Apopka seeks design-build contractor for Kit Land Nelson Park splash pad

The city of Apopka is seeking a design-build construction services team for the new splash pad at Kit Land Nelson Park, a project estimated at $600,000, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on Sunday.

Apopka initially put out a design/build RFP for the splash pad project in late February, but that didn't draw sufficient response so the city revised its plans and in May hired Tavares-based planners Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH) to lead the design, with input from local families. 

Working off BESH's conceptual engineering plans, the selected company will be responsible for design and construction of the entire splash pad project. 

Located at 10 S. Forest Ave. in Apopka, this 2,400-square-foot splash pad will be a new feature to the park, and include related improvements such as shade structures, sidewalk and seating. 

The city wants to work with a qualified and experienced company on this project, so respondents should have documented experience on at least three splash pads or interactive fountains no smaller than 2,000 square feet within the past three years, per the RFP. Subcontractors must have the same miminum experience levels. 

The splash pad should support a variety of ages and have activities for children of all ages. Features should promote multiple children playing together. 

The civil site design and construction for related site improvements will also be included in this contract. 

Respondents must submit two conceptual plans and two pricing proposals, with two concept designs where one includes a central feature, and the other has a variety of features with no central feature. 

The features deemed most desirable after public input meetings were groups of three or more water cannons, a water tunnel with five arches or more, column-style spray features of 6 feet or higher, low-height column spray features, and an assortment of ground spray-style features. 

Acceptable manufacturers for the splash pad equipment will be WaterPlay, Rain Drop Products and Vortex. No other manufacturers will be accepted by the city. 

City officials projected in May that the splash pad construction could be complete by Spring 2018. 

A non-mandatory pre-proposal site visit will be held on June 26 at 10 a.m. Proposals are due to the city clerk's office by July 19 at 2 p.m.

Full documents for RFP no. 2017-17 can be found through Apopka's Purchasing Division Bids webpage. 

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