Ocoee settles on look for new City Hall, preps design-build bid criteria

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

The city of Ocoee has settled on the design for a new City Hall building in its downtown, and is preparing criteria for the two-part application process for design-build contractors.

City commissioners chose one of six design options in December to move forward with for the new City Hall planning process. 

"We've worked out a basic design concept, a street view of the building and a basic footprint, and internally we've diagrammed the office space by department," said Al Butler, Ocoee's director of support services, who heads up the design and construction of public facilities. 

"Throughout all this, we also have to make sure this design fits in to the overall downtown campus design." 

Planned for a public site on the northeast corner of Bluford Avenue and McKey Street in downtown, the new City Hall is part of a larger redevelopment gameplan for 16 public acres, to be supported by a $45 million public infrastructure investment by Ocoee to stimulate investment in its downtown.

The city hired the Winter Park office of Zyscovich Architects earlier this year to create a design criteria package for the new City Hall, which will be used in the coming months to procure a design-build contractor. 

Butler said his team is now working with Zyscovich to finish up the design criteria needed for a two-part procurement process for the design-build contractor. 

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) should be issued in late February, which would be followed by a ranking of the top few contractor candidates. Those would then be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP), with the final choice likely made by July.

Total project cost for the new City Hall is estimated at $12 million, to be funded by bond proceeds and other revenue appropriated by the City Commission.

During the construction period for the new City Hall, Ocoee plans to make a big move to electronic storage for most of its documents. The Building Division moved in September to accept online submissions of permit applications and plans. 

Concurrently, The Collage Companies was recently chosen as Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for renovation of Ocoee's Lakeshore Center events venue. Work on the thorough renovation and expansion is slated to begin next month and finish by October, Butler said. 

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