A contract signing ceremony for the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility was held at the terminal site. Pictured from left: Architect, Donald Dean; Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; Principal, FES Construction Company Limited, Fletcher McIntosh; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham; Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant and Member of Parliament, South Abaco Edison Key. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- The
building of the new Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control
Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility will further enhance Marsh Harbour
Airport’s capacity to provide quality service to the growing number
of Abaco residents and visitors, Minister of Public Works and Transport
the Hon. Neko Grant said.
The project will complement
recent upgrades to the airside infrastructure that were undertaken a
year ago, Minister Grant said during the Contract Signing Ceremony at
the new terminal site, Thursday, September 1.
“These upgrades included
construction of a new jet runway of 6,100 feet conversion of the original
runway into a jet-way; installation of new signage, approach, taxiway,
and runway lighting, and the development of new flight procedures for
the new runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation
Minister Grant explained that
in July 2010, the Architects Incorporated Company was awarded a contract
for architectural design of the new Marsh Harbour terminal, control
tower, and fire/crash facilities along with works to integrate the existing
terminal building into the new airport terminal’s design.
He said subsequent to completion
of the architectural drawings, nine contractors were invited to submit
tenders for the project. Seven tenders were received and opened
at the Ministry of Finance’s Tenders Board meeting, May 17, 2011.
“The lowest bidder was considered
non-responsive and they withdrew from the tendering process. The
third lowest bidder was some $100,000 more than the second lowest, however
their completion period for the project was less.”
Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant brings remarks at the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility at the terminal site, Friday, September 1, 2011. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
Minister Grant stressed that
bid price is not the only factor considered in evaluating bid submissions
for capital works projects.
“In this case there is economic
benefit to be achieved for the Abaco economy as a result of FES Construction
Company’s committed project completion period of 60 weeks, 18 weeks
earlier than that submitted by the second lowest bidder, which by far
outweighs the difference in the bid price between them.”
He said FES Construction has
established a reputation of delivering quality work within agreed timelines
and maximises Bahamian participation in other projects.
“Against this background,
it was agreed by Cabinet that a contract should be awarded to FES Construction
Company Limited in the amount $23.7 million.”
The terminal will incorporate
architectural elements that reflect culture of The Bahamas. The
new 51,000 square feet terminal will include 22 counter positions, state-of-the-art
luggage scanning system, pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge,
eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks, long and short term public parking
areas along with taxi and employee parking areas.
The airport terminal, control
tower and the crash facility will be equipped with 100 per cent back
up emergency electrical supply systems. The existing terminal
will be converted into an Air Cargo facility.
Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace spoke on the importance of the Marsh Harbour Airport in The Bahamas. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
The Minister of Tourism and
Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace who also attended the ceremony
noted that Abaco has around 90,000 visitors every year. He said
the Marsh Harbour Airport is the second busiest airport in the country
and one of the busiest airports in the entire Caribbean region.
added that Abaco is visited by more persons than six countries in the
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon
Hubert A Ingraham; Member of Parliament, South Abaco and Chairman, the
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Edison Key; other senior
government officials and Local Government representatives were also
in attendance at the ceremony.