The Seminole County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is seeking a design team to lead planning and oversight of an expansion project for its communications center in Sanford, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued on Sunday.
Located at the Seminole County Public Safety Building on Eslinger Way, the SCSO communications center was built in 1998 and has outgrown its current footprint.
SCSO is considering the option to use additional contiguous space in the existing administration building to create more dispatch area and office space to house the communications center staff.
The design team should include individuals or experts (engineers, architects, consultants or technicians) with experience in emergency communications center design and operation, per the RFQ.
The awarded firm will help formulate a plan that includes renovating the existing communications center and potential expansion area, providing ample office space for management and support staff, and developing conceptual plans.
Funding has not been finalized for the project. Part of the design services will be to provide a construction cost estimate to help secure future funding.
The SCSO wants to start design on the project by mid- to late 2018, with design completed in early 2019.
After designing a space plan, the contractor would be asked to create a complete design for demolition and construction purposes.
The SCSO project team will consist of the facilities manager, facilities supervisor, IT staff and the communications center manager.
Proposals are due to SCSO by July 18. Full documents for RFQ no. 2018-02 can be found through the Procurement Division's Bid Opportunities webpage.