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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2020
CONTACT:  Daisy Gonzalez-Diego
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
305-995-2060

School Board Approves GOB Project Contracts for New Middle School Project, Renovations at Two Elementary Schools

Goals exceeded for utilization of SBE and M/WBE

Construction will begin shortly on a new K-8 building addition at Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy, along with renovations at Joella C. Good Elementary after the Miami-Dade County School Board approved construction contracts for two General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects valued at $16.6 million. The School Board also commissioned an architectural / engineering firm for renovations of the GOB project at Flamingo Elementary, valued at $9.6 million, during its regular monthly meeting.


Florida Lemark Corporation was contracted to deliver the new, 38,000 square-foot, three-story addition that will house the sixth-to-eighth-grade expansion at Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy in Doral. The school, which was named for beloved, lifelong educator Maria Antonia “Toni” Bilbao, was constructed in 2017.

This project will include administrative offices, a warming kitchen, outside dining area and patio, science lab and classrooms including rooms for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs, language arts, computer and band. The school will also receive a new basketball court, covered drop-off area, additional parking spaces, playfield upgrades and covered walkway connection to the existing building. The facility has a permanent capacity of 750 student stations and will expand to a total capacity of 1,200 permanent student stations upon completion of this phase.

Florida Lemark will use a total Sub-Contractor Small/ Micro Business Utilization (S/MBE) participation of 21.38 percent and Minority/Women Business Enterprise Utilization (M/WBE) participation of 5.95 percent. The company will provide local workforce utilization of 20 percent for construction within a countywide radius. The $11.8 million project is scheduled to be completed by July 2021.

Joella C. Good Elementary was built in 1990 on an 11-acre parcel of land between Country Club of Miami and Miami Gardens. The existing school, which had additions constructed in 2004, is currently comprised of eight buildings with 963 student stations.


State Contracting & Engineering Corporation has been contracted to deliver a modernized makeover to the school complete with ADA-approved renovations, replacement of safety and climate control equipment, new building signage, and painting and miscellaneous upgrades throughout. The $4.8 million GOB project is slated to be completed by October 2021.

State Contracting will use a total Sub-Contractor Small/ Micro Business Utilization (S/MBE) participation of 23.31 percent and Minority/Women Business Enterprise Utilization (M/WBE) participation of 7.28 percent. The company will provide local workforce utilization of 20 percent for construction within a 10-mile radius. 


M.C. Harry & Associates, Inc. (MCH), has been commissioned as the architect/engineer of record for the renovation of Flamingo Elementary. Built in 1957, the school shares a border with Bright Park in Hialeah and LeJeune Road. The existing facility has had additions constructed and is currently comprised of six buildings.

The project includes ADA-approved renovations throughout all six buildings including a new elevator, replacement of safety and climate control equipment, new hurricane storm windows, new lighting, renovated lavatories and entry ways, and painting and miscellaneous upgrades throughout. The $9.6 million project is scheduled to be completed by April 2023.

MCH will use a total Sub-Consultant S/MBE participation of 10.54 percent and M/WBE participation of 12.16 percent. The company will provide a local workforce utilization of 20 percent for construction within a 10-mile radius.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been expediting construction projects while schools have been closed, following all CDC guidelines and prioritizing health and safety.

In 2012, voters overwhelmingly approved the GOB to renovate, remodel and replace schools; expand student capacity; enhance safety and provide technology upgrades. View current projects by visiting Capital Improvements @MDCPSCapital on Twitter or use #GOBProgress.

TOP CAPTION:  Rendering of new addition at Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy



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