CITY OF ORLANDO ANNOUNCES
FOR FLORIDA CITRUS BOWL RECONSTRUCTION
ORLANDO, FLORIDA [February 25, 2013] – The City of Orlando, owner of the Florida Citrus Bowl, has announced the RFP for Construction Manager at Risk and key dates to its website (www.cityoforlando.net/elected/venues). This website is the primary source for the latest information, documents, news, schedule and bidding related to the renovations.
Throughout the procurement process, during project design and construction, the City will ensure compliance with the Blueprint for a Sustainable Economic Impact, which reinforces the City’s commitment to local, small and minority/women owned businesses. Additional information about the “Blueprint” may be found at http://www.cityoforlando.net/elected/venues/pdf/blueprint_book.pdf.
The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium will undergo reconstruction at a cost of approximately $175 million, subject to cost escalation. The project is expected to include, but may not be limited to the demolition and reconstruction of the lower and mid bowls of the stadium; approximately 65,000 seats, including 5,000 temporary seats; 4,000 club seats and approximately 10 new suites; new and enhanced concession areas, locker rooms, restrooms and associated utilities and enhanced patron accessibility.
The project is currently in the Schematic Design Phase. Potential early construction work may occur prior to and during the November 2013 – January 2014 event season. Bowl games are to be played without interruption. The demolition of lower seating bowls is to begin in January 2014, with new structure/seating bowl construction to follow and a substantial completion date of April 2015.
With today’s RFP release, sealed proposals must be received at the City’s Procurement and Contracts Division, Orlando City Hall, 4th Floor, 400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801, by the due date of March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm EST. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered. A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in the Varsity Club Room at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The construction phase of this project is estimated with a substantial completion in April 2015. Full details are available at the City of Orlando’s venue procurement webpage.
ABOUT FLORIDA CITRUS BOWL
The Florida Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. It opened as Orlando Stadium in 1936 with a capacity of 8,900. The stadium currently seats approximately 70,000 and is the proud home of the Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, historic Florida Classic (Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University), MEAC/SWAC, Monster Jam and 2011 USL Pro Soccer Champions – Orlando City Lions. The stadium has hosted FIFA World Cup soccer matches, Rock Superbowls and Wrestlemania XXIV.
The reconstruction of the Florida Citrus Bowl is part of a larger effort to bring new Community Venues to the Central Florida community, including the Amway Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The City of Orlando completed a first phase of renovations in 2010, Improvements included structural work, lighting and technology that has allowed the Florida Citrus Bowl to remain competitive in attracting world-class events and bowl games. In June 2012, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs laid out a plan that allowed for the design for the Florida Citrus Bowl renovations to begin immediately.