Florida's Canaveral Port Authority has awarded a $108.5m contract to Ivey’s Construction for building its new Cruise Terminal 3 project.
The contract agreement has been approved by the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, when finished in May 2020.
“We're creating a world-class cruise terminal, and with these contract awards, the project is mobilizing and moving ahead,” stated Port CEO Captain John Murray. “We are confident that this state-of-the-art facility will be constructed on schedule and on budget.”
A five-member Port Canaveral selection committee favored Ivey's for the cruise terminal project over a partnership of H.J. High Construction of Orlando and Suffolk Construction of West Palm Beach, which bid $83 million. Committee members gave Ivey's top scores based on factors such as pricing and construction schedule. Ivey's received an average score of 93.8 out of 100. The Suffolk/H.J. High partnership earned an average score of 86.2. Ivey's also submitted the lone bid on the parking garage project.
Because both bids exceed original project estimates, the Port is using "value engineering" to analyze design features for cost-saving options.
“The goal of the value engineering process is to partner with the design and contracting teams to provide the most cost-efficient structure while maintaining the original design intent and function of the facility.” said Bill Crowe, Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities for Port Canaveral.
The Port has taken several measures to ensure minimal impact to surrounding recreation areas during the construction period, including the installation of a seismic monitoring system in the surrounding area during the pile-driving process.