The last pieces will soon be in place for putting together the construction team that will build Orlando City Soccer Club's downtown stadium.
Barton Malow Co., the stadium's construction manager, is seeking subcontractors for all types of work needed to create the $155 million, 25,500-seat athletic arena for the professional club.
While site work, including land clearing and underground plumbing, has been underway for the last couple of months, the real building of the stadium will be done by the tradesmen who specialize in things like roofing, drywall and masonry. Together, the skills are worth tens of millions of dollars and make up a very significant part of the project's cost.
Barton Malow Co. put out the bids for subcontractors this week after soliciting a general contractor in June. All prospective applicants have to be prequalified with Barton Malow to be considered for one or more of the subcontracts.
"The procurement of subcontractors is a big step in the construction of the new stadium," said Dave Price, Barton Malow's vice president for Florida. "This will put us one step closer to putting 25,000 fans in stadium seats."
The 24 subcontractor bid packages that were issued seek builders skilled in, among other construction work, exterior stucco work, masonry, roofing, metal panels, plumbing, audio visual, HVAC, fire protection, plumbing and doors, frames and hardware, according to bid documents.
The date for bids to be in is Nov. 5.
The subcontractors will be tasked with finishing the stadium by summer or early fall 2016.
The new stadium will allow the Orlando City Soccer Club to move from the Citrus Bowl to a facility it can call its own. The team hosted its first game at the Citrus Bowl on March 8, against fellow expansion team New York City FC, in front of a crowd of 62,510. The game ended with a 1-1 draw, and the Orlando team went on to post its first win in its following game, 1-0.
Getting out of the Citrus Bowl and having a home of its own hasn't been an easy trek for the soccer club.
On May 29, after two years trying to get funding from the state, Orlando soccer owner and chairman Augusto da Silva announced the stadium would be built entirely with private funds and would be owned and operated by the club.
He also said capacity would be increased to between 25,000 and 28,000 and that the club would buy its initial location from the city of Orlando.