Just five days after announcing that Orlando City Soccer Club would finance its own soccer stadium in the face of uncertain public funding, requests for bids on its construction and site work are out, according to Bidclerk.com.
Barton Malow Co., the stadium's construction manager put out general contractor bid specs calling for a 290,000 square-foot stadium with 28,000 seats at an estimated construction value of $110 million. Phil Rawlins, Orlando City Soccer Club president estimated total costs for the new stadium could be as high as $130 million. It started with an $85 million price tag, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
Barton Malow did not return GrowthSpotter's telephone call before deadline Wednesday.
Bids are due July 30 and the estimated start date for the stadium is Aug. 31.
Construction on the stadium was already delayed because $30 million in potential state funding was tied up in the Florida Legislature. And, because demand for professional soccer in Orlando proved to be greater than expected, the Orlando City club wanted to expand capacity beyond the 19,500 planned seats to 28,000, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The stadium is expected to be done by the summer of 2016. When it's finished it will be wholly owned by the Soccer Club, not the City of Orlando as originally planned.
Construction Manager: Steve Laurila. Barton Malow Co. Orlando, 407-352-8880
Architect: Bruce Miller, Populous-Kansas City, 816-221-1500