The Florida Advanced Manufacturing and Research Center is looking for "MEP" services that play a crucial role in bringing a building together.
The Florida Advanced Manufacturing and Research Center is looking for "MEP" services that play a crucial role in bringing a building together.

The construction manager for the cutting edge Florida Advanced Manufacturing and Research Center in Kissimmee is seeking MEP bids for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services that are a major part of the construction supply chain.

MEP plays a crucial role in allowing builders to make decisions about designs, accurately prepare documentation, gauge performance, estimate costs, plan construction and manage and operate the finished building.

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Specialized consultants and contractors develop and construct MEP systems, with computers that use 3-D software often assisting.

The equipment needed for MEP includes compressed air piping, fuel-fired water heaters, air outlets and inlets, low voltage conductors and cables, compressors, switchboards, panel boards and transformers. The equipment and installation services for these building components are what the project's general manager, Skanska USA Building of Orlando, is looking for.

Bids for MEP services are due this month, with construction expected to start in the first week of February.

Representatives of Skanska, which is receiving up to $10 million for preliminary design and building services, refused to comment on the project.

The Florida Advanced Manufacturing and Research Center is envisioned as a 100,000-square-foot research and manufacturing facility that will develop and produce cutting-edge products like smart sensors and photonics devices.

Construction is projected to cost about $70 million with total project cost reaching $270 million.

The facility will be built on 20 acres of property owned by Osceola County and previously known as Judge Farms, near the intersection of Florida Turnpike and U.S. 192.

The land is owned by Osceola County, while the facility will be owned by the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research.

The project has drawn investment from the University of Central Florida, Osceola County and Enterprise Florida, among other public and private entities. The center is projected to have 250 high-tech jobs when it opens in the first quarter of 2017.

-- Reporter Laura Kinsler contributed to this article

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