Construction firms sought for main airport job

Airport bosses are seeking to pre-qualify construction firms ahead of a bidding process for the multimillion-dollar construction contract for phase two of the Owen Roberts International Airport redevelopment. 

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority broke ground on phase one of the $55 million project last month. Arch and Godfrey were awarded that contract, valued at $3.6 million and a relatively small slice of the larger project. 

Now the Cayman Islands Airports Authority is asking potential bidders on the larger work to show their credentials ahead of a planned tender process for the rest of the job. 

The work includes completion of the expanded terminal building, including approximately 100,000 square feet of new extensions to the east, west and north, as well as renovation of the existing terminal building and additional parking. 

The CIAA says work is expected to begin in January and be completed in the first half of 2018. 

Albert Anderson, CEO of the authority, said, “One of the biggest challenges identified is ensuring that the terminal building will remain fully operational throughout the construction period. Therefore, the safety and security of staff, users and the traveling public remains paramount.” 

He said the operational requirements of the airport mean the work must be carried out in phases, leading to the two-and-a-half year time line for construction. 

The authority says it is seeking applications from established general contractors with experience on high value, multiphase projects, including those carried out in existing facilities and with strict safety and security requirements. 

Construction firms sought for main airport job
An illustration of the redesigned Owen Roberts International Airport. Work on phase two of the project is expected to begin in January and be completed in the first half of 2018.