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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

July

  • Due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction on the North-South Building Expansion will be delayed upon the recovery of Tourist Development Tax revenues in Orange County. A meeting was held on July 6 during the FY 20-21 Budget Work Session.
  • The Citizen's Oversight Committee Meeting for the North-South Building Expansion convened on July 8th to review current project progress, project phasing options and status of the TDT revenue.
  • Design progress is currently at 45% completion. The 60% design development deliverable is anticipated in August.

June

  • The OCCC team presented to the BCC on the state of the Center and recommendations on how to proceed with the North-South Building Expansion during a work session on June 23. Four options were proposed: continue with the project as is, finish the design and move forward with only the construction of the Multipurpose Venue, finish the design and move forward with only the construction of the Convention Way Grand Concourse, or complete the design and delay construction.
  • The Citizen's Oversight Committee Meeting for the North-South Building Expansion convened on June 15 to review committee objectives and responsibilities.

May

  • Following the deliverable of the schematic design in April, Populous + C.T. Hsu, a Joint Venture, presented the OCCC with a high level overview of the 30 percent schematic design progress documents for the North-South Building on May 21.
  • Following the completion of 30 percent schematic design, the next deliverable is 60 percent progress of documents labeled as the Design Development set. At this stage, the specifications are being detailed based on industry standards, up and coming technology, and OCCC standards. Additional building user collaboration will occur during this phase of design, as well as coordination with permitting agencies. The anticipated completion of the Design Development is August 25.
  • The design documents for the Enabling packages are in progress, which will detail the preparations required to make the site ready for construction. Anticipated deliverable date for these documents is September 24.

April

  • The schematic design for the North-South Building expansion was delivered to the OCCC Capital Improvement Project (CIP) team on April 30. These documents reflect 30 percent progress on the design, and include both drawings and specifications that outline the overall scope of the project, base drawing sheets and detail categories.
  • The OCCC and Populous + C.T. Hsu, a Joint Venture hosted a virtual second Design Charrette on April 8 to evaluate the exterior and interior architecture development. Involving key stakeholders and internal staff, the meeting included a complete plan walk-through and discussion about connectivity, functionality, experience and back-of-house services.

March

  • On March 30, a summarized Program Validation Report was published and distributed to internal stakeholders to validate the architectural program and record customer and user feedback collected across the 27 client validation meetings held in February. The report features conceptual imagery and diagrams, which were presented and discussed with each customer and user group to collect input on building program, layout, flexibility and connectivity.
  • The final component of the project team, the CMAR, resolved contract negotiations between Orange County and PCL Construction. The CMAR contract was approved by the BCC on March 24 and the Notice to Proceed was issued on March 27. Photo of Successful Design Charrette
  • The OCCC and Populous + C.T. Hsu, a Joint Venture hosted a successful Design Charrette on March 11 to address phasing and scope items critical to the coordination around client activity. Various building layout options were presented to determine their influence on site, key public spaces, unique opportunities, functionality, efficiency, flexibility and back-of-house services.

February

  • The OCCC hosted a series of client validation meetings to provide clients with an overview of the North-South Building expansion. With 27 meetings in total, participants were presented with an overview of the plans and design concepts by Populous and C.T. Hsu, a Joint Venture, and were invited to share their expectations and suggestions prior to the final design stages.

January

Photos from First Design Meeting

  • The 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 Meeting

  • The 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

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)

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

January

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

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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