Winter Park published a Request for Proposals on Wednesday for Owner's Representative Services on its planned $30 million library, events center and parking garage at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
A private owner's representative is often hired on large public facility projects for the breadth of experience in construction project management it has that local government staff do not, helping ensure on-time and on-budget completion.
Sealed bids are due at City Hall by 2 p.m. on July 19.
Winter Park is still in contract negotiations with an architect for the project, with HuntonBrady Architects and Adjaye Associates chosen in May as the favorite for library design consultation services. Once a contract with the architect is finalized, the city can better project a timeline for development and construction, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday.
In mid-March, city residents voted 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.
The owner's representative will be responsible for the project's pre-construction and construction services, coordinating all aspects of the development, its budget and schedule, construction management and more.
As an agent for the city, the owner's representative will also help solidify the design contract for the library and events center, establishing guidelines for cost, time to complete and the materials to be used.
The owner's representative would go on to help choose a Construction Manager at Risk and assist in negotiating that contract.
In its evaluation process, Winter Park will give more focus to a proposer's qualifications and approach to the RFP requirements, with the bidder's experience and service fees of slightly less importance, according to the RFP document.
The new facility would replace the 33,742-square-foot library on East New England Avenue and the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center on Morse Boulevard.
Documents for "RFP-13-2016" are available for download at www.cityofwinterpark.org/purchasing, under Active Solicitations.