The Parramore school in downtown Orlando is requiring subcontractors to think outside the box
The Parramore school in downtown Orlando is requiring subcontractors to think outside the box

From lockers to bike racks, subcontractors are being urged to tap the youngster in themselves as they bid on jobs to build the Parramore Pre-K-8 school.

Bid documents show almost 60 areas of need for subcontractors for a project that is expected to cost $49.3 million to build, take up 251,812 square feet and be situated at the southwest quadrant of Parramore Avenue and Amelia Street.


Included in the bid proposals issued by general contractor Williams Company are the usual components that go into a building. These elements include drywall and cement plastering, doors, masonry, building concrete, structural steel, waterproofing and caulking, painting and window treatments and plumbing.

But subcontractors on applications are also being asked if they have experience building schools.

That's because of unique needs that schools have, which give subcontractors such tasks as providing lockers, playground and athletic equipment, bike and skateboard racks, practice rooms, stage rigging and curtains, food service equipment and appliances on a large scale, wooden athletic floors and even kilns.

The school will include a Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, a preschool wing sponsored by Harris Rosen and a health clinic. A three-story garage is also planned.

Construction is expected to begin in January or February, with the school planned to open August 2017.

Williams Co. is prepared to shepard the work, said Taylor Huddleston, executive vice president.

The company has a group that focuses on schools and in terms of construction costs, Parramore will be the second highest it has built, behind Evans High School, at $62 million. Evans High School is located at the intersection of Pine Hill Road and Silver Star Road.

"We've been working with the Orange County Public Schools for the last eight months on this project and we have followed closely as the plans became more developed," Huddleston said.

The Parramore school will allow the community's children to attend class in their own neighborhood for the first time since desegregation closed Parramore's local school more than four decades ago. The school will sit on 14 acres and is being built for 1,211 students.

The facility is being built in collaboration with the Rosen Foundation, University of Central Florida, Valencia College, and a Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.

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