Civil Aviation Authority’s new HQ delayed

Richard Smith, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, gets ready to smash the wall of the old Cayman Airways building, during a groundbreaking ceremony at the CIAA new headquarters in May 2018. - Photo: Alvaro Serey

A delay in the procurement process has set back the completion of the new headquarters of the Civil Aviation Authority Cayman Islands.

In 2018, the CAACI executed a 99-year lease on a property beside the Owen Roberts International Airport. The site formerly housed the Cayman Airways headquarters, which was damaged in Hurricane Ivan and demolished to make way for the CAACI building.

Groundbreaking of the $2.4 million facility occurred in May last year, and an October 2019 completion date was announced. Now, four months after the original planned completion, construction continues on the project.

In a brief statement, in response to an email from the Cayman Compass, CAACI Director General Richard Smith said the project now is expected to be completed sometime in March next year.

“The CAACI has progressed for construction of the corporate offices after delays were experienced in the initial stage caused by the Public Procurement Committee (PPC) by the CI Government,” said Smith in his email. “Once the procurement process was completed, the construction commenced on Monday, 9 Sept. 2019, and is progressing to expected construction timelines.”

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The project is being funded by CAACI’s cash reserves. No response was received to questions seeking clarity as to whether the delay caused an increase in the expenditure, and if there were any changes to the proposed blueprints or design of the facility.

“At this time, barring any other issues, anticipated completion time is end of the first quarter 2021,” Smith said.

The CAACI has been housed at Grand Harbour since the authority’s restructuring in June 2004, when the Cayman Islands Airports Authority acquired all real estate previously held by CAACI.

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