Orange County seeks design consultant for OCCC meeting rooms revamp

Aerial view of the Orange County Convention Center's West Building.
Aerial view of the Orange County Convention Center's West Building. (OCCC)

The Orange County Convention Center is seeking a design consultant to help thoroughly renovate the meeting rooms of its West Building, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued this week.

The OCCC's West Building has meeting rooms on its first four levels that were built during expansions that concluded in 1996. A new capital improvements project is focused on renovating most of those meeting rooms, which together total 182,442 square feet.


The project's scope calls for renovating the meeting room interior finishes such as flooring, ceiling, walls and panels, signage, door hardware and more. It would also include upgrading the HVAC, lighting, controls and protecting the existing building systems like fire and audio/visual.

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Design services for the OCCC West Building meeting room renovations would involve planning project construction in two phases, with the first half of rooms worked on between May 2019 and May 2020, then Phase 2 scheduled around events and targeted for completion in May 2022.

Based on that timeline, much of the West Building renovation work would coincide with a 2020 groundbreaking on expansion of OCCC's North/South Building, for which an RFP for owner's representative was issued June 1.

Final design and construction plans would be a primary task for the design consultant, along with the architectural and engineering services needed to prepare a full set of contract documents and plans for permitting and competitive bid.

The design consultant must submit all the required deliverables within 150 days, in order to give sufficient time to solicit a construction contractor, which would then have three and a half years to complete the renovation.

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A pre-proposal conference will be held June 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the OCCC West Building's Hall D. Final applications for the RFP are due by July 19 to Orange County's Procurement Division.

Full documents for RFP no. Y18-812 can be found through the county's Bid Openings webpage.

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