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Ocoee seeks design-build contractors for new City Hall project

Ocoee seeks design-build contractors for new City Hall project
A conceptual rendering of the new City Hall planned for downtown Ocoee, which will run between one and three stories in height in different areas. (Zyscovich Architects)

The city of Ocoee is seeking initial applications from design-build contractors for its new City Hall, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued Thursday.

TheRFP is for an initial stage ofpre-qualifying for interested construction and design firms. Only those firms that arepre-qualified and short-listed will be invited to propose on Stage 2 of theRFP later this year for design/construction and price proposals.

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The City Hall relocation project is part of a $45 million public infrastructure investment by Ocoee in order to stimulate development in the city's downtown.

City commissioners settled on a design style back in January for the new City Hall, with the design criteria package created by the Winter Park office of Zyscovich Architects.

The design-build firm or team will be responsible for the complete design and construction of Ocoee's new City Hall.

Conceptual design for the new building is a basic three-story rectangle with 40,000 square feet. The City Commission has indicated a general preference for the Art Deco style of architecture with a brick veneer.

The original construction estimate for the project was $9 million, which will be funded in large part by bond proceeds. Estimated design and construction costs range from $11 million to $12 million, depending on methods of constructing a theoretical three-story building.

Seventeen months have been allocated for completion of the project, following issuance of a notice to proceed.

Applications to the city's Purchasing Department are due by June 12. No optional pre-submittal conference will be held in the coming month.

Full documents for RFP no. 18-001 can be found through the city's Purchasing Department webpage.

In addition to the new City Hall, Ocoee is also working with GAI Consultants to design a new master stormwater system for its downtown, and activated the construction phase on its Lakeshore Center expansion.

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