Ocoee seeks architects for service contract & CMAR for events center expansion

A general site plan depicting the expansion planned for Ocoee's Lakeshore Center.
A general site plan depicting the expansion planned for Ocoee's Lakeshore Center. (City of Ocoee)

The city of Ocoee is seeking a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for expansion of its Lakeshore Center events venue, and a new architecture firm for continuing service contracts, according to two Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) issued this past weekend.

Originally built in 2013-14, the new Lakeshore Center expansion project is part of a $45 million public infrastructure investment by the city, meant to stimulate development in downtown Ocoee. The project will be funded by bond proceeds approved by the city commission.


The expansion will double the existing banquet room by extending the building to the north with another 200 seats, into the area now occupied by a City Hall employee parking lot.

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The Lakeshore Center expansion is estimated to cost $2.275 million. The design kick-off meeting was held in late July, and Rhodes + Brito Architects have produced the original concept plan and construction plans.

The CMAR services would include pre-construction phase design and construction document review and recommendations in collaboration with the project design team, submission of a guaranteed maximum price and guaranteed completion date, and construction-phase services that will be conditioned upon acceptance of the proposed price and finish date.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-March 2018.

Full documents for RFQ no. 1801 can be found at Ocoee's Open Bids webpage. Applications are due on Nov. 7 by 2 p.m. to the city's Finance and Purchasing Department.

Ocoee is also looking for one or more local architecture firms to bring in on continuing service contracts.

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The work would be performed through task orders issued by the city, and could include planning, inspection and assessment, conceptual design, construction plan preparation and construction management for new public buildings.

Full documents for RFQ no. 1802 (architect) can also be found at Ocoee's Open Bids webpage. Applications are due Nov. 14 by 2 p.m. to the Finance and Purchasing Department.

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