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The City of Apopka is seeking new general contractor and geotechnical engineering service providers, as well as a firm to design and build a splash pad at Kit Land Nelson Park, as outlined in three separate bid requests issued within the past week.

The city wants a general contractor or contractors to perform pre-construction and complete construction services on an as-needed basis, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued Feb. 19. The contract will be for 12 months with two possible one-year extensions, or a cumulative 36 months. The winning firm must be insured and licensed to do work in Florida.

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Work under the general contractor RFQ is for continuing projects with estimated construction costs under $2 million. Projects awarded under this contract may include building additions, renovations, site work, improvements, utility upgrades, major repairs and system replacements.

Bids are due March 22 at 10 a.m. to city clerk Linda Groff in the city's main office. Envelopes should be clearly marked with RFQ no. 2017-02 and include the title and name of the bidder.

The city also is seeking an engineering consultant to provide geotechnical services, including testing and engineering of construction materials and environmental services for continuing projects on an as-needed basis.

Projects will not exceed $2 million in total costs. The contract is for one year, with two possible extensions of a year each.

Potential geotechnical work under the contract could include slab on grade foundation evaluations and recommendations, field exploration, lab testing and analysis.

The winning firm would also be expected to do construction materials testing that includes plan reviews, earthwork services, density testing, post-construction services, foundation inspection, concrete and structural steel services.

Bids for geotechnical engineering services are due by March 28 at 10:30 a.m. and should be submitted to city clerk Groff. Envelopes should be marked RFQ no. 2017-06, which was issued on Sunday.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to design and build the splash pad at Kit Land Nelson Park  was also published last week. Applicants should be experienced in splash pad design and able to provide all labor, materials and provisions necessary to produce final design, construction documents and construction.

The design phase includes a visual representation of available options. Final selections will be chosen from those representations.

The pad will be a stand-alone water feature located on the footprint of the current tennis courts at the park, located at 10 N. Forest Ave. The city also wants to repurpose the racquetball building for housing of pumps and maintenance equipment.

Bids for RFQ no. 2017-05 are due March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the city clerk's office. Applicants must attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting this Wednesday at 10 a.m., at the Kit Land Nelson Park tennis courts.

RFQ packages for all three of the above bids can be downloaded from ONIVA DemandStar, or from the city's Bids webpage.

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