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Winter Park ranks top 3 for CMAR of new library & civic center

The city of Winter Park has three finalists in hand for the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) position on its new public library and civic center project at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, with presentations and a final ranking expected next week.

A selection committee met on Wednesday to shortlist applicants for the CMAR position, which came in response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued in early May.

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The selection committee ranked the three CMAR finalists in order as Turner Construction Co., Brasfield & Gorrie with Lamm & Company Partners, and SKANSKA with Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Presentations by the finalists, which are closed to the public, are scheduled for June 28, and final rankings will be made later that day.

The top ranked firm's name will go to the City Commission on July 10 for approval to enter into negotiations. Once complete, a finalized contract would go back to commissioners for approval, likely in August.

OHL Building, Inc., and Welbro Building Corp. also applied, and were ranked outside the final three.

A groundbreaking date for the library and civic center project has yet to be determined. The project's construction budget has been estimated at $21 million by the city in its original RFQ.

The 50,000-square-foot library will include a 8,500-square-foot civic center and 200-vehicle parking garage, all on the site of the current civic center.

City commissioners voted in late April to approve a $2.4 million contract with HuntonBrady Architects to design the library and civic center project, which will work with design architect David Adjaye.

Adjaye, who designed the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and was named one of TIME's Most Influential People for 2017, was in Winter Park earlier this week to meet residents and hear their ideas about the new library.

HuntonBrady's proposal was first chosen in May 2016, but contract approval was delayed by a lawsuit challenging the new library's location in the park. That lawsuit was dismissed from Orange Circuit Court in March.

Winter Park has budgeted $30 million for the entire project, which includes $27.5 million on bonds that voters approved in 2016.

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