UCF Selects Finalists for Downtown Parking Garage
The University of Central Florida today released its short list of companies vying to construct the parking garage in downtown Orlando that will be part of UCF’s new campus there.
The five teams, which include construction managers and architects, are:
- PCL Construction Services and Walker Parking Consultants
- The Beck Group and NBBJ
- Clancy & Theys and HuntonBrady Architects
- The Haskel Company
- Collage and PGAL
Each team will present its plans and interview with the university’s selection committee next month, with a decision expected in September.
The new garage will create about 600 parking spaces with enhanced security features and technology that makes finding an open spot easier.
The parking garage will complement a new academic building and the renovation of the existing Center for Emerging Media.
In late June, UCF selected a three-way partnership of experienced architects and construction firms to design and build the downtown campus. A team made up of SchenkelShultz Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Skanska USA Building, Inc. was selected based on their experience, creativity and design ideas.
Taken together, the UCF Downtown facilities will bring 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students to downtown Orlando, offering students an innovative learning environment within walking distance of a wide array of internship and job opportunities in fields such as communication, digital media, public service and health-related programs.
Additionally, Valencia will offer programs in digital media, health-information technology, and culinary and hospitality, including workforce training and other certificates to increase access to education in the immediate downtown area.
Already, the community has helped raise about $17 million toward the construction of the $60 million new academic building. Another $3 million is expected to be raised and announced in the coming weeks. The university also is contributing $20 million from its resources and received $20 million from the state.
Additionally, the value of in-kind contributions of land and infrastructure by the City of Orlando and the developers of Creative Village total approximately $75 million.