Lake County seeks architect & CMAR for new animal control building

Lake County is seeking an architecture firm and Construction Manager at-Risk (CMAR) for its new animal control and shelter building being planned, according to separate requests for proposals (RFP) and qualifications (RFQ) issued this week. 

The single-story building would be used by the county's animal control department, and would include public reception area, administrative offices, enclosed sally ports to aid in the handling of animals, multi-function meeting and training rooms, animal intake areas, space for extermination, adoption and grooming functions, animal kennels for adoption or strays, animal kennels for quarantine and observation, clinic spaces and expansion options for the future. 

The location of the new building was not noted in either bid opportunity announcement, and county Procurement Division staff said Thursday it had not been finalized. 

Total project budget including construction, FFE, professional fees and soft costs is estimated at less than $5 million, and will include site development costs, parking area, lighting, utility extensions, landscaping, signage and more.

The chosen architecture firm would help move the project from design through final construction, providing design services that include all architectural and engineering services, landscape architecture, interior design and more. 

The architect would also conduct meetings with staff and user groups to develop user program elements and conceptual design, and later review and approve all as-built images, operational and maintenance manuals. 

For the CMAR position, the county will favor applicants with a demonstrated record of experience and success on governmental-related buildings where facilities are designed to serve the visiting public.

The CMAR's duties would include preparing an overall construction management plan for the project, attend design-related meetings, identify potential value-engineering opportunities, prepare a construction estimate and anticipated schedule of design documents, obtain construction-related permitting, insure construction meets the design guidelines, and more. 

The chosen CMAR would solicit subcontractor bids for each relevant trade, and then prepare and submit a Guaranteed Maximum Price proposal, which the county can accept or reject. 

Applications are due to the county's Procurement Services division office in Tavares by Sept. 20 for RSQ no. 18-0003 (architect), and by Oct. 4 for RFP no. 18-0202 (CMAR).

Full documents for each bid opportunity can be found through the county's Procurement Services division webpage. 

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