Miami Beach commissioners advanced the planned $500 million renovation of the city’s convention center during their Wednesday meeting.
The commission approved a measure opening the bidding process for companies vying to redesign the convention center and build an 800-room hotel. Bidders have until Sept. 19 to file their applications. The prospective design/build teams will eventually be ranked, with a commission vote on the top choice to follow.
Miami Beach officials hope a design/build firm is selected by April 2015, according to the Miami Herald. Commissioners also voted to seek bids from a consultant, who would represent the city during construction.
The consultant would “monitor the design-builder to make sure the city gets what it purchases,” said Jeff Sachs, another consultant assisting the city. [Miami Herald] — Eric Kalis