While the governor's veto of state funding for a new Downtown Orlando Campus for the University of Central Florida and Valencia College in Creative Village could slow that project down, the K-8 school next door in Parramore is on track for bids to be proffered in December. Construction would start in January.
Nothing that happens in Creative Village [related to construction] affects the (K-8] School, said Lauren Roth, senior manager of facilities communications, Orange County Public Schools.
The new school's 13-acre campus at North Parramore Avenue and West Amelia Street is designed to hold 1,200 students, including a separate preschool component paid for by the Rosen Foundation, a long-time contributor to educational causes.
There will also be a 20,000- to 25,000-square foot Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida in another building on the campus, easily accessible to students for extracurricular after-school activities. So children as young as 2 and as old as high school seniors will be educated and cared for at the site.
There is some site work happening now, Roth said. The property had some apartment buildings that were torn down and a few small homes were also bought to be demolished for the project.
In other Orange County School construction news, the School Board awarded Wharton-Smith Inc. the bid to build Millenia Gardens Elementary School at $12.749 million. The construction should begin quickly and occupancy is set for May 31, 2016.
Also, Harvard Jolly Inc.won the bid to provide architectural and engineering services for the Metro West Elementary School relief project to be built on the same site as a current elementary school.