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Electrical contractor or GC sought for LED install project at Amway Center

A view of the practice court at Amway Arena (and the lights above it) during Orlando Magic Media Day in September 2015.

The City of Orlando is about to supply greater oversight to its professional basketball team by placing LED lighting everywhere they play in the Amway Center.

The project, expected to cost as much as $800,000, has the city seeking a general contractor or electrical contractor, with bids due April 27.


The project covers the 94-foot-long and 50-foot-wide court where the Orlando Magic play, as well as its practice court, which is the same size.

The endeavor will involve installing hundreds of lights throughout the main floor and practice court.


Amway Center's video board, which the city calls the tallest and most high-definition in any National Basketball Association arena, already has nine million clustered LED lights. The difference in numbers is due to the video board being made up of different size LED lights formed into a display.

Including the video board, there are 50 full-color LED displays in the center.

The project has already drawn interest from as far away as Jacksonville and Tampa. Those who have been in touch with the city about doing the work include Anixter of Orlando, Pace Electric of Orlando, Titan Electric SE of Orlando, Sylvania Light Solutions of Tampa and Southern Atlantic Electric Co. of Jacksonville, city records show.

LED lights, or light emitting diodes, are seen as having advantages over traditional lighting by producing lower energy consumption, having a longer lifetime, being more robust in structure and are smaller. In the city's case, Orlando expects to save $75,000 annually on its electric bill at the Amway Center after these upgrades are made.

The project is expected to start in the beginning of August and be completed by month's end, as a way of not interfering with events at the center.

The city is not using an architect, engineer or civil engineer on the project since most of the infrastructure exists and most of the work is electrical, a spokeswoman said.

The 875,000-square-foot Amway Center opened in 2010, with a 31,000-square-foot arena floor. In addition to being home court for the Orlando Magic, the center serves as an ice rink for Solar Bears games and ice shows, and hosts concerts and exhibitions.

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