The city of Orlando has a preferred engineering and construction firm lined up for the contract to build a long anticipated extension of Shingle Creek Trail near the tourism corridor.
The city put out a call for applicants in early December to hire a consultant for the construction, engineering and inspection of the new 2.3-mile stretch of Shingle Creek Trail.
Three firms responded -- CDM Smith Inc., DRMP Inc. and GAI Consultants. All were shortlisted for formal interviews and presentations in early February, and afterward the advisory committee ranked them in the order listed above.
CDM Smith was ranked no. 1 by all five committee members after the presentations were made. The company already has a continuing services contract for stormwater engineering with the city dating to 2015.
The Shingle Creek Trail is a joint project involving Orange and Osceola counties, and the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee. When completed it will be part of a larger trail network that stretches from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs State Park, and from Orlando to Mascotte.
This stage of the trail consists of a 12- to 14-foot wide concrete multi-use trail between Oak Ridge Road and Sand Lake Road, a distance of approximately 2.3 miles.
The committee's recommendation will go before City Council on Feb. 26 for contract negotiations to start with CDM Smith as the top-ranked firm.
CPH of Sanford prepared the final design plans, and has estimated construction cost at $4.54 million. The project is being primarily funded through the Florida Department of Transportation's Local Agency Program (LAP).
Work will include a six-inch thick concrete trail, fencing, pedestrian guide railing, gravity walls, minor drainage improvements, sod installation, striping, two overlook boardwalks and a trail head. Three prefabricated pedestrian bridges will also be included on the new trail segment.
It's the policy of the city and the Florida Department of Transportation that Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) have an equal opportunity to participate in federally financed contracts and subcontracts.
While there is no specific DBE goal for this project, the FDOT has an overall 10.65 percent DBE goal it must achieve. Of the three applicants, CDM Smith listed the most minority-owned businesses as its potential subcontractors.
The chosen consultant will perform construction, engineering and inspection services (CEI), as well as contract compliance services for the project. The contract is expected to last at least 18 months.