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Winter Park favors seven local architecture, engineering firms for continuing services

The City of Winter Park should begin negotiations this month with seven local architecture and engineering firms for continuing service contracts.

The city published four separate Request for Qualifications (RFQs) in early December for professional services related to architecture, transportation planning, stormwater management and general civil engineering.

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The contracts are for durations of one year, with an option for up to four renewals up to a maximum of 60 months.

For the architectural services contract, the evaluation committee short-listed a total of six firms, and after oral presentations in late January ranked Le-Huu Partners of Orlando and Zyscovich Architects of Winter Park as top choices.

ACi Architects, Inc. of Winter Park and HHCP of Orlando now hold the architectural contract, which expires Feb. 17.

Zyscovich's John Cunningham, managing principal for its local office, previously served on Winter Park's Public Real Estate Facilities Task Force and chaired the Historic Preservation Commission for the city.

And in his former job as design partner with ACi, Cunningham designed the city's train station and welcome center, the Bank of America building on Park Avenue and multiple buildings at Rollins College, among other projects.

For the stormwater management and design services contract, three applicants were short-listed, and Singhofen & Associates of Orlando and Geosyntec Consultants of Winter Springs were ultimately ranked as top firms.

The stormwater management contract is now held by CDM Smith of Maitland and Geosyntec Consultants, which expires Feb. 27.

For the general civil and public facility engineering contract, three companies were short-listed, and CPH, Inc. was ranked as the top choice.

GAI Consultants Inc. of Orlando now has the general civil engineering contract, with an expiration date of Feb. 27.

And for the transportation planning and engineering contract, three firms were short-listed, and Kimley-Horn & Associates and Comprehensive Engineering Services, Inc. were ranked as top firms.

Comprehensive Engineering Services now handles the city's transportation planning duties, with a contract expiring Feb. 27.

Authorization for city staff to begin contract negotiations with all of these firms is on the consent agenda for Monday's City Commission meeting.

Three of the service types could have two firms under contract because of the work load involved, or due to areas of expertise for each, according to the city.

A deadline has not been set for when the awards will be finalized. Once negotiations are finalized, the results go back to the City Commission for approval, prior to final award and contract execution.

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