verify that the space can accommodate the proposed use through a defined and workable process.

The new space will house offices for both organizations, a library, and two multi-purpose spaces intended to host a variety of events ranging from educational workshops to social events.  In addition, there will likely be a community space (coffee bar or similar) and space for the display of art.  A small warming kitchen/serving pantry is needed to support events in the space, and a series of toilet rooms and showers will need to be added.

The events hosted in the space are not intended for performance, and no alcohol is served in the space – therefore, the space is considered a membership organization/community club.  However, as many of the activities hosted by the CSPC/FSPC are intimate in nature, privacy for the membership (both to the outside and between the event spaces) will be a consideration.

The CSPC/FSPC has recently vacated their home of over 17 years after negotiating the early termination of their lease to make way for new development in the Interbay neighborhood.  They are currently hosting events in temporary locations and are very anxious to return to regular calendar events and a home location.

Qualified firms should be licensed to practice Architecture in the State of Washington and should be familiar with the City of Seattle zoning and permitting processes.  In addition, the CSPC and FSPC are interested in working with firms who value the service to the community that these organizations provide and who are supportive of sex positive culture and their shared mission.

Interested firms should submit the following:

–          Letter of interest

–          Firm profile

–          Resumes of key project team members

–          List of related experience

–          Approach to process

–          Methodology of fee structure (fee to be negotiated upon scope definition)

–          Recommendations for key consulting engineers (Structural and MEP needed)


Questions and submittal documents should be directed to:

Jeanette Aprato at [email protected]  with the Subject Line:  Architect Proposal

Please CC Sophia Iannicelli at [email protected]

For questions you can also contact us by phone: 206-229-2185


Materials may be mailed to:

Center for Sex Positive Culture

1037 NE 65th St

Suite 356

Seattle, WA 98115


In order to be considered for this project, submissions should be received no later than 4:00PM on November 1, 2016.

Erotic Massage Night Update


Due to the organizer’s work schedule, the October 9th Erotic Massage Night is cancelled. Due to the unique format of the evening, finding a replacement has not been possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

To make up for the disruption in the schedule, November’s Erotic Massage Night on the 13th will be an Instructional Night.

These evening massages are different from the regular Sunday massage nights. On instruction night, the first half of the evening will be a demonstration of an erotic massage on a female and a male model. For those interested in an evening of different erotic massage techniques, this is the night for you to attend. The second half of the evening will be for you to practice what you learned. Come learn some techniques and strokes that you can use at the other Sunday massage evenings.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] or call us at (206) 229-2185. Thank you for your understanding.

Consent Academy needs you!

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Consent is a huge thing that’s being talked about right now, and it’s not even close to big enough. Talking about it is not enough and we’re setting out to do more. This is your chance to be a part of that.

The FSPC is organizing the Consent Academy. This will be a group put together to teach about Consent for individuals, schools, and organizations. We are also working to expand the amount and caliber of Consent Education being provided. We are starting here in Seattle and plan to move out from here.

We are looking for a group of eight dedicated volunteers to get this program up and running as quickly as possible. Our goal is to have a working group creating new curriculum and taking contracts by November of this year. If you are someone, or if you know someone, who would like to participate details on how to apply are listed below.

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  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Internet Presence/Social Media Coordinator
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Consent Curriculum Creators
  • Consent Educators

What we expect from applicants:

  • A minimum of 12 hours of work in roll per month (probably more for a few months)
  • An ability to attend monthly group meetings (preferably in person)
  • A dedication to understanding consent and its complexity
  • A dedication to modeling consent and consensual behavior
  • A willingness to work in a collaborative environment
  • Flexibility in roll and duties

If you are interested please send a letter of intent stating why consent work is important to you, how you believe you would fit into our organization, and your willingness to commit to this crusade. Include a current resume and how you would like us to contact you. Applications can be emailed to [email protected]. We expect to be doing interviews the first week of October.

If you have any further questions, let us know. Also, we are working to put together a list of organizations that need, want, or would benefit from Consent Education. If you know of any such places, please let us know that as well.

Best Regards,

Sar Surmick
[email protected]