Broward awards design contract for Fort Lauderdale government center

Miami-based architecture firm Zyscovich won the $1.5M contract to design a center that Broward and Fort Lauderdale would share

Miami /
Dec.December 11, 2019 08:45 AM
Bernard Zyscovich over the site of the county’s bus terminal on Broward Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps)

Bernard Zyscovich over the site of the county’s bus terminal on Broward Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps)

Broward County awarded a $1.5 million contract to Miami-based architecture firm Zyscovich to deliver a conceptual design for a new government center in downtown Fort Lauderdale that the county and city would share.

County commissioners voted unanimously to award the contract to Zyscovich after both county and city commissioners approved it in a joint meeting Tuesday.

The shared facility, known as the Joint Government Center Campus, would be built on the 3-acre site of the county’s main bus terminal on Broward Boulevard between Northwest First and Second avenues, across the tracks from the Brightline train station.

The joint government center would be located within a few blocks of Fort Lauderdale’s aging city hall at 100 North Andrews Avenue, built in the 1960s; and the county government center at 115 South Andrews Avenue, a former Burdines department store still equipped with escalators.

By summer, Zyscovich plans to assess the space needs of the city and county and propose a package of design criteria to guide the selection of a bidder to build the government center, Alan Cohen, assistant county administrator, told the commissioners.

Bernard Zyscovich, founder and CEO of the architecture firm bearing his name, was unavailable for comment. The scope of his work under the county contract “does not include architectural design,” Cohen said. “We’re not producing a site plan.”

Los Angeles-based AECOM, a publicly held, international engineering firm, made an unsolicited proposal in June to build the county-city government center, but details of the proposal remain confidential, Cohen said.

Without describing the unsolicited bid in detail, AECOM Vice President Mark Blanchard told commissioners that the company’s proposal would “accommodate everything you need.”

But Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said an assessment of city and county needs by Zyscovich should happen first. “We don’t know what we don’t know,” he said. An unsolicited bidder “may try to sell us a Cadillac, and we may only need a Chevrolet.”

After county commissioners awarded the contract to Zyscovich, Fort Lauderdale commissioner Ben Sorenson suggested another joint meeting of city and county commissioners in early January to amend an intra-local agreement prohibiting them from considering confidential details of the unsolicited AECOM proposal.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Realterm Logistics CEO Robert Fordi and 1900 Northwest 21st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale (Google Maps)
Industrial facility serving Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, other events sells for $29M
Industrial facility serving Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, other events sells for $29M
Christopher Brothers and 441 San Marco Drive in Fort Lauderdale (Maxim Group, Paterson Project Management)
Owner of real estate brokerage sells waterfront Fort Lauderdale home for $5M
Owner of real estate brokerage sells waterfront Fort Lauderdale home for $5M
Bell Partner's Jon Bell and Greystar's Bob Faith with the Satori Apartments. (Greystar, Bell Partners)
Bell Partners buys Fort Lauderdale apartments for $100M
Bell Partners buys Fort Lauderdale apartments for $100M
Safe Harbor Marinas CEO Baxter Underwood and Lauderdale Marine Center at 2001 Southwest 20th Street  (LinkedIn, Google Maps)
Safe Harbor pays $340M for Fort Lauderdale mega-marina
Safe Harbor pays $340M for Fort Lauderdale mega-marina
2412 Laguna Drive, Fort Lauderdale (Google Maps)
Baltic Hotel Group owner sells waterfront Fort Lauderdale mansion for $23M
Baltic Hotel Group owner sells waterfront Fort Lauderdale mansion for $23M
Eddie Irvine with 424 Rivo Alto Drive, Miami Beach and Johnny Gray with 176 Spyglass Lane, Jupiter (Getty, Google Maps)
South Florida by the numbers: Formula One revs up Miami real estate
South Florida by the numbers: Formula One revs up Miami real estate
830 Northeast 41 Court and Mindful Capital Group executives Jeffrey Pechter and Patrick Carney (Google Maps)
Mindful Capital buys Deerfield Beach industrial complex for $6M
Mindful Capital buys Deerfield Beach industrial complex for $6M
Alliance Consolidated executive Ben Reinberg and the Hallandale Beach medical office building (Alliance Consolidated Group of Companies)
Alliance Consolidated sells Hallandale Beach medical office building for $6M
Alliance Consolidated sells Hallandale Beach medical office building for $6M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...