ORLANDO, Fla. – (January 28, 2020) The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has selected to move forward on contract negotiations for the Construction Manager at Risk contract for the Orange County Convention Center’s (OCCC) North-South Building expansion with PCL Construction Services, Inc. The BCC ranked Clark/R L Burns, A Joint Venture, as the alternate at the Jan. 28 BCC meeting.
“We are one step closer to seeing the North-South Building expansion come to fruition at the crown jewel of Orange County,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “I am pleased with the BCC’s decision to move forward with PCL Construction Services and look forward to our future work on this historic endeavor for our community.”
In July 2018, the Orange County BCC approved a $605 million Capital Improvement Project for two proposed Campus Master Plan projects. Those projects are the Convention Way Grand Concourse and the Multipurpose Venue. 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, as well as a new entry to the North-South Building along Convention Way.
The expansion will vastly improve the OCCC’s North-South Building, create greater flexibility in booking events, and will keep North America’s second-largest convention center at the forefront of the convention industry. It will sharpen the OCCC’s competitive edge to maintain its position as a dynamic location for conventions, trade shows and guests from around the globe. The expected completion of both projects is the end of 2023.
For continual updates on the North-South Building expansion, please visit www.occc.net/expansion.
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About PCL Construction Services
The PCL family of companies has headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a United States head office in Denver, Colorado. PCL currently employs 4,400 people and more than 10,000 hourly tradespeople in projects around the county. PCL Construction ranked #8 among Florida’s largest “Best Companies to Work For” by Florida Trend magazine for the sixth year.
PCL has entered into a Partnership Agreement with local M/WBE firms Albu and Associates, Cornerstone Construction Services, Geotech Consultants International, JCB Construction and PSA Constructors. Ninety-five percent of the partnership team members are local and all have worked with PCL on previous projects in the Orlando area.
PCL’s proposal includes a prominent workforce development program that focuses on local education facilities, technical schools and job shadow programs. PCL has committed to meeting all M/WBE goals for participation and workforce development.
PCL Construction Services, Inc. completed the Orange County Convention Center’s West Building E/F Phase II Renovation in 2015. They have completed numerous Central Florida projects and were recently awarded the multi-million dollar JW Marriott hotel at Bonnet Creek, adjacent to Walt Disney World.
About the Orange County Convention Center
The Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention facility in North America and provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.occc.net.