FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Heather Fagan, 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser, 407.246.2182
Orlando Mayor Dyer and Commissioner
Lynum Work-Along with 1,000th Central Florida Resident Hired Through the
City's BLUEPRINT Initiative
Parramore resident Russell Bellamy sought out the City of Orlando’s
BLUEPRINT Employment Office in hopes of finding work constructing the
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Russell was successful and
landed a job with IROK Construction as a mason tender. His employment
marks the 1,000th Central Florida resident to have received work through
the City’s BLUEPRINT Employment Office on the Community Venues projects
which consist of the Amway Center, Florida Citrus Bowl and the Dr.
To celebrate the 1,000th local job placement, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
and District 5 City Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum, the architects of the
BLUEPRINT initiative, will work-along with Russell to mix mortar that
will be used by the masons to lay brick and concrete blocks at the Dr.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
IROK Construction, a minority-owned business, is the first finishing
contract beginning work on the Dr. Phillips Center. The mobilization of
finishing contractors on-site represents movement toward the final phase
of construction for stage one of the project. To date, workers on the
project have completed 760,000 accident-free hours.
Through the BLUEPRINT initiative, the City and Dr. Phillips Center had a
goal of 24% participation of minority and women-owned business (MWBE).
Balfour Beatty Construction, the project’s construction manager, has far
exceeded that goal awarding 39% of the contracts – totaling more than
$42 million - to MWBEs.
As part of the construction of the Amway Center, Dr. Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts and the Florida Citrus Bowl reconstruction projects,
the City and its partners have committed to providing jobs and training
opportunities for Central Florida residents. The BLUEPRINT Employment
Office provides a central location for residents looking to work on
these projects. The BLUEPRINT identified target populations including
homeless, ex-offenders and Parramore residents to focus employment
efforts. In total, more than 2,300 Central Floridians have received help
finding employment through the BLUEPRINT Employment Office.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
**Attending media will need to arrive by 1:45 p.m. and wear long pants
or jeans, sleeved-shirt and sneakers on the construction site. Hard
hats, vests and safety glasses will be provided.**
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
District 5 City Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts President Kathy Ramsberger
IROK Masonry Russell Bellamy
Balfour Beatty Construction
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Construction site, near the corner of Rosalind Avenue and South Street