Columbus-based developer The Pizzuti Companies could begin leading Winter Park's development efforts as soon as late October on the planned $30 million library, events center and parking garage at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
Winter Park issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in mid-June for owner's representative services on the project, after city residents voted in March to pass a referendum to build a new 50,000-square-foot library, 8,500-square-foot event space and parking garage in the public park in the coming years.
On Aug. 22, the City Commission approved staff to start negotiations withPizzuti as the top-ranked applicant from theRFP.
The company and city reached a contract price of $535,000, which would be funded from the voter-approved bond referendum for the project. On Oct. 10, commissioners are expected to approve the contract and authorize the mayor to execute it.
"Once we get our contract approved with the city, we'll be sitting down for a kickoff meeting to review the city's goals, time frame and the structure and financing already in place," Pizzuti's executive vice president Jim Russell told GrowthSpotter. "Then our first task will be to lead the negotiations for the design architect with the firm that's already been selected."
The owner's representative is responsible for the project's pre-construction and construction services, coordinating all aspects of the development, its budget and schedule, construction management and more.
Pizzuti would begin on a project like this by programming the space needs with the architect, and all the components to determine the scope of each building's size. That programming step will take a few months for the architect to move through, Russell said.
"At the same time there will be some community outreach meetings to determine everything that goes in to the new library, so all of that will take up a good portion of the first four to six months," he said.
Pizzuti would also work with the city during the coming quarter to determine the best construction delivery method, which Russell said is likely a Construction Manager at Risk.
A bid solicitation would be prepared by the city for that construction team member, potentially issued in First Quarter 2017, he said.
Pizzuti's past experience coordinating as many as 14 public library development projects was likely a factor in their selection by the city, Russell said.
In Florida, Pizzuti most notably served as owner's representative on the 299-acre Exploration Park on the Space Coast, where it oversaw planning and construction of roads and infrastructure for property now being marketed for office and light manufacturing.
The new Winter Park facility would replace the city's 33,742-square-foot library on East New England Avenue and the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center on Morse Boulevard.