Broward County

ACE Mentor Program of Broward County
2015-16 Student Project
Mixed Use Facility for Fort Lauderdale All-Aboard Florida Station

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The City of Fort Lauderdale is seeking proposals to design a mixed use facility to compliment the new train station being constructed for the All-Aboard Florida Rail line. You can find out more details about this project at the following website -

All-Aboard Florida

All Aboard Florida is an under-construction passenger rail system that will connect Orlando and Miami, including stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Not only will passengers enjoy the comfort of ergonomic seating and the convenience of onboard Wi-Fi, they will also make the 235-mile journey from Orlando to Miami about 25 percent faster than driving. Once the system is fully operational, All Aboard Florida plans to make the journey in about three hours, with 16 southbound and 16 northbound trains each day.

A Modern Railway for Fort Lauderdale

broward project 2 2016.jpgThe downtown Fort Lauderdale station provides a new gateway into the city and Broward County. Poised to further Fort Lauderdale's position as a fully connected “City of Tomorrow,’ the 60,000 square foot station and platform includes a modern, multi-story lobby spanning an elevated passenger lounge area for travelers, and parking facilities. The Fort Lauderdale station is located at NW 2nd Avenue between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street. Planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects, it will:

  • Connect to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system, future Wave Streetcar and planned Tri-Rail station.
  • Give visitors direct access to the beaches, shopping, arts, parks, museums, eco tours, spas and other destinations that Fort Lauderdale is known for.
  • Stimulate a currently underutilized area, driving new visitors into downtown and the surrounding cultural, economic and shopping destinations.
  • Create more than $333 million in economic impact for Broward County through 2021 and 800 jobs in Broward County though the construction of the station and rail line.

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Construction of the other South Florida stations also began in late 2014. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami stations, with Moss & Associates serving as general contractor in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Suffolk Construction is general contractor in Miami.

The Orlando station is part of a larger Intermodal Transportation Center planned for Orlando International Airport. Once complete, this new rail system and the stations it serves will comprise an advanced transportation experience that will offer passengers a uniquely comfortable and efficient option when visiting Central and South Florida.

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Project Requirements

The new mixed used facility shall include:

  • Multi-story structure.
  • Multi-use, providing different functions for the end user. The proposed uses of the space must reflect the needs of the station and surrounding area.
  • Unique architectural design that compliments the new train station.
  • Support spaces – restrooms, seating/lounging areas, information desk/kiosk, vending machines, etc.
  • Sustainability – Utilize green construction and systems to save on costs and limit the impact on the environment.

broward project 5 2016.jpgThe proposed budget for this project is $60 million. The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to find the best design option that falls within the proposed budget in order for the City of Fort Lauderdale to gain citizen support for this taxpayer funded project.

Final proposals will be presented in May 2015 with periodic reviews by the Owner after the issuance of this RFQ based on the RFQ schedule.

The best design solution may have the opportunity of presenting to the Broward County Commissioners after the May 2016 Student presentation.

Proposal Deliverables:

  • PowerPoint Presentation including the following information:
    • Plans, Elevations, Sections and Perspective Views of proposed building(s)
    • Presentation of Architectural Intent
    • Presentation of Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems
    • Presentation of means of construction
    • Estimated Budget
    • Estimated Construction Schedule
  • Project Overview Statement: Narrative giving an overview of the key architectural, engineering and construction components of the project. No more than 2 pages in length.

RFQ Due Date:

May 2016, actual date to be announced in March/April 2016.