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Magic award $17M in training-facility contracts to minority and women-owned businesses; begin Juneteenth events

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 6/16/2021 Roy Parry, Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Magic have awarded $17 million in design and construction contracts for their AdventHealth Training Center to 33 local minority- and women-owned business enterprises. That amount is significant in that it represents nearly 32% of awarded opportunities, which is above the city’s recommended 24% level for minority- and women-owned business enterprises participation.

Those firms awarded contracts include Mack Contracting, C.T. Windows, TJNG Partners, SGM Engineering Inc., TLP Engineering, Consultants, JK2 Scenic, Southeastern Surfaces and Equipment, Percopo Coatings Company, and MMR Constructors, Inc. (which uses minority- and women-owned business enterprises sub-subcontractors).

The 130,000-square-foot facility will serve as the Magic’s practice and training site. It will be on a nearly 4-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard, one block from Amway Center.

Construction began in September and the $70 million facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022. It was delayed about one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mack Contracting president Lawrence Mack-Harrell is elated to be a part of the training center project. His firm is in charge of underground utility, earth work, excavation and paving at the site. The number and amount of contracts awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses by the Magic makes it even more special, Mack-Harrell said.

“From that responsibility perspective that the Magic took on to make it a priority to solicit local minority participation on the project even though it was private money and nobody was forcing their hand to pursue minority contractors [is great],” Mack-Harrell said in a media release. “For them to go out and do that is obviously what I think the minority programs are intended [for] by the city of Orlando to help develop and help the local businesses and local companies, especially with minority folks, and giving guys like us a chance and a shot at these higher-level high-profile projects. I think the Magic are going above and beyond what they necessarily have to or not have to do.”

In addition, AdventHealth’s 33,300-square-foot medical center will provide patient care for the Orlando community. Services will include orthopedics, primary care, sports medicine, imaging, rehabilitation and sports performance. Patients also will have access to AdventHealth’s network of sports-trained gastroenterologists, cardiologists, sleep, psychology and nutrition experts.

“Our hope is that this facility is even more than a world-class training center and becomes a true ‘win-win’ for the community and the team,” Magic chairman Dan DeVos said in a press release. “We’re dedicated to two things — building a championship organization for the long-term and being an accountable and invested community partner with local residents. Health and wellness are so important to all of us and we’re eager to see this center contribute to meaningful outcomes on and off the court.”

Celebrating Juneteenth: The Magic will be a part of a virtual Unity Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. as the organization

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Nadine Mentor, founder of Mentor Holdings & Investments and The Greatest Investment Girls Empowerment Program, and U.S. Rep. Val Demings will be the featured speakers during the Black Excellence: A State of Mind panel discussion. They will share stories of success, perseverance and generational impact.

In addition, the Magic will close their offices on Friday to honor and celebrate Juneteenth. The oldest national holiday commemorates the emancipation of slavery in the United States.

The organization also held a virtual Walk With Us town hall on Wednesday that included Magic guard Markelle Fultz. The discussion focused on the history and significance of the Juneteenth holiday as well as examining the African American presence in Orlando since 1865.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Roy Parry at rparry@orlandosentinel.com. Follow on Twitter @osroyparry

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