1.Project Background

GTSI is a joint institute between Tianjin University and Georgia Institute of Technology (hereinafter referred to as “Georgia Tech”). It introduces the excellent educational practices and resources of Georgia Tech, and gives full play to the outstanding advantages of Tianjin University as a leading engineering education institution in China.

Formerly named Peiyang University, Tianjin University was founded in 1895. It is the first modern university in China, creating a precedent for higher education in modern China. The university adheres to the development concept of “strengthening engineering, focusing on sciences, revitalizing arts and medicine”, forming a comprehensive discipline layout in which engineering is the main priority, sciences are combined with the arts, and multiple disciplines coordinate with each other, including economics, management, culture, law, medicine, education, art, and philosophy. At present, the university has become a high-level research university with strong faculty, distinct disciplines, first-class education quality and scientific research level and international influence.

The founding of Georgia Tech in 1885 signaled the beginning of the transformation of the agrarian South to an industrial economy. Georgia Tech is renowned for its rigorous academic style. It is well-known throughout the United States for its focus on advanced technologies and scientific research; its mission is to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. Guided by its motto “Progress and Service”, Georgia Tech is now a highly ranked university in the world leading in engineering and technology fields.

Established in Shenzhen, GTSI aspires to become a world-class educational institution and serve as a bridge between the peoples of China and the United States. It will develop innovative approaches to engineering education, striving to become a model for “New Engineering” education in China. GTSI will prepare its students to use innovative skills and strong work ethic to solve real-world problems and improve the lives of people around the globe.

2.Project Overview

The project is located in the Baishiling area of Xili Lake International Science and Education City, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.

Xili Lake International Science and Education City is a key node of the “GuangzhouShenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao” innovation and technology corridor, including important innovation platforms such as the University Town of Shenzhen, Liuxiandong Headquarters Base, Nanshan I Park, Nanshan I City, and the Maker Town at the University Town. It plays an important part in the establishment of a comprehensive science center in Shenzhen. At present, 7 universities have been built in this area, accounting for nearly half of the higher educational resources in the city. Meanwhile, it has attracted a large number of enterprise headquarters and start-ups, forming a favorable eco-system for businesses. This area has a focus on high-tech industries, and integrates manufacturing with education and research, forming a complete innovation chain.

Fig. 1 Location Map of the Project

Fig. 2 Schematic Traffic at the Project Location

Fig. 3 Surrounding Traffic Situation & Planning


3.Work Content

The total scale of Shenzhen University is 3,000, and the ratio of full-time undergraduates to postgraduates is 1:1. The construction area of the campus is 16.21 hectares, and the total construction area is about 190,000 square meters.

The construction content includes: classrooms, teaching laboratories, office buildings, libraries, student activity centers, student dormitories, teacher dormitories, canteens, stadiums and sports facilities, scientific research centers and key laboratories, and a demonstration center for waste sorting and intensive disposal and utilization , International Conference Center, logistic ancillary rooms, underground garages and equipment rooms.

The campus construction advocates the use of low-carbon, green, and sustainable planning concepts and design methods, through energy conservation and emission reduction, renewable energy utilization, and ecological carbon sequestration, to create a demonstrative near-zero carbon campus and help achieve the goal of carbon neutrality.

The design content of this project is the whole process design. The design of the building must strictly meet the requirements of the relevant national and Shenzhen current regulations or regulations.

4.Registration Requirements

4.1.Applicants must be domestic or overseas entities with legal business registration.

4.2.Applicants must be class-A qualification/certificate in Chinese architecture design and construction industry (Construction Engineering).

4.3.Application as a joint group is allowed in this tender project. Individuals or teams of individuals are unaccepted. Requirements for joint groups are as below:

4.3.1.Lead Member of the consortium shall have Class A qualification or above in the construction industry (Construction engineering).

4.3.2.Members of a joint group should not re-apply for the bid independently nor should they form another joint group with other design institutes for registration in any way.

4.3.3.A Joint Group Agreement with legal effect is required to clarify the leading member, equity share, proposed working responsibilities, division of work and so on.


The project adopts the method of “open bidding”, which is divided into pre-qualification, design competition and final evaluation stages.

5.1.Prequalification Stage

In the pre-qualification phase of this project, the concept proposal will be reviewed in the form of hidden bids, and the credit documents will be reviewed in the form of open bids. Finally, 7 shortlisted units and 2 ranked candidates will be determined based on the review results of the concept proposal and the review of credit documents.

5.2.Bid Determination Stage

The bidder submits the result documents that meet the requirements of the design assignment, and the tenderer will set up a bid evaluation committee, which will be evaluated by registered voting, and 3 unranked winning bid candidates will be recommended.

5.3.Final Evaluation Stage

The tenderee sets up a bid determination committee in accordance with laws and regulations, and determine 1 winning bidder from the shortlisted candidates recommended by the scheme review committee.

6.Tender Schedule



The tender controlling price is tentatively set at RMB 36.74million Yuan (about US$5,757,000).


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