: The architectural firm of Zyscovich, Inc., was awarded the work to develop the design criteria package by the City Commission at their July 18 meeting. The design kick-off meeting was held on July 25, at which time Zyscovich staff began the process of developing user requirements for the space planning effort. The total building specification period is expected to take six months, which will be followed by the design-build contractor procurement process. Construction should begin by September 2018. Three exterior design concept plans were presented to the City Commission on December 5 for their feedback; view the presentation. The Commission unanimously selected the brick art deco concept plan shown below. This image and two street elevation drawings can be downloaded here (PDF). Public comments are invited on this proposed design concept. Zyscovich will continue to develop this design concept and work with city staff to refine the interior space allocations for each department. Solicitation for a design-build firm to construct the building is expected to begin in April 2018.
The City Hall Relocation Project will cost an estimated $12 million coming from the general bond funds. The existing Ocoee City Hall is undergoing structural stress as a result of its location near Starke Lake. In addition, City Hall staff is spread across two buildings, which reduces operational efficiency. The City Hall will be moved to city-owned property at the northeast corner of Bluford Avenue and McKey Street to serve as a bridge from the private commercial and residential spaces of the downtown area and the enhanced public spaces of the Lakeshore Center. This single structure will house all of the City Hall staff and provide ground floor spaces for retail and food services.
The City Commission approved the recommended shortlist of three design-build firms at its July 17th meeting: Wharton Smith, H.J. High, and McCree. These firms will compete on the basis of best value, which considers the aesthetics of the design, its conformance with the design criteria, its ability to meet the city’s space and functional needs, and price. A final selection is expected to be made at the City Commission’s October 16, 2018 meeting.
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Using the "design-build" method, the design criteria package will include detailed drawings from the design-build firm to decide most structural elements. Some land acquisition will be required.