Osceola County Schools has selected a first-place award-winning school design by Orlando-based Song + Associates as the prototype to replace the county's oldest elementary school.
The Michigan Avenue Elementary project was top priority in the half-cent sales tax referendum Osceola County voters approved last November. The district has a tentative budget of $21.3 million. It's part of a two-phase reconstruction on the existing campus in St. Cloud.
Phase 2 of the project will start once the new school opens in January 2019. It involves demolition of the existing 46-year-old building, and renovation of a classroom wing that was built in 1990.
The Song team will be updating its design for Martin County's Hobe Sound Elementary, which won the Florida Educational Facilities Planners
Association 2006 award for best school design. The Hobe Sound prototype will be modernized to increase energy efficiency and adapted to today's standard for additional STEM classrooms.
The firm will utilize Galvin Design Group for the design of the new separate kitchen and cafeteria building, which will be shared with St. Cloud Middle School on the same campus.
The school district is now seeking a Construction Manager At-Risk for the project. Responses to the Request for Qualifications are due May 16.
Song + Associates is also one of three local architectural firms in the running for a continuing service contract with the City of St. Cloud. The city's selection committee ranked Song just behind C.T. Hsu + Associates. Celebration-based Bumpus and Associates placed third.
The RFQ stated that the city intended to hire three firms on a three-year continuing contract to assist with projects such as building renovation and landscape design, feasibility studies and design of new civic buildings.
The recommendation goes to the City Council on April 27.
The City of Kissimmee is also expected to make a decision soon on its RFP for a feasibility study for converting the Kissimmee Civic Center into a performing arts center.
Parks and Recreation Director Elizabeth Harris told GrowthSpotter the three top-ranked firms will be in town this week to interview with the selection committee. Harris expects to make a contract award by May 2.
They want the consultant to start immediately by hosting at least two public meetings to gather input from the community. "Stakeholder feedback is critical in this project, because we want to program for what citizens of Kissimmee value most," she said.
The study should evaluate whether the civic center could be renovated for performing arts, estimate the cost and produce a business plan for such a facility.