City Hall Relocation
Current Status: Wharton-Smith was selected as the design-build firm to prepare construction documents and build the structure. They have partnered with HuntonBrady Architects for the design effort, which will begin in December. Negotiations are currently underway to establish the base agreement and the cost of pre-construction services. Those services include space programming, developing the final conceptual design, and preparing construction documents (plans and specifications). This part of the work will include public input opportunities. The City Commission will have three more decision points before construction begins:
- Approve/modify agreement and pre-construction cost
- Approve/modify detailed conceptual plan
- Approve/reject construction cost price proposal (guaranteed maximum price)
The City Hall Relocation Project will cost an estimated $12 million, with $9 million coming from the 2017 General Fund Bond. 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 to 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. Related to this project is relocation of the employee clinic to the City Hall Annex, which will continue to house the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.
General Fund Capital Bond Construction Schedule
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.