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An early aerial rendering of how the OCPS Pine Hills Bus Compound (97 acres) will be redeveloped at 5140 N. Pine Hills Road.
An early aerial rendering of how the OCPS Pine Hills Bus Compound (97 acres) will be redeveloped at 5140 N. Pine Hills Road. (OCPS)

Orange County Public Schools is nearing design completion for the redevelopment of its 97-acre Pine Hills Bus Complex, and will open bidding for subcontractors in early April for the $27 million project.

OCPS filed a Development Plan and Preliminary Subdivision Plan on Monday with Orange County for the redevelopment of this existing outdated facility at 5140 N. Pine Hills Road.

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The project will include a combined facility housing the North Learning Community administrative offices (17,300 square feet), Transportation offices, and Northwest Maintenance offices (5,300 square feet).

Separate pre-engineered metal buildings will be installed to house fleet maintenance and bush wash (70,000 square feet), and a free-standing bus fueling station and driver's lounge will be built. Parking at the compound should accommodate 400 buses.

The design/build team is Ajax Building Corp., which is working within a project budget of $27.2 million, of which $22.8 million is for construction. BRPH is the project's architect.

Design is currently underway and set to be completed in late January, said Lauren Roth, OCPS spokeswoman. The anticipated bid opening date for subcontractors is April 4, 2017, with construction projected to begin on May 23. The renovation should be substantially completed around mid-July 2018.

The expanded bus compound surrounds Orange County's Rolling Hills Park, which is not OCPS property and won't be affected by the renovation work next year.

Ajax will be required to design the project to comply with a sustainable building system, or national model green building code, per Florida statutes.

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