Downtown Orlando Developments

Orlando seeks design-build contractor for new downtown community center

This aerial map (north to the right) shows the target property in downtown Orlando. Existing buildings in the black shaded area will be demolished prior to commencement of the community center project.

The city of Orlando is seeking a design-build contractor to lead renovation and new construction for the new Grand Avenue Community Center, a project budgeted at $17 million, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued Monday.

The design-build services contract is for the former Grand Avenue School, a two-story Mediterranean Revival structure built in 1926 in Orlando's Holden Heights neighborhood. The building was designated a historic landmark by the city in 1995.


The school closed last June, but city officials announced in December they planned to acquire it from Orange County Public Schools. The plan is now to retrofit the historic building and an adjacent media center built in 1982, for a total reuse of 29,844 square feet.

Located at 800 Grand St. and 1488 S. Parramore Ave., the property totals more than 13 acres, with separate parcels owned by the city and OCPS.


The entire neighborhood center, including new construction, is anticipated to have 66,000 square feet of conditioned area.

Pre-construction/design will be the first phase of contracted work, with design to be developed in close collaboration with the city. When those drawings and specifications are substantially complete, the firm will develop a guarantee maximum price with an "open book" method. That will serve as basis for the Phase 2 contract (construction phase).

The schedule for completion of the building should not exceed 900 days, including design time, per the RFP.

Applications for RFP no. 18-0360 are due to the city's Procurement and Contracts Division by May 23. Full documents can be found through the city's VendorLink website.

A bid review committee is anticipated to rank applicants by June 28, with a final selection approval presented to City Council by July 23.

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