Seminole State College of Florida is seeking a design-build contractor for a renewed effort to build a new Wellness Center on its Sanford/Lake Mary campus, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued Tuesday.

Applicants must be pre-qualified contractors with the college. The Wellness Center will be a rebranding of the existing Building "H" on the campus, which is a 42-year-old gymnasium with approximately 43,588 square feet.

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The new Wellness Center will house the college's athletic teams and department offices, as well as space for wellness activities on the campus.

The project could involve phased remodeling of that gymnasium building, or the replacement of some or all of it with new construction. It will be developed in phases, with Phase 1 budgeted for $5 million over the next two years.

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Services in the design-build contract will include review of the existing site and building conditions, review of existing conceptual work with project stakeholders, preparation of a scope of work statement and preliminary cost estimate for Phase 1, preparing scope and cost estimates for future phases, producing design and construction drawings and specifications, and providing value engineering and construction management to keep the project on budget.

An original Request for Proposals (RFP) for this Wellness Center in 2014/15 was a public-private partnership with developer The Keith Corporation of Charlotte, which led the procurement and had Balfour Beatty Construction as the design-build contractor on that team.

The Keith Corp. and the college decided to end that agreement in First Quarter 2016. The PPP was offered to a second developer candidate later that year, but now Seminole State has decided to manage the project in a more traditional manner by directly hiring a design-build contractor, with no developer involved.

Design influences on that previous PPP team included HuntonBrady ArchitectsHKS Architects and Enwright Consulting Group, a Tallahassee firm that specializes in wellness center designs.

The scope of the project appears to have shrunk as well. Planned in 2014 as a 60,000-square-foot facility budgeted at $10 million, the facility at the time had YMCA, Orlando Health and Walgreens signed as prospective tenants. Those three tenants are no longer signed for the future building.

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For the new RFQ, there is a mandatory pre-submittal meeting for prospective applicants on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m., in the Weldon Building on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus. Applications are due Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. to the college's Purchasing Department director.

A selection committee will review and rank the applicants on Oct. 11, on Oct. 24 interviews should be held with shortlisted firms, and by Nov. 20 a select number of firms will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

Complete documents for RFQ no. 17-18-02 can be found at the college's Purchasing Department webpage.

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