Leesburg seeks architect for new aquatics center, engineer for utility lines

The city of Leesburg is seeking an architectural/engineering design services firm to lead its development of a new aquatic facility, and a civil engineering firm to help relocate utilities along a stretch of U.S. 441, according to two Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) published this week.

Leesburg currently has two public swimming pools serving its population of approximately 21,000. One of those pools in Venetian Gardens is old, and experiencing repeated failures and increased maintenance costs. 

That pool will be demolished with the construction of a new community building and reconfiguring of the Dozer Circle area. The city wants a new aquatic facility to replace that Venetian Gardens pool, and possibly the Dabney pool in Carver Heights as well. 

Applicants must produce a conceptual design and site plan, schematic design and cost estimates, lead the design through development and approval, prepare construction documents within the project budget, and observe the construction process. 

The city prefers a full-service individual or firm that will assist in all aspects of architectural design, swimming pool design, engineering, cost estimating and more for the project.

Submissions for the aquatic facility RFQ are due to Leesburg's Purchasing Division office in person or mail by Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. Full documents for RFQ no. 170383 can be downloaded from PublicPurchase.com, or sourced via the city's Purchasing Office.  

Separately, Leesburg also has a contract for engineering design services to help relocate water and wastewater utilities within the U.S. 441 right-of-way from Perkins Avenue to Newell Hill, in advanced of the Florida Department of Transportation's project to widen this section of U.S. 441. 

U.S. 441 is a major artery through the north side of Leesburg, and FDOT's ongoing project will widen it from the existing four lanes to six. The city must relocate water and wastewater utility lines to make way for this widening, without interrupting service. 

The scope of work will include all aspects of engineering design, utility design, engineering, cost estimating, right-of-way acquisition and construction management for the project. 

Submissions for RFQ no. 170453 are due by Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. in person or by mail to the city's Purchasing Division office. 

Editor's Note: This story was updated on Aug. 3 to correct the headline and description of the aquatic facility RFP, which is seeking an architectural/engineering services firm, and not a design-build contractor. 

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