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Contact: Heather Allebaugh (407) 246-3423
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
Mayors Dyer and Jacobs and DPAC Announce Next Steps in the Plan for Construction of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orlando, FL – February 24, 2011 – To address construction concerns and keep the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPAC) moving forward, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and DPAC Board Chairman Jim Pugh announced today they have reached conceptual agreement on the formation of a non-profit entity – The Community Construction Corporation (CCC) – to oversee construction of the project.
“The formation of the CCC is an important step in realizing the vision for a new performing arts center for our region,” said Mayor Dyer. “Nearly all of the successes our community has experienced over the past few years are the product of collaboration and partnership between the City, County, our business community and our civic leaders. We are committed to partnering together to jointly identify solutions to ensure the performing arts center is developed in a viable, fiscally-responsible manner.”
The CCC will be a separate entity from DPAC and will manage the construction contracts, develop a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for Phase 1 and oversee the entire construction process. Assigning the construction responsibilities to the CCC will allow DPAC to focus on capital, endowment and annual campaigns, pre-opening, facility and program operations and ensuring the mission of the project.
“This new organizational structure creates a framework to ensure adherence to the guiding principles of accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “My goal has always been for this community to have a world-class performing arts center. This framework places us in a much better position to understand what it will take to get the project built right with proper oversight.”
Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie added, “Ensuring the financial integrity of the construction process and future operational budgets is critical to maintaining the public’s trust in the project.”
With the design of the performing arts center nearly complete, the City, the County and DPAC are focused on developing a construction management structure that ensures an open, transparent process and a fiscally prudent construction plan.
The CCC will have a board that will consist of appointees from the funding partners – the City of Orlando, Orange County, the Downtown CRA, and DPAC – and from some of the region’s largest employers and community contributors – including The Walt Disney Company and the Orlando Magic.
The CCC Board will evaluate bids and contracts to develop a construction plan that fits within the budget. As the scope of the final project becomes clear during this process, the CCC will inform the citizens of the final plans and costs of the performing arts center. Additionally, the CCC Board will:
DPAC has raised approximately $80 million in private pledges during difficult economic times.
According to DPAC Board Chairman Jim Pugh, “This collaboration among the City, County the performing arts center team, and our donors represents the power of a strong public-private partnership and will help move the project forward.”
The next step in the formation of the CCC will come at the scheduled DPAC Board meeting on Thursday, February 24 where Mayors Dyer and Jacobs and Comptroller Haynie will seek the Board’s conceptual approval on the new CCC Board and its role in the project.
For more information contact:
Heather Allebaugh, Press Secretary, City of Orlando
Steve Triggs, Orange County Communications Manager