BY JAMES HARPER
A spokesman for the Daytona International Speedway confirmed recently that DIS has received bids from minority-owned businesses for the $400 million “Daytona Rising” renovation project. However, no subcontractors have been hired yet.
Blacks and other minorities will have another opportunity to put in bids for work on the project as DIS announced this week that the second outreach forum is scheduled for Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at DIS, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd.
“If you are a Florida minority- or woman-owned business, or if you are a local Volusia County construction trade, join Barton Malow/Rossetti team to discuss possible opportunities on this project,” stated a press release sent to the Daytona Times.
To be awarded
Interested contractors have to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 386-681-4800 by Oct. 7.
The release said “packages to be awarded after the forum include: miscellaneous metals, drywall partitions and ceiling, acoustical ceilings, millwork and casework, floor tile, carpeting, painting, specialties, toilet platforms, accessories and miscellaneous specialties.”
“I know there are bids being received from a number of additional local and minority-owned businesses,” said Lenny Santiago, DIS’ senior director of public relations.
Below is a list of minority and women-owned business enterprises provided by Santiago to the Daytona Times who he says are participating in Daytona Rising thus far. None of these are black-owned.
• Apex Security Jobsite Security (Kissimmee)
• Bay to Bay Test and Balance Test and Balance (Orlando)
• Builders Exchange Drawing Production (Daytona Beach)
• Cunningham Oil Fuel Supply (Holly Hill)
• G&C Welding Loading Dock Stairs and Railings (Sanford)
• Industrial Steel, Inc. Stair Towers and Railings (Titusville)
• L+B Enterprises Cleaning Service (Ormond Beach)
As for local firms on the project thus far, Santiago said they are:
• Zev Cohen providing design services for the Make Ready/Race Ready work that is being completed now in preparation for the upcoming race events beginning in January. Sliger & Associates providing surveying and establishing horizontal and vertical building control.
• Dave’s Pest Control providing pest control services to the project office complex.
• P&S Paving doing site work and underground utility installation including sewer and water.
• AAA Fence providing temporary construction fencing and gates, and also assisting in relocating ticketing gates for events.
• Coleman Goodemote is installing Make Ready/Race Ready work.
• Economy Electric is providing electrical services for the Make Ready/Race Ready work and also disconnecting and reconnecting existing electrical services to allow new construction work to proceed safely.
• R.A. Scott Construction is a local firm doing underground utility installation as a subcontractor to P&S Paving.
First forum in July
More than 200 minority, women and local contractors turned out for a Daytona Rising subcontractor first outreach forum held July 17 at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS).
The forum provided a broad overview of DIS’s $400 million renovation project and its timeline over the next 30 months.
Interested contractors can email DIS.Outreach@bartonmalow.com to get on the bidders’ list.
Santiago said there also would be more work for non-contractors, who will be able to bid on jobs like food service and landscaping.
The outreach event came about after the Florida Courier and the Daytona Times published stories in April and May about minority contractors who try to participate in major construction projects like the one DIS is undertaking.
DIS reported in a recent press release ongoing construction activities including:
• Initial installation of piling and caps (approximately 2,400 piles and 520 caps are scheduled to be installed during the next several months)
• All four of the previously dismantled entrance portals/ticket gate structures have been reinstalled in preparation for upcoming events
• Continued overhaul of underground utilities, including storm and sanitary piping as well as electrical duct bank structures
• Installation of wellpoint dewatering system to enable construction of piling caps below the water table
• Installation of the lift station pump has been completed
• Rough grading for areas near the Sprint Tower as well as east and west sides
Upcoming construction activities are: installation of piling caps; commissioning and verification of services (power, water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage, telecom and data; and mobilization of Barton Malow concrete for installation of piling and piling caps.
Barton Malow is serving as the general contractor for the project. Rossetti, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, is leading the master planning of the Daytona Rising site.
Once renovation is completed, DIS will have five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” which will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels.
Each level will feature spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long front stretch. The new DIS will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands.
In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and Daytona 500.
Race fans can follow the progress of the Daytona Rising project by visiting www.daytonarising.com.