Altamonte Springs is seeking bids over the next month for architecture and engineering services for construction of a new operations/mechanical maintenance building, at the city's regional water reclamation facility on Keller Road.

The city issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday for private architectural and engineering firms that will oversee the project from design through final inspections.

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The proposed building will be around 20,000 square feet in combined gross area, according to a conceptual plan produced last year by Borrelli + Partners Architects of Orlando. The city is starting out with an estimate for total construction costs of $4.8 million, provided by Montgomery Consulting Group Inc. of Winter Park.

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As a starting point, the successful bidder will review the conceptual plans drawn by Borrelli + Partners and the estimated cost breakdowns provided by Montgomery Consulting Group. The winning firm will then prepare its own drawings, cost estimates and specifications to aid in bid solicitation for general contractors.

After construction bids are received, the architectural/engineering firm will analyze the bids, and recommend a firm for the contract award. The scope of work also calls for the firm to interpret contract plans and specifications for instructions to the contractor.

Throughout construction, the firm will provide periodic inspections and a final inspection after the work is completed. All bidders must be licensed by the state of Florida and have necessary insurance coverage.

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Details on the RFP's scope, deadlines and what additional work may be available from the city.

Proposals are due to the city's Procurement Division by the morning of March 1. They should be reviewed by an evaluation committee on March 16, with short-listed firms to be interviewed on March 21 at City Hall. An intent to award announcement is planned for March 30.

To see the RFP-17-023-BK solicitation documents and updates, visit the city's solicitation posting website.

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