City of Orlando looking to hire architectural and engineering firms

The City of Orlando wants to hire two or more architecture and engineering firms to help design a variety of capital projects and infrastructure in 2019 and beyond, according to Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) issued this week.

The city currently has three engineering firms on continuing services contracts but just one architecture firm: KMF Architects, which has been tasked with such projects as designing the solar canopy at City Hall and the feasibility study for the CNG Conversion. That contract expires Feb. 28, 2019.

The design work could include public facilities, parks, sports facilities, office buildings, recreation centers, parking lots or maintenance facilities. Selected engineering firms could be tasked with jobs related to utility services, road and intersection improvements, hydraulic analysis, design of stormwater treatment facilities, plans and permitting review and permit coordination with state and other agencies.

The RFQs also specify that in both fields, the selected firms could be asked to perform studies or assist in the preparation of design criteria packages.

Individual projects assigned under the continuing services contract will be limited to those with estimated construction costs of $2 million or less, and for study activity fees of $200,000 or less. 

The initial term of the contracts would be for two years, with an option to renew for a third year.

The city gives preference to businesses owned by or who subcontract with military veterans, minorities and women. 

Copies of both solicitations may be obtained via the city's Procurement website. Applications for the RFQ are due to the city's Procurement and Contracts Division on Nov. 1, by 2 p.m. for the engineering firms (RQS19-0040) and on Nov. 8 for the architecture firms (RQS19-0045). The anticipated award date for both contracts is Jan. 31. 

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