WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. February 3, 2009
The Max Planck Florida Institute has issued a request for proposals for a construction manager to build a 100,000-square-foot biomedical research facility at Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Fla. Interested firms must meet the minimum qualifications, which includes experience in the construction of complex, major educational, institutional, industrial and research projects. Three of those projects should have been completed within the last 10 years, and each should have a value of more than $50 million. Firms should also have demonstrated experience in managing and executing LEED-certified projects, and include a commitment to maximizing local business and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) throughout the construction program.
Construction on the Max Planck Florida Institute is expected to begin in the Spring of 2010, and be completed by Fall, 2011. A full list of requirements is available within the RFP. Proposals are due by February 25, 2009.
Washington, D.C.-based Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP is the architect for the facility. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., a financial and professional services firm, serves as the program manager that will oversee development and construction.
In March 2008, Max Planck Florida Corporation entered into an agreement with the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade & Economic Development (OTTED) for $94 million from the Innovation Incentive Fund. In July 2008, the Board of Palm Beach County Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of $86.9 million to build and operate a 100,000 square facility on six acres on FAU's MacArthur campus in Jupiter, adjacent to Scripps Florida. The total value of the agreement with Palm Beach County and the partners in the deal, including FAU and the Town of Jupiter, is $94 million, which matches the amount from the State.
Germany's Max Planck Society is an independent, non-profit scientific research organization. With an annual operating budget of $2.1 billion and 81 institutes located through the European Union and now in the United States, the Society pioneers research at the frontiers of human knowledge in the natural sciences, life sciences, and the humanities. It has 17 Nobel Prize Laureates to its credit since its inception in 1948, a staff of 13,000, and an additional 12,000 fellows of the International Max Planck Research Schools, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, assistants and visiting scientists.
Research at the Max Planck Florida Institute will focus on bioimaging, using the most advanced techniques to visualize microscopic molecular processes. Bioimaging provides a critical opportunity to translate discoveries of basic research into clinical and patient-oriented applications, which can ultimately be used to help improve medical diagnostics and medical care. The Florida-based institute plans to collaborate with Scripps Florida on health-oriented research applications, and is establishing relationships with FAU and other universities, as well as with the Palm Beach County K-12 School District and Palm Beach Community College to enhance and advance bioscience programs at all levels of education.
The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County anticipates that Max Planck Florida will support the creation of more than 1,800 jobs — both directly and indirectly — over the next two decades, and generate more than $2 billion in economic activity.