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Winter Park seeks Construction Manager for new library project, w/$21M budget

The City of Winter Park is ready to hire a Construction Manager At Risk (CMAR) for its new public library and civic center project at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, with a projected $21 million construction budget, per a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published on Thursday.

The CMAR's responsibilities in the pre-construction phase would include preparing detailed construction cost estimates and review of design submittals, maintain a detailed project schedule, develop bidders' interest in the project, set up and manage a prequalification process, develop scope-of-work and bid packages and then distribute those to pre-qualified bidders.

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During the construction phase, a CMAR would handle building permits, supervise the construction field, implement a safety program on site, conduct progress meetings and more.

The preferred CMAR must show a background of similar work on large public construction projects. Evaluation criteria will be scored in favor of staff experience, and relevant project experience, among five factors.

City Commissioners voted in late April to approve a $2.4 million contract with HuntonBrady Architects to design the library and civic center project at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

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.

HuntonBrady will work with design architect David Adjaye. The firm'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.

Applications for the CMAR position are due by 2 p.m. on June 8 to the Purchasing Division office in City Hall. A selection committee should meet on June 21 to evaluate and rank the applicants, with oral presentations and a final ranking to follow on June 28.

Documents for RFQ no. 21-2017 can be downloaded from Winter Park's Purchasing Division webpage.

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