Eleven Orlando-area construction companies are in the running to build Osceola County's new $75 million high school on Boggy Creek Road.
Cheryl Jessee, purchasing supervisor for the school district, said the bid evaluation team will meet Oct. 27 to short list up to five firms and invite them to make oral presentations on Nov. 5.
"We hope to take a recommendation to the (school) board on Nov. 17," she said.
Since the district posted a request for qualifications rather than construction bids, the contract amount would be negotiated after the selection. The district is reusing the architectural plans prepared by Shenkel Shultz for Liberty High School, with some modifications.
School Board Chairman Tim Weisheyer said the building would have separate wings for students in the Health Sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs.
"We're bringing in the construction manager earlier than usual because construction technically won't start until this time next year," Jessee said. "The next year will mostly be spent planning."
Eight Orlando firms responded to the RFQ: Clancy & Theys Construction Co., Gilbane Building Co., McCree Design Builders Inc., Moss & Associates, OHL Arellano Construction Co., Pirtle Construction Co., Skanska USA Building Inc., and Turner Construction Co..
Also responding were Ajax Building Corp. of Altemonte Springs and two St. Cloud builders, Welbro Quinn Constructors and Wharton-Smith.
The high school will be located on 74 acres at 3675 N. Boggy Creek Road, just down the road from East Lake Elementary School. A portion of the land will be reserved for a future middle school.