Orlando seeks design-build contractor for new fire stations

The city of Orlando is seeking a design-build contractor to help it build a new Fire Station no. 9 and two others in the next five years, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued Monday.

The contractor will be expected to provide design and construction services for the fire stations. The first phase of each of the projects will be the pre-construction/design phase.

The chosen design-build contractor will enter into a pre-construction agreement for Phase 1, after which its construction documents will be reviewed to ensure compliance. 

The contractor will be expected to develop its design in close collaboration with the city. When its drawings and specifications are far along as part of the Phase 1 contract, the firm must develop a Guarantee Maximum Price, using an "open book" method for subcontractor bids. 

That GMP will serve as the basis for the Phase 2 contract (construction phase), which city staff will have to seek approval for from the City Council.

The city has used a pro-typical design for its previously built fire stations, and wants to use a similar design for station no. 9 (at 3856 Center Loop) and the two to follow. But it is open to cost-saving methods through new design that incorporate the spirit of the existing fire stations. 

A pre-bid meeting will be held this Thursday at 10 a.m., in the Procurement and Contracts Division office (4th floor) of City Hall. Applications are due by Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. to the division office. 

The city expects to have a selection committee arrive at its intended choice by Oct. 19, with a City Council meeting to approve the selection and authorize negotiations by Nov. 13, and contract negotiations to run through November. 

Complete documents related to the RFP can be found at the city's Procurement Division website for bids. 

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