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North-South Building Expansion

The Orange County Convention Center has embarked upon a $605M Capital Improvement Plan for two Campus Master Plan projects. The Convention Way Grand Concourse and the Multipurpose Venue expansion will bring total exhibit space at the OCCC to 2.3 million square feet.

The Multipurpose Venue brings an additional 200,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space in the South Building. Overall, the South Building will have a total of 675,141 square feet of exhibit space for a grand total of 1.15 million square feet of exhibit space in the North-South Building. The Multipurpose Venue will also incorporate connectivity between the North and South concourses.

The Convention Way Grand Concourse expansion includes an additional 60,000 square feet of meeting space and an 80,000 square foot ballroom along with a new entry to the North-South Building along Convention Way.

Project History

From Marketing Feasibility Study to Final Budget Approval

January

Photos from First Design MeetingThe Orange County Convention Center and Populous + C.T. Hsu, a Joint Venture held a series of stakeholder and clients meetings in early January on the approved architectural and engineering design services contract.

December

Photos from First Design MeetingThe first design team meeting for the North-South Building Expansion took place on Dec. 19 at the OCCC.

The Construction Manager at Risk Selection Phase I of the Procurement Committee convened on Dec. 18, 2019. The Selection Phase II, BCC Selection and Ranking is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2020. Commonly known as the CMAR, the term refers to a specific type of project delivery method and a contractual relationship to coordinate, oversee and deliver a facility for a guaranteed maximum price. 

The Orange County BCC approved the architectural and engineering design services contract with Populous+ C.T. Hsu, a Joint Venture, for the OCCC’s North-South Building Expansion. The total contract award amount is $38,389,062. The decision was made at the Dec. 17 BCC meeting

Bid proposals were received for whole building commissioning services on Dec. 17 and the procurement committee meeting was scheduled for Jan. 15, 2020. Whole Building Commissioning is a quality-oriented process for verifying and documenting the performance of the building envelope, which includes roofing, walls, windows and doors. The building systems, comprised of life safety, heating and air conditioning, electrical and lighting are verified to meet design objectives and criteria. The Commissioning Agent uses methods and tools to verify that the project is achieving design objectives and project requirements throughout the design, construction, testing, and startup of the project.

The Procurement Committee convened on Dec. 4, 2019 on geo-technical Services and construction materials testing inspection services and the BCC approval for contract negotiations was scheduled on Jan. 14, 2020. Geotechnical engineering, testing, and inspection services includes the geotechnical investigation and engineering recommendations necessary to maintain the building foundation, slab, paving, sidewalk designs and other major building upkeep.

October

The second and third contract negotiation meetings with the A/E Design Team were held on Oct. 3 and Oct. 23, respectively, at the OCCC. The Construction Manager at Risk RFP with a restated addendum was issued on Oct. 17, and bid proposals are due Nov. 19, 2019. The Geo-technical Services and Construction Materials Testing Inspection Services RFP was due Oct. 29.

August

Orange County Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to consider presentations from two A/E firms to select one firm for staff to enter into negotiations. The selection was made at the Aug. 6 BCC meeting.

April

Orange County's Procurement Division hosts a second pre-solicitation informational session prior to the opening of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) contract

March

Orange County's Procurement Division hosts a pre-solicitation informational session prior to the opening of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) contract, which will be advertised to construction management firms, subcontractors, suppliers, and related vendors

January

The BCC approves contract for OCCC to hire AECOM Technical Services, Inc. to provide owner's representative services for the North-South Building Improvements project

October

The OCCC enters into negotiations to hire an owner's representative

September

BCC – First Budget Public Hearing

BCC – Second Budget Public Hearing, Final Budget Approval

July

BCC – Budget Work Session Presentation

BCC – Tentative Budget Approval

November

Charrette – w/ Populous & Stakeholders

July

Begin Concept Refinement/Cost Estimates

June

BCC Update – Campus Master Plan (w/OCCC client participation)

January - December

One-on-one meetings with clients, stakeholders and local organizations

August

CAB Workshop – Refined Campus Master Plan Concepts

May

BCC Work Session – Tourist Development Tax/Capital Improvement Project/Campus Master Plan

Executive CAB Committee – Campus Master Plan Update

March

Phase 2 – Campus Master Plan Program Completed

December

BCC Update – Campus Master Plan Final Recommendations/Potential Priorities

August

CAB – Campus Master Plan Final Recommendations/Prioritization Workshops

June

Orange County BCC Update – Marketing Feasibility Study Findings/Preliminary Concepts

General Public Meeting – Marketing Feasibility Study/Preliminary Concepts

May

Executive CAB Committee – Marketing Feasibility Study Findings/Preliminary Concepts

April

Phase 1 – Market Feasibility Study Completed

October

Execution of contract with Populous, Inc.

August

Client Advisory Board (CAB) Strategic Work Sessions

July

Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Selection of Populous, Inc. for completion of OCCC Market Feasibility Study and Campus Master Plan Program

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