Orlando & Florida Citrus Sports seek CMAR for downtown park redevelopment

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

The City of Orlando is looking to hire a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to lead the improvements work on Lake Lorna Doone Park in downtown Orlando's West Lakes community, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on Friday.

The not-for-profit Florida Citrus Sports Association (FCS) entered into a park improvement agreement with the city in May to memorialize an effort by both to improve the Lake Lorna Doone Park along W. Church Street, directly north of Camping World Stadium. 

FCS is serving as developer and will manage the design, permitting and construction of the park improvements. The project includes approximately $6.8 million in improvements to the park, excluding Phase 1 work and soft costs. 

A master plan to thoroughly redesign the dilapidated city park was delivered in October 2016 by LIFT Orlando. At that time, FCS had not yet been established as the main funding source.

That includes reconfiguration of internal park roads and parking, new playground and spray park areas, new community garden, park restroom facilities, fitness trails with fitness stations and ecology boardwalks, a central pavilion and multipurpose event lawn, and new basketball courts. 

The pre-construction, design and permitting phases are expected to be completed by August, with groundbreaking to start in early October and substantial completion by October 2019. The CMAR agreement is expected to run 20 months. 

FCS and the city have one mandatory minimum qualification emphasized in the RFP, which is that applicants must have performed CMAR services on a public park, plaza or similar sporting complex project of at least $3 million in the last five years. 

Brent Daubach of SC Advisors is serving as development manager on the project for FCS. GAI Consultants is providing design services for all the park improvements.

Applications for the CMAR position are due by July 11 to the Camping World Stadium Varsity Club. Full documents for the RFP, which went unnumbered by FCS, can be found through the city's Procurement Division webpage.  

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