Scores of contractors have shown interest in landing a $7 million contract to help Orlando's City Hall become more energy efficient, with 45 downloads by companies of a request for proposals over the past two days, which the city put on its website Tuesday.
The project should make the nine-story building more modern by outfitting it with the latest energy-saving devices.
"We are looking for proposals that provide lighting upgrades, HVAC and building automation controls" like smart lighting, said Ian L. LaHiff, the city's energy project coordinator who is overseeing the endeavor.
Orlando City Hall, at 250,000 square feet, is one of the biggest single components of Orlando's effort to become as energy efficient as possible. The mandate was set in 2007 by Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Under Dyer's Green Works Orlando initiative the city has, among other initiatives, increased recycling collection by 35 percent and completed 10 LEED-certified municipal buildings. LEED is a designation that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The city government floated a $17.5 million bond to pay for the city hall project as well as others, including putting energy-saving lights at the Amway Center and three water treatment plants.
Once city hall's transition is complete, LaHiff estimates $350,000 will be saved annually. The money will help pay for the new police headquarters on Orange Blossom Trail, he said.
Energy efficiency renovation work at city hall is planned to start in May and be complete by Spring 2018.
Orlando is holding pre-bid meetings Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, with bids due Feb. 18.
The ultimate goal is to "make our city one of the most sustainable in the country," LaHiff said.