Work on the $55 million expansion of Grand Cayman’s airport is expected to begin in August.
The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is seeking bids from construction firms for the first phase of the redevelopment of the Owen Roberts International Airport.
A request for proposals was released this week for the construction of a two-story baggage sorting area, hold-bag screening room and mechanical room along with external paved areas.
The 29,000 square-foot, steel-framed structure will be the first significant work in the expansion project which will almost triple the capacity of Grand Cayman’s airport.
Albert Anderson, CEO of the authority, said work on the new building, which will be constructed to the east of the main terminal, close to the approach road to the airport, would not disrupt business at the airport.
Once complete, he said, it would allow the current out-going baggage area to be developed as an expansion to the departure lounge.
“If everything goes well, we are hoping to begin construction on phase one by the end of August and complete that part of the project in the first quarter of 2016,” he said.
Companies have until July 24 to bid on the project and will be required to demonstrate prior experience and capability to complete the job.
Mr. Anderson said the 29,000 square-foot building was comparatively small in scope, compared with the wider project, and suggested there would be many local firms eligible to bid for the work.